Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm thankful for..

..Dharma and Ami. Our two dogs are the best. They truly are members of our family.

When we were first talking about getting a dog, I knew right away that I wanted to get a bichon. They are considered the hypoallergenic dog because they don't shed. It's true! They have all that beautiful white fur, but it stays on them, not on the couch!

We got Dharma just before Christmas in 1997. She was about six weeks old at the time. I remember how little she was. We lived in a two-story townhouse at the time. She was so small, she couldn't go up and down the stairs. We had to carry her. She slept on Toby's shoulder for the longest time after she came home with us. She still sleeps in bed with us to this day. Dharma is such a sweet and loving dog. As this breed tends to do, she wants to be right next to her 'people' all the time, unless there is a more comfortable napping spot elsewhere. A few years ago, one of her knee ligaments was injured, and she had to have surgery to get an artificial one. It broke my heart. A few weeks later, the other knee had the same problem. Hence, surgery number two. That was a tough summer for our 'first born.' Given that she is 11 years old now, she's not as spry and active as she was in her younger days. We are happy that she doesn't currently have any health problems or chronic conditions. We hope we are blessed to have her happy and healthy and in our family for many more years..

Dharma was an only 'child' for a long time. Two years ago, we began to think about adding another four-legged child to the mix. We knew we wanted another bichon, again because of the personality and the whole no shedding thing. We also thought it would be good for Dharma to have a younger dog around, and to have someone to play with and hang out with during the day while Toby and I were at work. We found Ami through our veterinarian. She was sort of the 'runt' of the litter. Very small, and sporting an umbilical hernia. That meant she couldn't be used for breeding, which limited her registration. We didn't care. Our babies are family, not show dogs. So, she promptly came home with us. She is a chewer, where Darma is not. I've lost a few shoes, and the couch has seen better days. But overall, Ami is a wonderful girl, just like her big sis...

We are so blessed to have these two sweet souls in our family. I can already tell that they are going to be very protective of Sophia! Speaking of Sophia...the poor puppies have had their share of attention from the parents reduced since the little bundle of joy came home from the hospital. But, that's the great thing about dogs. They still love you anyway, even if you don't always take the time to stop and scratch their bellies!

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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