It’s been a while since I’ve dedicated a post to my best canine friend, and since there are a few of you who don’t know her backstory, I wanted to tell you a little about Moxie today. After all, she’s the namesake of my blog!
A couple of years ago, I had just moved out of my parents’ house, and I was getting pretty lonely without a dog. I had grown up with one always at my side, so it felt strange not to have a fuzzy friend around. All too often, I found myself browsing through dog adoption sites, and by the summer of 2014, I was ready to bring one home.
I was looking for a boy dog, one that was young but no longer a puppy, and not too big. Instead, I ended up with a wiggly girl puppy with huge paws that foretold her heftier adult size. The night I took her home from the shelter, I was both overjoyed and panicked–how would I ever raise a puppy? The two dogs I grew up with had been at least a year old when they came to live with us, so I was clueless.
It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. Going through Moxie’s teething phase was painful (literally) for both of us, and I remember coming home on many occasions to find that she had chewed something or other–the cabinets, the table, even the floor. Eventually, though, she grew out of most of her bad habits, and now we’re on a pretty even keel.
These days, Moxie is truly my best friend. The highlight of my day is coming home and watching her tail wag furiously as I walk through the door. We share my bed–well, I’m not sure I would call her sprawling all the way across the mattress “sharing.” I take her with me whenever I can–to run errands, to go on hikes, but especially to her favorite place, my parents’ house.
Getting to know her has been so much fun. Now that she’s nearly two years old, she’s developed some strong preferences. Likes: peanut butter, the snow, my parents’ dog Zak, my bathtub, giving kisses. Dislikes: trucks and the neighbor dog.
I can’t wait to see what the years ahead have in store for us. My dream has always been to adopt a brother or sister for her–maybe one day I’ll be writing a post about that dog!
Do you have any pets? What do you love best about them?
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