2014 is a year of change.
Zelda, my beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, has been gone four years. I have lived vicariously through all the wonderful dog photos sent to be made into Zelda’s Song dog themed photo jewelry – and through all the wonderful stories that members of the Zelda’s Song Pack have shared with me.
But now, it’s time to change that.
As you know, I am a dedicated Bernese Mountain Dog mom. So my only dilemma – a puppy or an older dog rescue?
Let’s start with the case for a pup…
Right now, the cat wins all the arguments. She won’t so much with a puppy.
2. Shabby Carpets
What better time to get a pup than when the carpeting is on its way out, anyway?
Perfect flower beds are a lot of work – and puppy magnets. Time for a break.
4. The back seat of my SUV is empty.
Too quiet, too. I miss the dog water bowl, half-chewed dog bones, and most of the sand from the beach that used to accumulate back there. Oh yeah, the inside of the windows are too clean.
And what a fine collection of dog crates I have….a different size for every 6 months up to 2! I’d have to pay someone to take them away.
6. Lots of new, cool stuff to buy.
Not just dog toys, dog beds, and dog collars – but all sorts of new products to promote dog health, safety and well-being that just weren’t around when I had Zelda.
An alarm clock isn’t going to leave a puddle…a whimpering puppy will.
8. Zelda would want it.
I know she’d think it was time to go on – we had a wonderful life together, and part of that was possible because of the lessons I’d learned living with Casey, my first Bernese Mountain Dog, and Molly, my Newfoundland.
I may not end up a dog whisperer, but it’s time to make whatever commitment is necessary to good dog training – especially puppy obedience lessons. Maybe even to hope that he or she becomes a therapy dog, or a canine good citizen.
Life with a dog brings a unique happiness with it that cannot be replaced by anything else.
What Would You Do?
I’d love to know about how you made your choice – how did you decide between a puppy or an older dog rescue?