Filed under: Adventures in "Motherhood"
One year ago today, I flew back to Charlotte from a five-day Scranton visit and drove my butt directly to a local animal shelter.
It was only a week beforehand that I put down a deposit for this adorable black puppy, four months old, whose name was Raleigh. She was shy, but quite inquisitive and unbelievably excited.
And just 365 days later, she’s had her name changed to Sophie – she was a Sophie the minute I met her – and moved with me into a new home. She’s experienced her first major snowfall, traveled 1,000 roundtrip miles with me to Pennsylvania and back, learned to sit and shake hands, had her first birthday and shared more than a few ups and downs with her still-learning-how-to-be-a-pet-owner mother. But I love her more than anything and I’m certain she loves me just the same. (And if ever I doubt that, her 10-minute joyfest the moment I arrive home from work clears up that confusion quickly!)
As I look back on this same day of 2008, I’m so glad and grateful that little dog’s life collided with mine. I think a new toy and maybe a big treat are in order tonight as I celebrate this milestone anniversary with my puppy girl.
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