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The first time I saw her face

Do you remember that moment? The first time you saw your dog. Do you remember what it was that made you think, “That’s the one”?

I wish I could tell you what it was exactly that attracted me to Lilly. I look and look and look at this photo the humane society posted online. And, I try to remember that moment, but I can’t.

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It’s not even a good photo, being blurry and all. But there it is. The rest is history.

Our trainer says that we get the dogs we get for a reason. The obvious answer is that I’ve learned a ton about dog training thanks to Lilly. But, I wonder what else there is.

Love them, if you’ve got them. Happy Valentines Day!

From your gal pals at Champion of My Heart

 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Claire - February 19, 2008

I remember the instant that I met my dog, Kyna, because she ran away from me and desperately tried to hide behind a washing machine. I’d flown a long way to get her so I refused to be deterred by this obvious warning sign. Later that night, I promised her (out loud) that, no matter what, I would take care of her for her entire life.

Back at home, I undertook a turbo-charged socialization program. She must have met a couple of hundred people, many of whom gave her treats and petted her, in her first 2 months with me. It worked so well that one of her biggest behavior issues now is that she gets incredibly excited whenever a stranger seems even vaguely interested in her. She’s convinced that every last person was placed on this earth to pet and love her.

Not all of her fears are gone but learning to love people was a huge step toward a happy life.

Now, almost 4 yrs later, when she gazes in my eyes, I feel incredibly lucky that we share such trust and love.

Rox - February 15, 2008

I cannot imagine what a 2-week-old Dane looks like. A friend is a fan of Irish Wolf Hounds, and I’ve begged her to let me go with her to look at pups when the time comes. I think it’d be funny to see them when they are tiny.

Kisses to Murray. I hope you found just the right trick for his next class.

Sharon Liveten - February 14, 2008

I remember exactly with the two current ones. Poppy was a ‘petfinders’ dog, and I was so excited to find a young female that I didn’t look really at the photo. It wasn’t until I actually flew to meet her that I noticed her tail–very unusual in a Brittany. And then I saw how small she was. And an hour later she was snuggled in my lap on the way to the airport and pretty much has never left since. My Valentine is Murray. I met him when he was 2 weeks old. I had never even considered a Great Dane. I had three other dogs. But once I saw him at my friend’s house that was it. Love. My soul mate dog.

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