Canine Design

The last few days haven’t been terribly active, aside from a birthday dinner at Benihana last night. But there’s been something on my mind for a little while. I have a friend who has a Shih Tzu dog down here, and he’s fun to hang around with. It reminds me of when I had a dog. I know that I can’t have a big dog like a Newfoundland down here in Texas; not only do I live in an apartment that would be too small for a dog like that, but all that fur would make a dog like that terribly uncomfortable in the heat. But I really miss having a dog around; that constant companionship and affection is something that I always found really comforting.

So I’ve been thinking about getting a dog down here. I know it would have to be something relatively small, and probably pretty short-haired; one of the breeds that has come up most often has been a pug, because they’re relatively sedate, friendly, and just fun to be around. The thing that seems really big, though, is whether to try to get a dog from a breeder or getting a rescue dog. A rescue dog is appealing to me because I know there are so many dogs that need homes, but at the same time I don’t know what kind of dog I’d be getting; I want to get a dog I can train and that won’t have any crazed responses to random events. So a new puppy would be the best for those things. At the same time, a new puppy is also going to take a lot more time initially, to potty train and keep from barking at everything and just generally get used to living here – as well as being far more expensive.

But having a dog around is something I really miss; my last Newfoundland, Merlin, was my closest friend for a number of years, and even though I was almost inconsolable when he died, I think I’ve gotten over his loss, and I’d like to feel that kind of companionship again. While I don’t mind cats, they’ve just never struck me as the kind of affectionate and loyal companions as dogs. Having a dog to scratch, and sit beside me, has always been a comforting presence. And I know that dogs are one of the animals that have become useful for mental health therapy, like the dogs from Heeling Allies. I don’t know that I really need a dog for therapeutic purposes, but a dog like that would certainly be helpful, especially since I have friends who have issues and such a dog might also be helpful for them.

Sadly, though, I work at a minimum-wage job, and right now don’t have much in the way of funding for something like a dog, so I don’t know if the dog idea is something that will be happening anytime soon. But it is something that has been on my mind recently, and having a dog has been important to me in the past. So, that’s what’s going on in my head right now.

Final Gratitude IX

Today was a relatively slow day, but I will try to give out the full rundown here. My previous entry still has some questions I’d like answered, but I’ll have to hope someone will help out.

I am grateful for dogs; one of my friends has a pretty cool Shih Tzu, and I am considering getting a dog once I find a job for myself and I can support both myself and a dog. I just remember how much I liked having a dog, even though it could be a lot of work, and I liked having that companionship. I am also grateful for candy, because sometimes I just like that sugar rush. Not too often, but it really hits the spot sometimes. Finally, I am grateful for freshly done laundry. I really love the feel of clothes right out of the dryer.

Earlier today, I got to go out for coffee with a good friend of mine and the aforementioned Shih Tzu. He’s kind of a rascal, always trying to climb into her lap while she’s driving, but he’s fun to have around; he’s always doing something amusing. He got a venti ice water while we sat and drank our coffee drinks, and we talked about a lot of things in our lives, sitting outside in the sun and just kind of relaxing. ┬áJust having the dog there was kind of soothing, and it was good to talk so openly about what was going on in our lives.

For exercise, today I did a little of the Convict Conditioning workout, but mostly my exercise came in the form of cleaning my entire apartment. It doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but looks can be deceiving; by the time I was done, I felt like i needed to take a whole ‘nother shower. Meditation came pretty easily, but I did it later today than I normally do, trying to keep relaxed.

I got the chance to tell a friend in person how grateful I was for their presence in my life earlier, and it was a little awkward, but still went pretty well, I thought.

And that’s it for another episode of gratitude. Tune in tomorrow for yet another exciting show!