I’m the girl who always drove a truck and had a dog in the back bed. Where I’m from, that’s where your dogs rode. Here in “uppity” Colorado (no offense of course, I love it here) people’s dogs ride in their cars. Which, would have proposed a bit of a problem when my German Shepherd-Husky Mix, Chloe, was still alive. She shed hair like it was nobody’s business. I couldn’t ever clean up all the hair…it was constantly coating everything from my furniture, to my floors…to me.
After she died, I swore…no more dogs for a long time. And no more dogs that shed hair. I wanted a little dog, one that actually could ride around in the car or that we could take on trips or whatever and was easy. Of course, I understood these kinds of dogs were also more expensive. So, once I saw the price tag, I kind of let the entire notion go. We still hadn’t put up a fence at our new house…so it was something that could wait.
Callie however, had different plans. She’s always wanted a dog, but in the last year…she’s consistently asked for one. And, once she realized her 6th birthday was around the corner, that was what was on her wish-list. And that’s all. So, my search began again, and sure enough…I found the perfect little dog. He’s a mini Yorkie, but not the adorable, teacup kind (those little creatures would never make it in my house…I’ve learned since bringing the bigger, miniature dog home)…and he was the ugliest out of his litter (and therefore, also the cheapest), but my heart about burst when that little guy came right over and licked my finger. His siblings, the teacup kind, were running around and yapping like little monsters. But not my Rooster…who’s name was perfect because of his lack of hair-except for a few wild little strands that stick up on the back of his head.
Callie was ecstatic! She loved Rooster, and insisted he sleep with her, and do everything with her. Oddly enough, Rooster took a severe liking to me, and refuses to sleep anywhere but in my bed. Callie doesn’t seem to mind though, she still carries him around everywhere…and while she doesn’t show the same interest in cleaning up his poop as she did in the beginning-the new hasn’t quite faded.
I realized, all those moments I had baby fever, itching maybe to want to have another child or feeling like our family wasn’t complete were maybe a secret part of me knowing our family wasn’t yet complete…we just needed Rooster.