Seeing this picture made me smile and say; “This is so me! I have a mandatory exercise schedule which starts at 4 A.M. before I prep my daughter for school and at 6:30 A.M. just before I prep myself for work. All thanks to our hyperactive Terrier and Labrador mix dog, Chad.
Chad has been with us since 2014. We got him when he was just three months old. I fondly remember him wearing a knitted shirt and a diaper. He was so cute and cuddly.
At first, I didn’t want to get a dog because I knew the responsibilities that come with having a pet. It was like having another baby. I wasn’t sure at the time if we could take good care of him. Despite this, I fell in love with him the minute I came home and saw him.
Three years hence; we share a special bond. I always look forward to coming home and him greeting me. My beau told me that Chad would always wait and look at the door minutes before I arrive. I think he can smell me a mile away.
Chad has become my therapy dog. At times when I come home from work tired and stressed, he would simply wag his tail, jump on me, and howl as if to say; “Welcome Home Mommy! I missed you!” I take one look at those adorable brown eyes and all my worries melt away.
Chad has and will always have a special place in my heart. He is the combination of all my beloved dogs–Jules (the adventurous one), Comet (the rambunctious one), Hailey (the touchy-feely one), Ashley (the clingy one) , and Tiny (the charming one).
Despite sharing personality traits with my former dogs, Chad also has other lovable qualities. Thus, I counted the ways why I love Chad.
- Chad is my walking alarm clock. He sees to it that I am awake at the sound of my alarm. No snooze button allowed. 😦 He ensures that I am wide awake because he whimpers to no end! It’s as if he’s saying, “Mom, if you don’t get up now, you will be late!”
- He makes sure I get exercise. Aside from my 30-minute pledge of walking everyday, Chad sure does keep me on my toes. Despite the sleepiness I feel, I am obliged to take him out so he can do his business. When he does this, he doesn’t walk, he flies and he takes me with him! This is how I keep fit. 🙂
- He is an extremely receptive and trainable dog. I’ve had dogs in the past but they don’t really know how to do tricks. Chad loves to learn tricks. He started learning tricks after he turned two years old. His latest trick is playing soccer with me with his ball. When I kick the ball, he kicks it right back and wait til I kick the ball again.
- He is undoubtedly appreciative. My beau and I make it a point to bring something home for him when we go out to the mall; whether it be a toy or a bone. He just loves those. We are rewarded with excited jumps and twirls when he receives them.
- He is immensely affectionate. I often asked Chad if he were a cat in his past life. He likes to rub his head on me, my beau, and our daughter. We have this wooden chair we’d like to sit on when we contemplate or rest. Chad would automatically sit in front of anyone who sits there; between their legs and rub his head on the sitter’s thigh. It is mandatory for the sitter to scratch behind his ears. This somehow relaxes him, but to me this is him being affectionate.
I can go on and on about how much I love Chad but I’ll never get to finish this post. For now, I couldn’t imagine life without him.