I admit it…I’m a sap when it comes to dogs, and puppies easily turn me into a babbling idiot.

We had to say goodbye to our last dog, Lady, a year ago.  I never thought I’d be without a dog, but we’ve needed this doggie break.  We’re not sure when we’ll fill the empty nest again, but…

To my great surprise and delight, our daughter and son-in-law recently adopted a dog from the pound, and now I HAVE A GRANDPUPPY!!!

Me and Jessie -My Grandpuppy!

Me and Jessie -My Grandpuppy!

I may be a little biased, but isn’t she just about the cutest thing you’ve seen?

Jessie Girl

Dogs have been an important part of my life forever.

We already had Rex when I was born.  He died when I was 7, and I got Pepper when I was 10 years old.  She was well loved and pampered her entire life!

Pepper loved the snow!

Pepper loved the snow!

Pepper even rode my bicycle with me!

Pepper even rode my bicycle with me!

She was 11 when I got married and lived to see me become a mommy to 2 kids.  She was 13 when we got Ginger.  She wasn’t very happy about sharing the family after being an ‘only dog’ her whole life, but she tolerated Ginger well enough.

Ginger & Pepper

Ginger & Pepper

We had to say goodbye to Pepper about a year later, and Ginger ruled the house for a long while as an only dog.

She didn't know she was a dog!

She didn’t know she was a dog!

She was good with the kids, but I had trouble bonding well with her because I’d been so heartsick when Pepper died.  I didn’t want to get attached and hurt all over again.  She started ailing around 11 years old, however, and we got Nikki because I just couldn’t imagine not having a dog around.

They crowded themselves into one bed instead of getting in their own.

They crowded themselves into one bed instead of getting in their own.

Ginger perked up with a puppy in the house and they played well.  She couldn’t go bird hunting anymore, though, because of her arthritis, so Lady entered our lives.

Nikki and Lady -Lady's first day home.

Nikki and Lady -Lady’s first day home.

The 3 Musketeers

The 3 Musketeers

When we had to say goodbye to Ginger, the younger two became very close.

Lady always wanted to be touching Nikki.

Lady always wanted to be touching Nikki.

Me and the girls

Me and the girls

We’re off to see our daughter and son-in-law this weekend, and PLAY WITH JESSIE, TOO!

In case you forgot this cute face!

In case you forgot this cute face!

 

How about you?  What role have pets played in your life?

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