Alex, My Almost 12-Year-Old Canine Companion

12soon1Alex is our second dog and she’ll be turning 12 on May 5th.  We got her when she was a little over 3 months old.  At that time, I never knew nor imaged how much she would change my life, but she did and I am glad and grateful for that.  Here are just a few of the positive changes Alex brought to my life:

  • Before Alex, fun to me was going out to the club and partying until it closed.  Nowadays, fun is staying at home watching a movie with Cynthia and Alex.
  • Temper – When I used to get mad, it was hard for me to cool off.  Alex is the only being that can get me within seconds from being angry to being calm.
  • Anger barometer – Alex can tell when I am getting angry even before I realize it myself.  She’d sit by me and look straight at my face until I look at her while her whole body shivers.  When Cynthia wants to know if I am angry, all she has to do is tell Alex to get close to me and that girl gives me up every single time.

12soon2Having a dog can change your life, like in my case, but please understand that this is also a big commitment.  When your dog stops being a cute puppy, and when you have to move, she is still your dog, and your responsibility for she is not something disposable, but rather a living, breathing being.  The amazing love and loyalty she gives you must and need to be reciprocated.

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  1. callmelazy says:

    Hah, I never understood these things until I had my sweetie. I used to have cats (still do), but it’s not the same kind of relationship. Now I don’t see myself without my dog and she’s definitely my stone. She can make me feel better in no time and she is always there when I need someone. Truly unconditional love. I sometimes wonder how dogs are able to handle all this, really. They’re truly remarcable beings, so special and wonderful. Those who do not understand it, do not deserve a dog in their lives.

    1. Marcela says:

      Beautifully put. Yes, I don’t know how they are able to give us unconditional love. But then, that is why they are, in my opinion, furry angels. Yes, those who do not understand how amazing dogs are certainly do not deserve to have a dog in their lives:-)

  2. paws2smile says:

    I agree and am constantly blown away by how dependent I am of Storm. I’ve always wanted a dog but she is my first, she will be hard to replace when the time comes. I’m thankful that I still have quite a few years left with her.

    1. Marcela says:

      Great. I try, although I find it hard to do, to live in the moment. Alex is almost 12 and I was starting to get worried, and fearful of her one day crossing that rainbow bridge. One time while feeling this way, I looked at her and she came over and smiled at me. Yes, dogs do smile. As if to say, “Mom, don’t worry, I am here now with you.” Nowadays I put negative thoughts like that out of my mind and concentrate on the now. Now, she is healthy and with me and we are together.

      1. paws2smile says:

        That is something I am trying to learn, to live in the moment, but for some reason I can’t make it stick. Oh well, I just have to keep trying I guess! 🙂 Haha!

      2. Marcela says:

        Keep trying. That’s what I do:-)

  3. I agree with you, dogs change our life. We had to made some compromise, but after all I can’t imagine a life without Easy :o)

    1. Marcela says:

      Yes, they do. Me too. I had to make compromises too, but you know what? Most of them have been for my own benefit and well being. Partying and smoking as time goes by will only get you in trouble and/or sick. No, I don’t want to imagine life without Alex so I know how you feel:-)

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