My old dog is 15 1/2, almost blind and deaf and no longer wants to do the evening walks. For many years she went everywhere we went with the kids and without the kids, but now she just wants to sleep in her special place on the love seat and be fed chicken and rice twice a day.
Here I am one night, walking down the street minding my own business, when I come across a friend who is fostering a beautiful border collie puppy. (I bet you can see where this is going!!) She, "Lily", and I fall in love immediately and I know I need to have that little dog in my life. So...here we are four weeks later and Lily is a part of our family; every day she makes me laugh with her antics, she greets me in the morning and "talks" (I'm sure telling us how happy she is to have found us!), uses her long nose to roll her ball down the basement stairs, then runs down to get it and roll it down again. She has given me the incentive to get out for a walk every day and has become my faithful companion every second that I spend at home.
I had forgotten just how much joy these little creatures can bring into our life - I feel like a "proud mama" again!!