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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Canine Life Changers-Both Their Life And Ours'

In the case of a rescued dog, adoption by a loving family often is their life saver, but with humans, it sometimes means something more along the lines of changes in lifestyle. Take the upending (in a good way) of one couple's life after adopting their dream dog, a six year old cocker spaniel awaiting a new home after his rescue from a kill shelter. We thought this humorous essay about life with a new, middle-aged rescue dog in today's New York Timesby Robert Lipsyte, a former NY Times columnist and reporter, was so charming, funny and honest that we knew you'd enjoy it too. 

Meet Milo (formerly known as Snoopy), the lifestyle altering rescue.

Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

As the author says about Milo, "He was needy, messy, he had to be walked, and he got between us. He was perfect."  But we know that bringing a new pet into your household often involves more than humorous, albeit large, lifestyle changes - adding a living creature to your home, rescued or not, is sometimes a major life changer. So we'd love to know: how has a new pet changed you and your life?
We'll look forward to hearing all about your good times and travails.

P.S. Tune in tomorrow for a very generous pet toy giveaway from Martha Stewart's new pet product line-now sold exclusively at Petsmart. We sure had fun trying them out, as the many photos will prove!


Unknown said...

after resuing Fred this is what I tell people:
Fred has taken more work than any dog I know or have ever had. He came with major behavior issues and I still work on managing them today – he is my part time job. Fred tests my patience daily but he gives me back more than I could ask for. He is a dog stuck in a toddler’s body.

Kolchak Puggle said...

How true! Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the Mama was all hip and cool. She went to parties, she stayed out all night, she thought nothing of just hopping on a Poland and heading to Vegas for the weekend. Oh how the times change! Luckily, they are good changes!

Two French Bulldogs said...

yes we enjoyed the essay...good one
Benny & Lily

Pup Fan said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm going to go check it out. :)

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