In August we lost our Cocker Spaniel to Cancer. That was so painful, I became depressed and found it very hard to work. The idea of another dog took hold and the convincing of my husband began. Only the hope that he would come around kept me going. Oh how I ached in my heart and physically. Finally he agreed, I found a puppy which needed less walking but sweet in nature.
On the 21st December I picked up my Cavalier King Charles spaniel, tri colour, and she was 10 weeks old. Such a dear little face with diamond shaped eyebrows in a black and white face. Such a dear little thing, I found myself sitting on the floor playing with her, my aches and pains have disappeared like magic - well almost.
But my focus is on her and her needs, she has a way to go before she is house trained for instance, but she only wants to please and is very confused. I mean, when she tiddles on the paper she gets praise, but on the carpet none. Her little face looks up at me expecting praise but I have to disappoint her. She will get it one day. Anyway she made Christmas for me, being a constant distraction and a delight with the grandchildren - though she is so delicate they have to be gentle.
Just stroking her fur as she nods off on my shoulder - [her favourite safe place], sooths me and calms me. I even had a row and appologised far sooner than ever before. She makes me smile and think of her, not my aches and pains.
I recommend getting a pet if you can. Even a guinea pig as they have character and can be kept indoors.
I am so pleased to have my little puppy, and now I learn I am to be a Nan to another little baby due 4th of July 2013!!
Happy New Year everyone!