I get it. I had dogs growing up, too. My favorite was a miniature schnauzer who had some serious birth defects including a pericardial hernia and significant brain damage. She was a great dog and her "bubble" on her chest was always a great conversation piece.
So I also know how much work dogs are and, frankly, we just don't have time. We both work 50-60 hours a week, we manage a 40-acre hobby farm (without any chickens, but that's another story) and we have three children.
"We can get a dog when we can adequately care for our children," I always said, knowing we'd never be at that place.
Then, right around Christmas, Nature Boy got a SnapChat from Ty, who was working as a hunting guide in Wyoming. He got a puppy. From what we have been able to discern, he was working or visiting a farm and learned that this puppy and her mom were found in a barn. I'm still fuzzy on the details, but she was the only puppy of the litter to survive and breeding is questionable - Australian Shepherd and ... something. Maybe a border collie? Probably some kind of terrier.
So when he came home last month on a layover between Wyoming and Alaska - his next stop in his hunting/fishing guiding career - guess where the dog landed?
Meet Dixie Einstein. We took her in on a temporary basis and now... well, it's looking pretty permanent.
And for someone that said, "NEVER!" to getting a dog, I'm absolutely smitten. She follows me every where and has become my laundry, gardening and running companion. During the day she goes to work with Nature Boy and has become the official mascot of our archery shop, but as soon as I walk in the door, no one else exists.
Well, except Goober.
Maybe it's because we only have one kid at home and he's pretty self-sufficient. Maybe it's because our schedules have finally settled into a routine. Maybe it's because she is a herding dog and pretty easy to train.
Or maybe it's because I'm learning that never isn't a good place to be. I've said never a few times in my life: I was never having kids. I was never getting married again. I was never going to go hunting. I was never going to shoot a bow.
Yeah... Ask me how all of that worked.
So now I'm vowing never to say never about my life. It's probably about time.