Love at first sight

He chooses me.

“Whoever loves, loves at first sight.” William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

While Blu chews on a pinecone, Simon explains how Blu, wiggled and wagged his way into his heart. “My friends dog is always having puppies. Every time I go to my friend’s house, there seems to be more puppies. He tells me to take one. I always tell him, no. I already have a dog at home. My Chihuahua, doesn’t want another dog.” One day cupid is hovering over Simon’s head while he visits his always has puppies friend. In the puppy enclosure, a handsome, bulldozer shaped American Stanford Terrier puppy is a wiggling and a wagging like there are hot coals on the floor. When he walks past the fenced in area, the puppy starts doing his full-on shaky dance movement involving every muscle and body part he is able to engage. That tail is swinging like a hay swather, knocking flies into left field. A little whining, a little “woof” to add some sound in case Simon doesn’t notice all that movement. The Blu bulldozer knows when he can attract that look over, cupid is waiting to shoot that arrow. Simon looks, “bullseye,” cupid’s arrow zings itself, straight into Simon’s heart. Bolts of lightning, birds flying and stars float to the sky when he looks into the puppy’s eyes. He tells his puppy owner friend, “that is my dog.”
Love at first sight. A frequently heard story heard about dogs and sometimes cats heard at adoption events. “He looked at me and I knew he was the one.” “I was holding his brother but his sister kept crawling in my lap. When I picked her up, I knew it was her I needed to adopt.” “He was sleeping on the mat. He opened his eyes and looked at me. His tall started waging when he saw me. That’s how I knew.”
Searching for a dog or puppy to add to the family is a serious event. Assuming the responsibility for another mammal that shares many of the same requirements of care as small child, should be given great consideration. Cupid has not ever been on my shoulder, but cupid does arrive. First the devil sits next to my ear, rubbing his hands together asking, “are you ready for this?” “Do you have the time and energy required to provide for a creature that is counting on you to provide time, attention, and love?” When I can answer “yes” to all the above, I’m committed. Exit devil, enter cupid. For some, it starts with the overwhelming feeling of love when their eyes meet. For others, it is look and then the love leap. Once that relationship starts, share with this fellow creature, the best possible life experiences your love-struck heart can provide. Be fully in the relationship to the end. Give the dog a chance to capture your heart.

Understanding what needs to be done with a new dog is important regardless if it is love at first sight or the love that grows. Be willing to:
● Spend time with the new addition, to acclimate it to the new surroundings. Don’t assume the dog is preprogrammed to know how to live in your casa.
● Teach it what is expected in the new surroundings. What can be chewed and what can’t be chewed. Where the bathroom is, where to sleep, where to eat.
● Attend a basic training class. It will provide some bonding. All new additions need bonding.
There is no perfect way to find the new canine friend. Maybe it is love at first sight, maybe not. What I do know is that to have a friend, you must be a friend.

Exit devil, enter cupid. For some, it starts with the overwhelming feeling of love when their eyes meet. For others, it is look and then the love leap. Once that relationship starts, share with this fellow creature, the best possible life experiences your love-struck heart can provide. Be fully in the relationship to the end. Give the dog a chance to capture your heart.
• Understanding what needs to be done with a new dog is important regardless if it is love at first sight or the love that grows. Be willing to:
• Spend time with the new addition, to acclimate it to the new surroundings. Don’t assume the dog is preprogrammed to know how to live in your casa.
• Teach it what is expected in the new surroundings. What can be chewed and what can’t be chewed. Where the bathroom is, where to sleep, where to eat.
• Attend a basic training class. It will provide some bonding. All new additions need bonding.

There is no perfect way to find the new canine friend. Maybe it is love at first sight, maybe not. What I do know is that to have a friend, you must be a friend.

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Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson created Why We Wag in 2012 as her result of her lifelong love of dogs. After 22 years in the Educational sector, Cheryl utilizes her expertise as an award winning educator, to educate dog lovers, along with offering supplies that support a healthy, meaningful relationship with canines. Residing in Utah, Cheryl is celebrating her 5th generation with dogs and now her first generation of grand-dogs.