-We’re not a particularly religious family, but one of my husband’s favorite sayings makes a reference to God. He says, “God has a sense of humor.” What he means is the “almighty” seems to hand out only a portion of the attributes we need to be great in this life. And sometimes just when we get close to achieving the goal we aspire to most, it’s taken away. That was the case with our dog Sophie, who loved being the fastest runner at the dog park until it was taken away by paralysis. This is the beginning of our journey.
The idea to add a third dog to our family grew out of a bet during a baseball game at Wrigley Field. In an attempt to keep our son, Matthew and me interested in the game, my husband Ken made the wager to adopt a new dog if the Chicago Cubs hit 12 homeruns. Actually none of us remember if he said 10 or 12 homeruns, but it was a big, unrealistic number and he thought he was safe about winning his side of the bet. What he didn’t take into account was the fact it was 1998; the year when two baseball players on the Cubs, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, would break world records for the most homeruns hit in a season. To my delight, I returned to our hometown of Las Vegas ready to go directly from the airport to the city shelter. [Read more…]