Like so many young children, back when my daughter was 5 she wanted a puppy for Christmas. We had lost our beautiful shaded silver persian cat of 17 years two years prior, and we felt the time was right to welcome a new pet into our home. We found ‘Bubbles’ through a friend, and when my husband went to pick her up on Christmas Eve day, he was smitten and knew she was ‘the one’ when she ran over to him and started playing with his shoe laces and hopping all over his feet.
The challenge was how to get her into the house without our daughter knowing, and more importantly, how to keep her from finding out her new puppy was hiding in our house until the following Christmas morning. Luckily, we were out of the house most of the evening on Christmas Eve, but it was VERY close!
We enjoyed our time with Bubbles immensely, but she left us too soon at the age of 13 in 2005, the day after Christmas. Here is a letter I wrote to her a few days before she died. (If you click on the picture, it will be a lot easier to read.)
Now for some lighthearted cuteness…
After my daughter graduated from college in 2008, she moved into an apartment and her boyfriend got her a puppy. That’s him in the next picture, and as you can see, he was waaaaay too cute for words. A year later she came back home to live with ‘Charlie’ in tow, and a year after that she moved to Singapore and we had Charlie for another 6 months while she got settled. I brought him to Singapore to live with her in August, 2011.
Charlie was my best friend. I miss kissing his little snout. I miss our nightly ‘Cheerio’ time. I miss having him with me when I go kayaking or for a walk. I miss playing hide and seek with him. But he’s where he belongs, with his mommy who also loves him more than you can imagine. Charlie has that effect on people.
Here is a picture of him as a puppy…
I think it’s safe to say the answer to his question is YES!
And here he is all grown up and looking very debonair, don’t you think?
Gosh, I. Love. You.
All images (except Charlie, Bubbles and my letter) sourced at imgfave