In August, I found myself crying in a Wal-Mart in Canada, squealing over pictures of little worm-like creatures. One of them was Duke.
Early in our relationship, the Englishman and I knew we wanted to bring a dog into our lives. He had always had dogs in England, and I love every animal in the whole world – the decision was an easy one. We wanted a dog that payed “homage” to both of us, an American-born dog with a noble English heritage. Eventually, we settled on the English Setter breed.
We decided to use a reputable breeder to bring a new little member into our family. We thought long and hard about this, and spent months researching, visiting kennels, and making an informed decision. Ultimately, we chose Jim and Gia at Daybreak English Setters to grow our little family.
On August 23, 2015, Duke Wellington Ross was born. He was all milky white when he was born, but today he is spottier by the minute. He came home at seven weeks old, and was so tiny that I mistook him for a stuffed animal.
Having a puppy is definitely good preparation for having a baby. We spent so many sleepless nights cleaning up tiny puddles and taking Duke out for walks. We started worrying all the time – is he chewing/sleeping/peeing/eating? We started rearranging all our plans to spend more time with him.
Today, he loves sticks, long walks through the woods, and pieces of my apple (but only my apple, and only if I’ve taken a bite of it first). He’s the Englishman’s best friend, and my sweet little boy.