My neighbors just brought home the cutest puppy! She is a Bernese mix; roly-poly, soft, fluffy, and oh so playful. Watching her romp around with Jellybean and her best bud Josie has me reminiscing Jellybean’s puppyhood. Can it really be five years since I brought Jellybean to her fur-ever home? Oh my, what a rambunctious little puppy she was, rightfully earning the moniker “The Wild Child.” This was bestowed upon her by our neighbor a few doors away. He would watch us “walk” by his house; Jellybean pulling on the leash, chewing on the leash, spinning in circles trying to catch her fluffy tail, stopping to nap in the middle of the road, standing on her hind legs while pawing at the air with her front legs in pursuit of a squirrel or rabbit, pouncing on a pinecone as it rolled down the street, wildly jumping up without abandon on anyone who dared to stop and pet her, and just being a goofball in general. Jellybean is still quite playful and quite a character, but has definitely lost the wild abandon she had as a young puppy.
Getting back to watching her romp and play with her new little friend Candy, I can’t help but think I have done her an injustice by making her an only pup. Although I must say she is one happy, spoiled little pup, whose mama dotes on her and ensures she has all the necessities in life, and then some. I am in awe of people who have more than one dog. How do they do it? The expenses are doubled, tripled, quadrupled for things such as pet insurance, vet visits, annual medications, apparel, toys, food, treats, etc. Maybe when my picture books about Jellybean become Caldecott and Mom’s Choice Award winners, and they are flying off the shelves and Amazon can barely keep up with the print orders, I will be able to afford two or three little sisters for Jellybean. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she? For now though, I will continue to be the best two-legged mama I can for my four-legged little girl. I will continue to shower her with love and all the toys, treats, latest doggy apparel, and whatever else her little doggy heart desires.
Beverly Stiffler Smith