Dogs We have Loved
People here often talk about their pets, especially their dogs. At present, we don't have a dog, though we have had three at different times in the past.
Each one came to us from someone who was unable to care for her or him -- Jill, who was four years old, came to us because her owner was an older man going into an assisted living situation where they didn't allow pets. He cried when he gave her to us, tears rolling down his face as he got into his car to drive away. He knew he was doing the best thing for Jill, as he saw how delighted our young son was to have her and because we lived on a farm with lots of space for Jill to play.
Noah was brought to us by a young woman living in a small apartment in the city. She worked all day and Noah was left alone too much. She had gotten Noah as an adorable puppy and realized too late that she couldn't give him the attention he needed. He was with our family for a long time and we loved him dearly.
The third dog was not as happy a situation. He came to us after being abused by his previous owner and so was not safe to be around our young children. We had to find him another home, which we did. I hope his new family, who were without kids, were able to give him a better life.
We have considered getting a dog now that our kids have grown up and moved away, but the truth is, we are hesitant as we may need to travel to visit them and don't want to be unfair to dogs left behind. Who knows whether this will change for us, but for now we are without a pet.
I love to read about other people's beloved pets.
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