This morning after Buzz left, the dogs and I did our morning routine...we piled into bed together and I had to fight for enough space to lay in my king size bed. As I often do, I wondered, what would happen right now if I didn't have a dog.
If I didn't have a dog:
I would get the whole bed to myself after Buzz leaves in the morning.
I would never clean poop off of paws.
I would not often step in dog poop.
I would not pooper-scoop my yard.
I would not talk about poop as much.
I would not know much about pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease or know words like lipase, Tylan, or Azathioprine.
I would not have to deal with the embarassment of jumping, humping, or worry about loud or SBD dog gas when there are guests in my home.
I would have a lot more money.
I could travel without worrying about things such as IBD flare-ups.
I would not have experienced the spraying by a skunk to my Sam-dog at 6 am on a cold RI morning...thus, I would not know about the process of "de-skunking."
I would have never paid nearly a thousand dollars to have a 99 cent ball removed from a canine stomach by a GI vet.
I would have never driven from NC to FL to have a tumor removed from a Boxer.
I would not still get teary thinking about my Angel-girl. (I miss her so much...still.)
I would know much less about myself.
I would have never met some great friends (of the human persuasion).
I would not truly have a concept of "man's (WOMAN'S) best friend."
I would not have a daughter who can handle herself as well around animals.
I would not have a man of the house in Buzz's absences.
I would not have best friends that move with me and see me through life's ups and downs.
I would not have such great fans.
I may not have survived pregnancy.
I may not have survived 2 deployments.
I would not have anyone THAT excited to see me.
I would not know what it means to kidney bean dance.
I could not get boxer hugs and kisses on command.
I would not have a shoulder to cry on any time I needed it.
I would not laugh as often.
I would not have 4-legged, furry, stinky cuddle partners in the mornings when Buzz leaves for work...and I would miss it.
Thank goodness for dogs!