Sunday, July 21, 2013

1, 2, 3?

I hmm and haw about 2 dogs versus 3. I am 100% a two dog person rather than a one dog person. I much prefer to have dogs, plural. I spaced the ages of Fletcher and Tiki-Granger intentionally, so that their needs (exercise, medical care, etc) would be different enough. I intended to get a puppy when I finished vet school, and was on my way to doing so when my personal life kinda fell apart, and I unintentionally fell for a fellow dog lover (something I swore I'd never do). I don't know if I would have fallen so hard, had I not first fallen for his dog. Jake was absolutely a perfect match for me (see Falling for Jake Milner) and he fit into my canine crew better than I could have hoped for. We make a lovely little family of five now.

When one of my dogs passes, I am not sure if I would go back to three dogs. I don't know that I would ever get such a great 3 dog mix again. Though, if one of the dogs isn't with us, their presence is missed greatly. Yesterday we were going to be out all day, in and out of a hot car, so Fletcher went to stay overnight with my brother. The first thing I do in the morning is reach for Fletcher, who sleeps on the floor beside my side of the bed. This morning I thought "Merle must have slept on the couch", before I remembered he wasn't there. I haven't gone to pick him up yet, and something about 2 dogs doesn't feel like "enough".