1. I was just telling Gerald the other day that once our Bama girl kicks the bucket, I’m thinking I may not want to get another dog. All those things you listed + super stinky dog smell. But then you listed all the great positives that are sometimes easy to forget or you come to take them for granted, and now I’m torn! I’m not sure how I’ll feel the day our house becomes dogless. Makes me sad just thinking about it. And I think you’ve already got your answer, Laurie. Please post a picture of your new addition soon. 🙂

  2. I believe when the heart speaks we must listen. I have never had a dog, but knowing the amount of love and joy my cats have brought me I feel that a home must be shared with an animal. As you said so well above, animals are the greatest teachers of love, forgiveness and grace.

  3. Ellen

    Beautifully put Laurie
    I think you can guess my response to the question of getting another dog or, putting it a different way, giving another dog a home and family of its own ❤️

    • Laurie Stone

      Ellen, I think of you every time I walk into an animal shelter. What wonderful work you’re doing. I’m not sure I have your courage to live with it everyday, but I figure the next best thing is giving some little dog a good home.

  4. I love my two little dogs and can’t imagine life without having a dog in the house even though it would be easier when we travel. Dogs are natural comedians, cuddlers and best friends. It always amazes me when certain people easily give them away when they get bored of them. You can never feel bad when you have a dog licking your face with pure unconditional love. They’re the best.

    • Laurie Stone

      I agree, Rebecca. Dogs are the best. I’d love a cuddly little one and that’s what I’m looking for. Its hard to go through the pounds but I’d rather have a rescue. There’s so much need.

  5. I’ve said that dogs are love covered in fur. So sorry you lost your Simon. Like you I “accidentally” go to the shelter. I have one dog but am threatening to get a few more. They do teach us grace!

    • Laurie Stone

      Rosemond, I love that! Dogs are loved covered in fur. It makes them even more cuddly. Thank you for reading.

  6. We have 3 cats and I beg my husband every day for a dog. I think something must’ve happened to him in childhood cause he’s so uneasy with them. I’m DYING to have a dog!!! Argh Anyway, great, wonderful post.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Cathy. Yes, sigh, some people aren’t dog people… and that’s okay. Of course, I find most of them have never lived with a dog. You never know. Maybe your husband will give it a try someday! Thanks for reading.

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