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    • Laurie Stone

      Nasreen, Cats are so much easier. We’ve always had one. But dogs add a level of craziness that can be fun. I agree, however, they’re acquired tastes.

  1. Yes, you need her. And there’s something about pets when the empty nest looms.

    Gus, came to us as a kitten in our first empty nest year. We are ridiculous with him. He sits on a stool next to us when we eat, he takes his naps where he can see both of us. We talk to him. He follows us like a dog. We ask him if he’d like a fire, how his day’s been, and if he feels okay when he leaves more food in his bowl than usual.

    We say we’re giving him the attention he needs, but we know better.

    • Laurie Stone

      So funny! I love how Gus sits on the stool next to you. Sounds like you two dote on Gus as much as we dote on Libby. They really do make a difference later in life. Thanks so much for reading.

  2. I’ve never had a dog, but my sister recently got one. She is in love with it! She says that now there is always someone to welcome her home with joy rather than a “What’s for dinner?”

    • Laurie Stone

      Shari, That’s what is so wonderful about dogs. They’re always in a good mood. They’re always so giving. Despite the occasional, ahem, lapses, Libby’s great.

  3. This sounds stupid, but this made me cry (in a good way). My old lady is 15 and last month she was ill while I was at work. She made her way through the whole house, room by room, no doubt looking desperately for someone to let her outside.

    So – funny in that way that these things are funny with people. Puppies and children, our old dogs and our elders. Thank you for this.

    • Laurie Stone

      Carol, We’ve fished plastic bottle caps out of Libby’s mouth. I shudder to think what would happen if she ate it, and then had to “get rid of it.” Shiver.

  4. We raised Old English Sheepdogs for over thirty years. The stories I could tell . . .
    We are down to one now. Aldo. He’s fourteen, which is ancient for an OES, but still bounces like a puppy when he goes outdoors. He spends 23 hours a day sleeping. And the other hour, if we’re not vigilant, in the garbage. Yes. His puppy days have returned. Seriously, I thought he’d gotten this out of his system 12 years ago!

    • Laurie Stone

      Diane, I love Old English Sheepdogs! Aldo sounds like a sweetie and even these old dogs get their puppy moments back. Thanks for reading!

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I love this post! We have two dogs and I totally empathize about the joys and sorrows. Like you, I think the pleasure way outweighs the pain.

  6. We had dogs as pets growing up, so I like dogs. I learned later in life that dogs are excellent for stress too, no matter how bad your day was, you get to come home to your four-legged FAN who loves you no matter what. AND…dogs are loyal exercise buddies too, but at my age ( almost 50), I’ve traded in dogs for birds and fish. 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Its funny, Darlene. I just turned 60 and sometimes Libby can require more agility than I have. She’s still a wonderful asset to our lives. And I love birds and fish, so you made a good deal!

  7. We had to put our 18 year old Corgi to sleep a week ago and this is the first thing that’s made me think about him and laugh instead of cry. Duke to do many of the same things. He’d get into Halloween candy if it was left anywhere within his reach. He’d slip out between our feet and we’d be lagging way behind trying to catch him. The list goes on and on. Thanks for reminding me there are good memories of our pet instead of just this hole in our hearts we’re feeling right now.

    • Laurie Stone

      Shelley, They bring so much to the table, both laughter and tears. I’m sorry for your loss. Duke sounds a lot like Libby… tons of personality!

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