It’s always interesting as a pet owner to hear how other people choose their family pet(s). I know many people who do a lot research online, visit breeders or pet shelters and consult with veterinarians or vet technicians to narrow down their choices.
I did none of the above and people always laugh when I tell them how I became a dog owner.
Here’s my story…
Starting in 1987, on the weekends after piano or swimming lessons, I would watch TV. Not just any TV show – WWF.
It was love at first sight when I first saw Matilda on TV. The drool, the wrinkles, the slightly grouchy and aloof expression on her face — I fell in love with English Bulldogs and Davey Boy Smith (aka The British Bulldog) became one of my favourite wrestlers.
I wanted a bulldog just like Matilda. OK, I also wanted braids in my hair like Davey Boy Smith too.
I begged my parents until I was 18 to add a dog to our family but it never happened.
When my husband and I became homeowners, instead of buying ourselves a new sofa we bought….. you guessed it – a dog.
On a whim, we brought home a wrinkly 12 week old bulldog and slept beside her on the floor for weeks so she would get used to us.
I have been a proud dog mom for 6 years.
Yes, she drools a lot.
Yes, she sheds a lot (we vacuum once or several times a week depending on the season – she sheds more in the Summer).
Yes, she snores like a bear and passes gas like it’s her hobby.
Our dog shares a birthday with our daughter (they are exactly 2 years apart) and I take this as a sign that she was meant to be part of our family.
So there you have it. I became a dog owner because of WWF.
How did you choose your family pet? I’d love to hear your story.