I never owned a dog, but I know many who have/do. Often times these animals are so much more than a pet; they really are (regarded as) part of the family. It’s deeply emotional for sure.
Now I understand.
I had the opportunity to witness unfiltered joy last night when my daughter brought home her puppy, Rusty. He’s an Mini American Shepherd https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/miniature-american-shepherd/.
About the Miniature American Shepherd
The Miniature American Shepherd shares many physical traits with its forebear the Australian Shepherd—only on a smaller scale. Females stand between 13 and 17 inches at the shoulder; males range from 14 to 18 inches. Despite their size, Minis are every inch a true herding dog: energetic, versatile, rugged, and extremely bright. The eye-catching coat comes in black, blue merle, red, and red merle. (The merle will exhibit in any amount marbling, flecks, or blotches.) Minis move with the smooth and agile step of a dog built for hard work on punishing terrain.
Really cute of course, but I was more taken by the immediate emotional bond between that little fur ball and this young woman. Yes, once in a while, money can buy happiness.
The bigger picture in my mind is… in a world constantly “dirtied” by greed, violence, tragedy, possessions, deceit, etc, it’s wonderful to witness something happy and near perfect. Oh, I’m sure they’ll be the usual training, curiosity and mischief than many puppies exhibit but I honestly believe no one will mind. And the bond between dog and owner will flourish.
Yes, this Christmas will indeed be extra-special. And the mobile phones that I often rant about will be put to very good use. Here comes the avalanche of pictures, videos and posts as Rusty settles in to his new home. Family paparazzi will be in full force no doubt.
On the runway, center-stage… eight pounds of innocent energy and a whole lotta love.