Sunday, August 22, 2010
Our Childhood Dog
The other day my sister Jen did a wonderful post on her daughter's childhood dog Sherman. It got me thinking about our childhood dog. Now our dog did not come easy. My Dad was not a big fan at that time of having a dog. We tried a cat, but that cat was not really nice. I remember sitting around the dinner table one evening and Jen and I were really, really working the dog thing. There are 7 years between her and I and we often did not agree with each other but we both agreed we really wanted a dog. I think Jen was around second grade at the time. Of course we promised to take care of the puppy and do everything......everything we said!!! So finally Dad agreed BUT he was going to pick the kind of puppy we were going to get and his choice was a collie, a Lassie dog. I can't remember how much the puppy cost, maybe 50 or 75 dollars. But the collie puppy we picked was the one with yellow paint on him and the one my sister dropped on his head while she was holding him......yes you did Jen!!!
The name we all agreed on was "Titan" and Titan soon became a very close part of the family. He was truly the best family dog. He was not really fond of car rides or the constant brushing a collie needs or trimming the mats from behind his ears but he sure could keep a secret! And Titan knew lots of secrets about Jen and I esp. Jen who use to sneak out of the house at night ( I was the good daughter;) But he never told on us as long as we gave him extra treats. Jen and I laugh today about how he grew up on Kibbles-n-Bits.
Titan became a mentor for my first dog, a black Newfoundland name Brutus. For awhile, Titan and Brutus lived together at Mom and Dad's and they become good friends. When I got married and moved to my new house it was very hard not to have Titan with me even though I had my own dog. When you grow up with a dog you don't think of how they weave their way into your heart. Its not until years later, when they have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and your life has moved on, that you realize how your relationship with your dog, actually had an impact on who you are today.
Titan lived to be more than 16 years old. He was every bit and more part of Jen's and my childhood.
How blessed we were to have a childhood dog to love and be loved by.