Monthly Archives: March 2012

A New Henkle

True story – the very same week our daughter Raya finally starts sleeping through the night, we decide to get a puppy. Six months of tending to a crying dependent in the wee hours was not nearly long enough. We thought we would miss out on all that time for pondering and reflecting on life that only comes in the middle of the night, so we traded nighttime feedings for nighttime potty training…

Jesse has been scouring Craigslist and the classified section of the newspaper for months, and after church last Sunday, there it was – an ad for German shepherd pups for sale. We made a phone call and arranged to go see them that same day. It seemed like such an impulse buy, but we have really been talking about getting a dog since we got married 5 1/2 years ago. Well, actually, Jesse has talked about it, and I usually just nod and say we’ll get one. When we’re ready. I’ve always been open to the idea of having a pet, but have never actually experienced it first hand. But I knew when Jesse told me that his dog Haylee was literally his best friend growing up that we would get one someday, and that day has arrived.

We named our pup Solomon. The vet asked if we were going to neuter him, and I had to laugh at the thought of him following in the footsteps of his Biblical namesake with 1,000 wives all over Grundy County. That wouldn’t earn any points with the neighbors so we’ll probably go ahead and have him fixed – or at least fix the holes in the fence in our back yard. I do hope he is wise like King Solomon – or at least smart enough to learn how to pee outside and sit and stay and the other basic things a dog should do. And speaking of peeing outside, I better go let the little guy out before I have to clean up another puddle on the kitchen floor…

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