With my new career change and my new life, it’s nice to have something that remains constant. Something that is familiar. Something that I love. Something that I can come home to and know it will be there for me. Always happy to see me. Always there to greet me. Yes, you would think that I am speaking about my beloved “Wiseguy” husband. It could be my handsome man, but sometimes he works nights and he is not there for me upon my return. When he is not home, I have two fuzzy wuzzies that are always super happy to see me when I get home. I have two fluffy puppies (until they get haircuts), but no matter how challenging a day I have had, their wet noses and wagging tails make me melt and forget about any trials and tribulations. This is the story of how the first fuzzy wuzzy came into my life.
I hated dogs. Period. Yes, my early years, my teen years, my early adult years, I hated dogs. Actually, I didn’t hate them, but they terrified me! I always thought they were going to jump on me and wrestle me to the ground and eat my face off. How did I get this insane conception? No idea. For years I just new that all I had to yell was, “Go home!” and they should go scurrying off. Did it always work? In most cases. So, how did an anti-dog person suddenly become the owner of, not one, but two dogs?
Whilst Wiseguy was working nights, I was alone and wanted company. I told him I wanted a dog. He laughed. He chuckled. He chortled (oh yes he did!). With the comment of: “You hate dogs.” Yes, he was right. The reason I began thinking I wanted an animal was something a friend said. He had just become the new owner of a German Shepherd. I told him I could never visit him because I was terrified of dogs. He said quite simply, “Oh, I don’t like other people’s dogs but I love mine.” That got me thinking. Yeah. If I trained my dog then I would love it. Wiseguy still thought I was crazy. Even worse, I told him I would call my dog Barney. Well, he poo-pooed me every night. I kept going to bed at night wishing that I could have my Teddy-bear dog.
I wished for a tan coloured little pooch with little dark eyes. I knew it should be a him and not a her. I just felt it was right. (I have these wonky extra-terrestrial powers I think). So, imagine my surprise when after about 4 weeks my stepdaughter called, super-excited with this news: “You aren’t going to believe this! I got an interview at a pet store.” Well, now you see how my hokey-pokey magic wish powers just seemed to come to fruition. What happened next?
After a week at the new job, I decided to visit her and see how she was liking her new job. She was always incredible with animals and this was a perfect fit for her. I told Wiseguy that I was going to visit her and asked if he wanted to come along. Sure. So, off we went. We arrived and Princess was super happy with her job. FANTASTIC! Suddenly, my eyes locked on this little furball. He just sat there. The other pups scampered around him and he just sat there. Princesses’ sister (who also worked there) asked me if I wanted to hold him. Hold? Him? I have held over 100 children, but 4-legged creatures…never! She brought him to me and put him in my arms. He sat there. He didn’t move. He didn’t bark. The anti-dog. I was amazed at this 10-week old teddy bear. They had a little room that you could sit in to get to know one another. I placed my little furball on the floor and he WENT NUTS! He was scurrying and jumping and yipping and I didn’t know what to do! Wiseguy was laughing at me (justifiably). He came in and rescued me. How? He picked up the foot long fuzzy and placed in my arms where he promptly relaxed and just let me carry him around. I fell in love with this little cutie. What happened next?
Barney came home with us except he was renamed Waldo. Like “Where’s Waldo?” Wiseguy is great at naming people (children) and animals. Fuzzy wuzzy…has kept me sane. At first I used to call Wiseguy and cry. I had never had a pet before and suddenly I had this 6 lb furball biting me and scratching and whimpering and barking. It was a learning experience with a puppy, but I did survive. Waldo (now 8 years old and I like to call him Fabio). He knows he is beautiful. When his hair gets long (part shitzu-part poodle) he needs a haircut(e). (lol! My own funny.) Biblically he is like Samson (and Delilah if you need to google). When his hair is short (that is his “Baldo” phase) he is “sprite-like” as the 10 week old that I met. No matter what, Waldo aka Baldo aka Fabio is special. Why?
Where’s Waldo? As a dating profile I think he would say: Hate baths, but love long brushes. Hate squirrels, airplanes, ambulances. Love robust trees. love waldo XOXO
P.S. I am beautiful and fuzzy but I am not a bear. I am sure you bears are jealous! Love Waldo. aka Waldorfson