First, don’t get your knickers in a knot. I adore my two, highly successful daughters. They bring joy and happiness to my life. But my years of child-rearing are far behind me. Thus, with the adoption of my newest puppy, I share my thoughts.
Dogs have attributes humans don’t have. They love unconditionally. When I arise from bed, I look like a bag lady, with my messy hair and half-awake eyes. Yet, they gaze adoringly at me. When I walk down the driveway to get the mail or make a quick trip to the grocery store, they greet me, as though I’ve been gone for months. As I write this blog, they all lie at my feet. My kids never did that.
Secondly, my dogs are not divas. They’ve never asked for my credit card to buy trendy shoes or purses. Nor do my dogs want Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Mark Jacobs, Louis V. clothing and accessories. They’ve never asked for a ride to cheer practice or tennis lessons. They never asked for a ride to the mall or for money. (Once, my eldest called when she was in college requesting money. Whoa! She got a monthly allowance, so I phoned and asked why she needed money. Her answer: You don’t know how expensive it is to eat out In California! True, I rarely ate out.). My dogs are fine with their non-designer kibble.
My dogs don’t talk back; they know I’m the alpha. None of them have ever called me a name, yelled at me, nor called into question my opinions or advice. They willingly follow my leadership, And I’m most grateful, they didn’t go through puberty, nor endure the petty girl spats and lack of dates with dreamy, Joe Jock.
So in my golden years, I’m living the dream with my six companions, who adore me–in spite of my flaws and warts. Seriously, my life couldn’t be more wonderful…in the company of dogs.