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Wistful dreams of one day owning a dog — FranklyStein

LucyI’ve had a dog for all of about six months in my life.

We got a miniature dachshund for Christmas when I was 6 years old. His name was Rudolph and he wasn’t a very good dog. He barked too much, was never house trained and bit my sister and I. We were competition for my mom’s attention. But he could play a mean game of ball.

After a few months, Mom got tired of cleaning up after Rudy and gave him away. And that was the end of our family’s dog history.

When I was in middle school, I started craving a dog. I wanted a dog more than anything, but Mom and Dad were focused on the future — when my sister and I would be gone. They had plans that apparently did not include man’s best friend.FebCover

Flash forward a few years. My sister was married and had a dog. They were going away for the weekend and asked me to dog sit. I happily obliged. But it was February and it was cold and the dog needed to go out before bed and it was raining. It cured my wish to have a dog for many years.

Lately, however, I’ve been having dog thoughts again. Cute dogs seem to be all around me. Coworkers keep bringing them to work. Friends are fostering dogs and posting adorable pictures on Facebook. I even read a column in a magazine about how loveable pit bulls can be and found myself wanting a pit bull.

And then, of course, there was Cheasapeake Family’s Pet Cover Contest with photos of dozens of adorable dogs and their heart-warming stories coming in daily. I wanted every single one of them — especially Jewel, the chocolate lab who ended up on the cover.

Meanwhile, it’s not likely I’ll get a dog anytime soon. My husband absolutely refuses to consider the idea, and it’s probably for the best. We have no time for a dog in our crazy, busy life with four kids. I keep trying to remind myself of this. For now, our cat will have to do. Luckily, she kind of thinks she’s a dog.

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2013 EasterWFranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.


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