Sunday, May 8, 2011

Before I Was a Dog Mom

Before I was a Dog Mom,
I made and ate hot meals unmolested.
I had unstained, unfurred clothes.
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
even if the doorbell rang.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got to bed
or if I could get into my bed.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I cleaned my house every day.
I never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies
Or invited the neighbor's dog over to play.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I didn't worry if my plants, cleanser, plastic bags,
toilet paper, soap or deodorant were poisonous or dangerous.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never been peed on
Pooped on
Drooled on
Chewed on
Or pinched by puppy teeth.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had complete control of
My thoughts,.
My body and mind.
I slept all night without sharing the covers
or pillow.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop a hurt.
I never knew something so furry and four-legged
could affect my heart so deeply.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never held a sleeping puppy just because I
couldn't put it down.
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was well.
I didn't know how warm it feels inside to feed a
hungry puppy.
I didn't know that something so small could make me
feel so important.
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being
A Dog Mom.
Author Unknown

Klaire, Koal and I in my humble abode in Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 30, 2009. Klaire Jan. 15, 2001 - April 28, 2010. Photo credit to Tom Conlon.

Me, Karma, Koal and Scott's dog Abby, 2011.

The Golden Girls -- Ginger and Snooky in Malibu, Thanksgiving 1999. Snooky lived to be 15 years 8 months. Went to doggy heaven March 7, 2001.

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