I think much of what Lies said is along my thinking too. I adopted my first "very own" puppy when I was barely 21. In some ways it was like having a baby--no more going somewhere after work--I had to get home to take care of the puppy! My life revolved around the pup, the training, finding housing that would accept him. Sometimes I think about how he was my "practice kid", heh. I felt that since he turned out ok (he was almost 4 when I had my first baby) that my kids would be ok, lmao!
They are different. But my kids come first in life. Having said that, the last year of my life has been mostly devoted to and revolved around the **** pup! But now the kids are old enough to understand and help. We even planned our summer vacation around places we could take him, since I didn't feel he was old enough to leave in someone else's care. When there's an emergency here though, especially concerning one of my kids, he gets let out, water and food and that's it until the crisis is over.
~Elrond's Rocket of Rivendell, aka The RocketDog
06/15/11 hiker and runner extraordinaire
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