Experience is the best teacher.
Or so they say.
But do human beings ever truly learn from experience?
Judging by my decision-making skills, I’m gonna go with no.
Had I decided I’d been lacking a sufficient amount of insanity in my life?
Seems to me on any given day, I’m personally not lacking for ways of keeping myself sufficiently occupied.
After writing a goofy rant about extravagant child-related expenses last week, my family and I went out and did the most logical thing possible a mere two days later.
Now, we aren’t particularly spontaneous people when it comes to making big decisions that require serious commitment.
But my younger son had recently written a compelling letter about a very specific concern related to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that set the madness into motion.
So, last Sunday afternoon…
We took a drive to a local pet shelter.
Just to look around, of course.
And then we somehow walked out of there with yet another mouth to feed.
We drove home with a delightful Border Collie rolling around in the backseat, wedged between my ecstatic son and me.
What did I know about dogs?
Not a whole hell of a lot, that’s for sure.
Yet once again, I found myself permitted to bring home a living thing…
With no clue as to what I was doing or getting into.
Sensing a pattern here?
I’d only owned a small handful of pets in my life.
We had a few gerbils and hamsters when I was little.
I thought they were creepy and was terrified to ever go near them.
When I was 12, I desperately wanted a kitten.
And as luck would have it, we ended up getting one for free.
She was part Siamese, and far bigger part crazed alley cat.
When she wasn’t busy trying to stuff live birds and butterflies in her mouth, she’d move on to picking fights with the neighborhood cats.
She also tried to kill us on a daily basis as she hid at the bottom of the stairs with the hope of catching a leg or two on the way down.
And then there was our more recent failed venture in fish ownership.
The first-ever pets for my boys, the never-ending cycle of birth and death in that tank of inbreeding fish should’ve, at the very least, taught us a lesson in setting a solid case for avoiding future pets at all costs.
What were we thinking?
I’ve never been much of a dog person.
Large dogs freak me out.
Loud dogs don’t do much for me, either.
But this guy…
He’s no ordinary dog.
He stands on his hind legs and gives gentle hugs.
He’s calm, happy, and entertaining.
He loves to be loved.
He’s our 5 year old puppy.
Most of the other dogs at the shelter were barking their heads off and bouncing off the sides of their cages like crack-fueled maniacs.
But not this guy.
He sat there quietly, gazing at us with a look of pure happiness and contentment.
As if he knew the key to being a winning prospect was simply to not look like a raving lunatic.
And so now here we are, going for walks and peeing in neighbors’ flower beds.
The dog, I mean.
Definitely not me.
He’s also taken a liking to pooping in my herb garden.
Well, they do say pets enrich lives.
I guess the extra fertilizer must be the enriching factor.
Hopefully those herbs will really start flourishing now!
For someone who never cared much for dogs, this sweet boy managed to win me over in a heartbeat.
I’m still not sure how to feel about all the face licking and crotch sniffing, though.
But at least he doesn’t ask me when I’m going grocery shopping again since he probably won’t be the one eating us out of the house.
~Happy Friday, friends! If you’d like to read my son’s compelling case for getting a dog, click on the picture below for a larger view. I think he might have a future in persuasive essay writing. Either that, or he’ll make a disturbingly fine attorney… Have a fantastic weekend!~