My Sweet Baby Girl (GoldenDoodle)–Addi

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So if you didn’t already guess by my blog title,  the Writer Wednesdays image sums up today’s common theme amongst all the Writer Wednesdays blogs– our pets.

 

I have to start by saying I didn’t grow up with animals. As a military family we moved around quite a bit so we never had pets.

 

Flash forward to married life with children. We had two dogs at different times. One was a stray golden retriever, quite old yet loyal, but she died about two years after we found her. Another was a black lab whose owner had started traveling with a new job so we adopted her into our house. Unfortunately five years later she developed liver cancer that was too aggressive and she passed, too.

 

Both of those dogs came to our family already grown. And to be honest, while they were both great dogs and I loved them, as a non-pet owner for most of my life I was sometimes intimidated by their size.

 

Enter my youngest baby girl– the goldendoodle my daughters and I picked out from a litter seven years ago this past summer.

 

You see, Addison—Addi for short—came to me as a baby.

 

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That first night when she was whimpering in her kennel, I’m the one who came downstairs, opened the kennel door, laid her pillow in the opening and slept on the carpeted floor with her to keep her company. I did that for several nights. Then closed the door and slept on the floor close by a couple more nights. Then I moved to the couch, little by little moving farther away until she was used to sleeping alone.

 

I got that idea from a parenting book about solving your child’s sleep issues. The technique had worked for my oldest daughter, why not for my baby girl puppy?

 

Like all kids do, my little puppy grew up fast. Quadrupling or quintupling, heck probably sextupling her size. Her puppy size is about the size of her head now that she’s all grown.

 

And while my girls have all gone off to college and now adult life, Addi’s still at home with me.

Still ready to greet me with excitement and love after a long work day.

 

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Ready to hit the beach with me for a little creative and emotional well refilling.

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Ready to go out for a run as we try to stay in shape.

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Ready for a ride in the car—she thinks she can drive,

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but it’s really seldom that I even let her ride shotgun…

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And of course, she’s always ready to take a nap like the champion nappers we are.

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Overall, this non-pet person has become a pet-lover. I can’t imagine my life without Addi.

 

She’s the last of my little girls. The one who never talks back to me. The one who listens to me most of the time.

 

And when the opportunity to have all my girls together presents itself, like this pic we took last Christmas morning, I count my blessings.

 

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Do you have a pet in your house? The Writer Wednesday authors and I would love to hear about it.

 

And please don’t forget to stop by the other Writer Wednesday author sites to hear what they’re sharing.

Tamra BaumannSharon Wray / Carol J Post

Hope to hear from you!! And we’ll see you back here next month!!

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    Sharon Wray

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    I love the photos of Addie, especially the one of Addie with you and your girls. And I’m glad I’m not the only one with a champion napping pet (or kids)! It’s so wonderful to write with a dog at your feet, and I would love to take my dog Donut to the beach. I know he’d love it!

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      Pris Oliveras

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      Sharon, when I’m using my standing desk, Addi loves to hang out around my feet. Saves me from using socks because she keeps my feet warm. :-)

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    Kay Hudson

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    What a cutie, Pris. I miss having a dog, but right now my cat and I are enjoying having the house to ourselves (except for all those plumbers, but that will pass–I hope!).

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      Pris Oliveras

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      Good luck with the plumbers. Hopefully you and your kitty will have the house to yourselves soon!

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    Carol Post

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    Great post, Pris! That’s so sweet how you slept on the floor to get Addi over her loneliness. And I love that pic with Addi and the girls.

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      Pris Oliveras

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      The things we do for our loved ones, right Carol? 😀

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    Tammy Baumann

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    Addi is adorable! My hubs and I are looking at a getting a goldendoodle too. They are the best. Great post!

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    Pris Oliveras

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    Addi has truly been a great dog. She listens well, loves people and has a ton of energy. Let me know if you get a golden doodle. I’d love to see a pic!

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    Tracy Brody

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    She’s a beauty – like her mamma and sisters.
    I grew up with cats. A rather mean Siamese who was not a lap cat and did not like being awakened in the middle of the night if she slept with my sister or I. I’m a little intimidated by big dogs, yet prefer them over little yappy ones. 😉 If if weren’t for my hubby’s allergies, we’d have a pet, but I’m keeping him breathing instead. Otherwise, I’d love to train therapy/companion dogs for wounded warriors. Might be a future book story there. 😀

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      Pris Oliveras

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      Tracy, great choice between keeping hubby breathing vs. having a pet! :-) I’ve often said that I honestly think Addi would have been a great therapy dog had I started training her early. All she wants to do is lay around all day and have people pet her– seriously. And she loves people.

      But she gets so excited when people first arrive, I’d have to really work at training her to stay calm in every situation. At the age of seven, I’m thinking it’s too late to start.

      Thanks for stopping by today!

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