Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How incomplete life would be with our Maddie!

Maddie is our spoiled and much loved 5-year old pug. You might have seen her pictures posted on my blog from time to time. :) She means so much to Christian and me. By the end of the post, I hope that you'll see how much.
We got Maddie in February 2005 when she was not quite 1 years old. Christian's mom is a veterinary nurse at an animal hospital. One of her patients had a young pug and he felt that he couldn't give her the best of care anymore. He was a truck driver and was gone 2 or 3 days in a row a week. He asked if she knew anyone that might want her. My mother-in-law couldn't say no. She brought her home and asked if we wanted her (at the time, she had 4 pugs and didn't want 5). We immediately said yes and now we wonder how life would be without her.
When we got home, we noticed two things. Her previous owner had taken her to obedience school and that she was house-trained. For example, as we were playing with her that first day, we say in jest, "sit" or "down" and we were surprised as she would immediately obey. Then later that day, we looked up from sitting on the couch and she was sitting by the wall by the front door. She was telling us she needed to go outside. We were so grateful that we didn't have to teach her those things.
All through Christian's schooling and the long nights that he waited tables, she kept me company. Every where I went, she'd follow. She was either cuddled up in my lap snoring or begging from me as I ate my dinner. When Christian would call to tell me that he was on his way home, I would look at her and say, "Maddie, Daddy is on his way home." She would yip and whine until he came home. Once he came home, she would say hello to him and then wait patiently while he took his shoes of, and then proceed to lick them clean. He worked at Carrabbas at the time and who knows the good tastin' stuff he'd step in!
In the first few years, that we had Maddie, we rarely let her sleep in bed with us. Now that has completely flipped. Ever since we moved from Kansas to Washington, she has always been in bed with us. Whether it is at the end of the bed, or under the covers, or even snuggled up to one of us. Maybe, it's because she started sleeping later (or at least until our alarm clocks go off in the morning). In the last month, she started doing something repeatedly that is so cute. At night, she'll be curled by the side of us or on the edge of the bed. Then about 4-4:30 in the morning, she walk up between us to the top of the bed and and paw our shoulders to be let in under the covers. Sometimes she also paws us while begging for some of our dinner or when she just wants to come into our laps to cuddle.
Maddie is so much a part of our family; we think of her as our little girl. I know it's related to the fact that we've struggled for so many years to have children and she's become that child to us. I have felt that even more strongly after my miscarriage in July that she has managed to fill that void and also comfort us with hope that one day, she will have a human brother or sister that will love her as much as we do.


Emma said...

I'm so glad you have Maddie. I know how important she is to both of you.

Lind Family said...

Dogs are the best! I'm glad your mother-in-law found her for you!

Kristine said...

Valerie, I was the same way except it was with houseplants. I called them my babies and spoiled them. When I overwatered them darik would tell me my kids were wetting their pants and when he accidentally broke one I would feel so sad and try to make him feel bad about beating up my kids. I am really glad I had my plants to take care of. I'm sure you feel at least twice as attached to Maddie! It was fun to read your post, thanks for sharing!

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