I’m not always right. And that’s a good thing. Because if I was always right, @luckypupdog would never have come into my life and I couldn’t celebrate her today, on #NationalHotDogDay, as my favorite weiner.
When @jonbrollin declared his intentions to get a #dachshund a few days before Christmas 2017, I quickly came up with all the reasons why he shouldn't.
You travel too much to care for a dog. It's just before Christmas -- a terrible time to get a dog. We don't know anything about #Dachshunds. I've read they take special care and can be hard to train. We already have two dogs. When we're watching your dog, we'll have three in the house. Too many!
And so on.
Thank goodness, he didn't listen to me. Despite my resistance, the moment that little nine-week-old ball of fur and energy entered our home I was love struck. The laughs, love and stories she's given us in just over a year outshine any apprehensions I may have had.
What I've enjoyed most is watching our son and this dog bond. Lucky likes Susan and me well enough. But to say the sun rises and sets for her in Jonathan would be an understatement. There's something about seeing someone, or in this case some critter, love Jonathan unconditionally that makes my heart soar.
I should have seen this coming. When Jonathan was a young angler, we encountered a fisherman and his loyal dachshund on the banks of Buffalo Creek. The dog was fully engaged in helping his owner land the big catfish on his line. This left an impression on Jonathan.
Later, while in high school, Jonathan worked as a kennel assistant for a local veterinarian where he bonded with Roxie the #Doxie. She’d leap into his arms when he opened her crate to feed her and he’d have to carry her (happily, I might add) during the rest of his rounds. You might say he was doxie-smitten long before I knew it.
Now he has his constant companion and we get to enjoy Lucky when he’s in town. We even granddog sit on occasion. The joy of seeing our son and his pup living out their happy adventures make me realize that I hope I'm wrong like this more often.