We will be celebrating our 35th anniversary in July but the pet angle was a great big “bone” of contention for the better part of those years.
To the non-pet people, they are messy, costly and really get in the way of vacationing .
To a pet person, they are comforting, fun, and who needs a vacation, when the pet has to be left behind?
It took many years (about 26) for my husband to finally “see the light”. I can thank Ollie, my Jack Russel, for this transformation. Getting Ed to accept a new puppy took cunning and some deceit (I came clean eventually.), as well as, a sister who was willing to be an accomplice. My need to have a puppy took top priority. My heart was saddened by my husband’s inability to recognize how desperate was my desire for a dog. I could not imagine why anyone, who loves me, would deny me something so critical to my happiness.
Well, there was a power issue. “Who’s the boss?” plagues many marriages. BUT, it was mostly due to the fact that he had never felt the bond of a dog. He couldn’t place any importance on an “imaginary” need.
Then came Ollie. The little guy and Ed became fast friends. Ollie would lean against Ed and beg to sit with him. I would refer to Ed as “Daddy” and pointed out how much Daddy was missed by Ollie.
All things considered it was a very successful effort. Yes, I’ve gotten my way but the best part is having given Ed the love of a dog.
Now I catch Ed talking to Ollie on a regular basis, “What do you think of THAT, dog?” is a heart-warming phrase repeated daily. Ed invites Ollie under the bedding at night too. “Come on dog, want your blanket?” (For you wise guys-NO, he’s not talking to me.)
Above, they are pictured in a familiar camp posture. A man, a beer and his dog…Happily ever after. 😉