This week I am reminded that I am happiest in the presence of dogs. We had a dog, Murphy the Very Bad Beagle, for nearly 14 years. Those of you who have had Beagles know how hard it is to live with them, but how easy it is to love them. After she died, we decided not to get another doggy just yet. We wanted to enjoy the freedom to travel and the ease of not being responsible for another cuddly family member.
When I retired, I thought I would rush right out and volunteer at an animal shelter. I still didn’t want to commit to another dog since we wanted to continue enjoying guilt-free travel. But I never did go volunteer at the shelter because I knew what would happen, I would have at least one dog by now.
That’s why this week has been so much fun. In the 14 years that Murphy was around, we never had to put her in a kennel when we traveled. We relied on the generosity of our friends and family who, over the years, were kind enough to stay in our house to take care of Murphy-the-very-difficult-dog.
Which is part of the reason I will always jump at the chance to help my friends when they and their doggies need a vacation. Even though most of these friends are not the same friends that took care of Murphy, I’m a firm believer that what goes around comes around.
Today concludes the vacation of Lucy the-incredibly-well-behaved Golden Retriever. I have loved having her follow me around all week. Especially since I know she will go back to enjoy a loving home when we’re done with her canine vacation. I’m still not ready for a dog of my own, and I don’t think I could work with homeless doggies without bringing a few home. But I do love that retirement gives me the chance to enjoy some quality time with my friends’ pets while they enjoy some quality vacation time knowing their dogs are being spoiled rotten.
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