Blogathon 14 – 12:30

Guest Post from Laura of Sparkly to Single

Puppy Love

Animals have always played a major role in my life and I believe they are what caused me to develop such a strong sense of empathy. I have memories from my childhood of the black cats my parents had since before I was born, Hector and Basil. When I was a young teenager, we had two more cats named Freckles & Sparky, this time ginger females. At the age of 15, my family got our first dog, a golden retriever named Jasper. While I love all animals, the day we brought him home and Sparky hissed and swatted at him with her claws was the day I learned I am a dog person.

But a pet never really tugged at my heartstrings until the day I got a puppy of my very own; not my parents’ dog, but MINE. Having grown up with a golden retriever, I always thought I wanted a large breed dog. So when my fiance wanted a Shih Tzu, I didn’t think I could love it the way I loved Jasper. I thought when we arrived to pick out our puppy from the litter, that I would be the sensible one; the one who could ask about the puppy’s health and walk away if she wasn’t suitable for us. How wrong I was – the moment I laid eyes on Sierra, I fell in love with her instantly.

The bond that formed between Sierra and I goes beyond breed, beyond looks, beyond logic. It’s just pure, unconditional love. That was how I learned that I don’t need to seek out a particular breed in the future, I don’t need a puppy, I don’t need a “perfect” dog. A dog just needs love and a commitment to proper care for them, and they will devote themselves to you unconditionally. That relationship, in and of itself, is perfect.

Because of this realization, the next time I adopt a pet, it will be from the BC SPCA. Until then, I support them by being a responsible pet owner and by supporting them financially, which is why I’m donating to Jen for this Blogathon.


I’m blogging for 24 hours straight to support the BC SPCA

Pledge through the Blogathon Site
Directly through the SPCA Paws for a Cause donation portal.

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  1. Rob

    Great story about your pets and falling in love with Sierra. My wife runs a site about pet adoption with an emphasis on picking the right pet for you. We both feel strongly about supporting the SPCA and Humane Society and about responsible pet ownership.

    I wonder if you would like to have a picture of Sierra featured on her site? It would go perfectly on this page: Adopt a Pet You Will Love: The Shih Tzu. The site is still fairly new she’s looking for pictures for each page

    Please send an email to the email I provided on the form if you would be interested!

    I hope the blogathon goes great!
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..Jul 12, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog =-.

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