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Puppy Love…Really it’s about our new dog

WatsonIt feels like it’s time for me to do a warm and fuzzy post, and I have the perfect warm and fuzzy…our new dog Watson. At the beginning of the summer we decided it was a good time to add a pet to the family. I’ve always had pets up until about 11 years ago when my son was diagnosed with Asthma and we had to put our aging cats down. We were busy with two young kids and having a pet seemed like a lot of work at the time. Now that that kids are older (12 and 14) it seemed like the perfect time to bring some activity and unconditional love into the house.

We have had Watson for about 8 weeks now. We adopted him from the Guelph Humane Society, who were awesome, by the way! After we adopted him he had to stay at the Humane Society for 2 weeks for a scheduled surgery. We would go and visit him almost every day and bring his favourite toy – squeaky bear. And every time we left, our hearts broke; we hated leaving him there. Once he and his surgery had a few days to rest, we were able to bring him home, but we knew 2 more surgeries were scheduled. In 8 weeks the little guy had 3 surgeries, 2 of those were when he was with us. During our last checkup, after the removal of a small tumor, we got the clean bill of health. I could finally truly become attached to the little guy.

The last 8 weeks have been an adjustment, but I will never be without a pet again!  We have had our ups and downs as we all adjust to the new routines. Watson was a stray and is about a year and half old, so we have a few behavioural issues, mostly around other dogs, but for the most part he has fit in very well. It’s been great for me. As most of you know, I work from home and he forces me to get off my computer and get out of the house. On average I’m walking about an hour a day. I’ve lost weight and sleep better. The best part is there is some more laughter in the house. The kids love him!

For all of you dog lovers you know I could go on about the joys of a dog for hours, and for you non-lovers, if you made it this far, thank you and I’ll stop being sappy now.

P.S. if we’re on the phone and you hear squeaking in the background, it’s the dog. And yes, it’s happened.

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  1. 09/28/2013 at 6:12 pm

    Sharon I am so happy for you and the family! There is no more wonderful addition to a family than a dog… as you know we have two, and a friend of mine once put together the equation that Mitch + Puppy = Nicer Mitch. I hope I get to meet Watson some day! -M

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