We got a dog right after Christmas and I can hardly believe how much I have changed. I have endless patience and tolerance for his sometimes naughty behavior and dirty footprints. I think this is close to how a new parent must feel – he can do no wrong. We got him (his name is Norman) from a Weimaraner rescue group. He is 5 or 6 years old and has been shuffled around to a few homes in his life. His history might explain his affectionate personality and constant testing of our rules.

I never pictured myself wanting children; I always told my mother that I would never have them. I always thought I was too selfish and wouldn’t want to sacrifice my lifestyle for a child. Since we got Norman, though, my feelings have changed. I think I might want to be a mother at some point. The love you receive for all your tolerance and hard work is worth it!

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