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Fur-Babies (14): Accepting Challenges by JD_Renaissance
No one is ever really prepared to have kids, whether they are human or canine. Things might seem okay at the time a decision is made to expand one’s family. But then, stuff happens. Life happens. That was the way of things with my fur-babies. Around the time we decided to get JuJu, we had saved a good deal of money, my husband was walking into a new and great paying job, and I was walking out of a blah job to start writing full time. It seemed a good decision. And in a way it was. Were we really ready? We thought so. But when it came down to it, we weren’t. JuJu is our first pet as a couple. We didn’t expect the life changes that came with getting her. Well, we expected some, but not all. I didn't expect to not be able to write during her first few weeks with us. I didn’t expect training her to be so difficult. Doxies are smart. Too smart. And they’re stubborn. Which makes training interesting to say the least. And they’re tenacious, which means if they want something, they will do what it takes to get it. But, as with all things, we eventually adjusted to her and to life with her and she adjusted to us. Then we got Boston. When wanted to get a companion for JuJu we didn’t bargain for new and unexpected challenges. We thought, since we had overcome the challenges presented by JuJu, Boston would be a breeze. Ha, yeah no. Boston is loveable, kind, and always happy. But she is also a little slow. Smart yes. But slow to pick up on things we want her to do. Yet, she’s quick to pick up on things she wants to do and quick to find ways to do them. She is a challenge to say the least. Thinking of her, and of our battles to train her, I look back on the many conversations had before getting Boston and JuJu. I realize now that in all honesty there is no way one can anticipate everything. And, I guess what I’ve learned is the best way to be prepared is to know that there is no such thing as being prepared. All one can do is expect anything and be ready with both a firm hand and a loving heart.
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