I couldn’t pin-point the exact moment, nor am I completely surprised that I find myself here, but sometime in the last few weeks I have become a full-fledged, borderline ridiculous dog person. Maybe it was when I happily spent 30 minutes picking burrs out of his fur. Maybe it was when I seriously debated between two toys in the pet store for longer than I’m willing to admit. Which one would make him happier? Maybe it was when I started talking to him as if he were another human. I’m not sure, but Gus has been with us almost 2 months now, and we are all completely, head-over-tails, in love with him.
I was the last one to get on board with this dog-owning business, mostly because I knew that most of the work of pet ownership would fall on me. And because I really, really liked my house fur-free. But now that he’s here, I can’t imagine life without him. Yes, there are the usual frustrating things that go along with having a dog. The fur mounding up in the corners. The accidents. The chewing. Those things are very much overshadowed by the many things we love about Gus:
- The adorable doggy head-tilt, mostly brought on when Elena practices her saxophone. We’re not really sure about some of the sounds that come out of there, either, buddy.
- How he cries every time you come back after being gone, even if being gone means you just went to get the mail. I mean, who doesn’t want that kind of devotion in their lives?
- The way he sleeps spreadeagle on his back and snores like an old man.
- How he reminds us that it’s the little things in life that bring the most joy, like a rogue ice cube that drops to the floor from the ice maker.
- Puppy snuggles and kisses.
- His ability to bring out the deepest of belly laughs from Eli. I really do think every little boy needs a dog. Closely rivaled by:
- His ability to get Elena off her iPod. We’ve tried everything. Turns out all we needed was a dog.
He goes by many names beyond Gus here: Gus Gus, Goose, Couscous, Gustifer, Oh Puppy! My Puppy! (a la Dead Poet’s Society). Mostly we’re just so happy to call him ours.