It was a cold windy day in December as my husband and I walked into Post Oak Mall. I had decided that I was going to adopt a pet for my younger son, Clayton, who was struggling with being home alone when his older brother began public school. I not only wanted a companion for him, but I also wanted somewhat of a guard dog. I needed a dog that would bark if a stranger approached the house. I knew that the Brazos Animal Shelter was having one of their half price adoptions, so I thought I would check it out. What I bought that day changed the lives of four people forever!
My husband and I adopted an eleven month old chihuahua which my son later named “Lady.” We were told that she had been brought to the shelter by an older woman who told the employees that she was “afraid” for our princess, but no one knew exactly why. Lady had a pink gash in across her nose and was really frightened of all the males in our house. Anytime someone was wearing boots, she would run and hide in the closet. As we began to get to know her better, some of her favorite idiosyncrasies began to surface. The fact that she loved car rides, Kraft sliced cheese, long walks, and Oscar Meyer wieners soon became apparent.
We had over fifteen (15) years of love and laughter with Lady before she became ill with kidney disease, arthritis and other health issues. I miss her every day! It’s been over two months since she passed and I find myself still looking for her when I walk into the house, looking at the back yard, and especially at night when I go to bed. I don’t know what it was with her, but whenever someone was ill, she never left their side. She was the best “sick buddy” ever! I know I will never have someone who loves me like that again. For me, there is no other replacement for my Lady.
Thank you Brazos Animal Shelter for the best gift my family has ever had.