With apologies to the Westminster Kennel Club, our very own version of the best in show.
The pastor had been given a mixed breed female, who was “with pup” at the time, much to his surprise.
For my kids, it was love at first sight.
They were drawn to a furry little bear of mixed colors…white, tan, brown, and caramel.
They called him Snickers and lobbied to bring him home.
It was not the best time to take on a new life form of any sort. We were about to be transferred to parts unknown. Jim was scheduled to move ahead of us, leaving the puppy training to myself and the kids, just as the house was to go on the market.
After a very logical argument that lasted a few hours, we were broken down. We called the Church to see if the pup was still available. He was one of 2 left.
My kids were elated. He was meant for us.
He gave us 14 years of unconditional love and protection.
He was my walking buddy, until he became too ill to make it past the end of the driveway.
I miss him all the time.
Note: The actual Westminster Best in Show was awarded last night to a beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer named C.J.