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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Mr. Mom

I have shared these past couple of days about dogs and puppies past and present, so I only feel it would be fair to share about the one who so far has been left out; Dakota who would probably be better dubbed " Mr. Mom."

Dakota is our 10 1/2 year old Australian Shepherd(we're quite fond of Aussies!) and even though he is a male, he has the strongest mothering instinct I've ever seen. Until recently, any new puppy that would come into the household was mothered by Dakota. He would lay with them, wash them, and nurture them just as well if not better than their own mothers would.

Dakota may not be brave like Sequoia was, he certainly doesn't make the best watch dog as he doesn't have an aggressive bone anywhere in his body. He is just 67lbs of heart! He is the dog I can leave alone in the room with my toddler and not have to worry about my toddlers safety beyond maybe being licked to the point of annoyance. All Dakota wants is to give love and receive lots in return.

For some reason, whether due to age, or just the personality of this new puppy, Dakota hasn't taken this puppy under his paw like he has the others. Even though he isn't playing mommy to the pup, he is displaying an incredible amount of patience and tolerance with the overly active pup's never ending antics.

After losing Sequoia so suddenly and unexpectedly I wanted to take the time to pause and appreciate those who have been here faithfully the longest and appreciate them now while they are still here to receive that appreciation. You never know when they will suddenly be taken from you, so love those close to you whether furry or human now, while they are still here to receive that appreciation and let them know just what they mean to you. I can't think of a better time to do that than the Holiday Season. There's never a bad time to say "I love you" other than after that special someone is no longer here and it's too late.

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