It’s all about the dog in the house

I should probably be shredding as I go through all this gosh-darned financial stuff. But oh no … I can’t do that because I might wake Lucy.

You see, Lucy my little Chihuahua, is sleeping … taking a cat nap, so to speak. And heaven forbid, I might just wake her. My life revolves around her, the love of my life.

Like when I need to go out to my car in the carport. Instead of taking the direct route (out my front door and down the sidewalk to the left to the carport), I go out my front door and down the sidewalk to the right, then go out toward the street to reach a neighbor’s sidewalk and then back to the carport off in the distance. I’m essentially doing a U-turn. But it’s only adding 50 or 60 feet. And Lucy won’t be able to look longingly out the window at me.

Those of you who do not have dogs are probably shaking your heads at this and thinking, “No way.”

Those of you who do have dogs are probably saying, “Tell me about it!”

You see, when you take on that special little doggie, he or she eventually takes on the status of being most important in your life. I had a husband once who said, “You love the dog more than you love me.” And I said, “And your point is?”

However, I had a dreadful fall once. And — did Lucy help?  No. She was useless. She didn’t even run to the neighbors to get help.  “Hurry hurry, Timmy fell down the well.” Oh no. And therein lies the difference between Lucy and Lassie.

Anyhoo, Lucy is a little Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix who weighs about 10 pounds. What a cutie — I really lucked out adopting her. So later, when I was asking Lucy why she didn’t go get help … she muttered something to the effect that she couldn’t reach the door knob and she doesn’t have opposable thumbs either. What a whiner.

But I still love her — and how!  A new resident Lou said it best when he was telling me about his cat, Oreo. Pets really become a part of our family and are so very ultra-important in our lives. And as Lou said, it was something a non-pet owner would never understand.

Non-pet owners sometimes say, “Oh the vet bills are so expensive.” “Oh they require so much time. “ “They pretty much run your life.”

Yup … and I’m just fine with that.

Diane Duray is a Laguna Woods Village resident. Contact her at dduray47@gmail.com.

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