Yesterday I was visiting blogathon participant blog, “B.I.K.E. with Jackie” and was reading her “25 Things that Bring You Joy” post. It prompted me to write today’s blog.
I didn’t write out my "25 things" because a big grin came to my face when I thought of the first one. Our dog, Sugar.
We bought Sugar 11 years ago for our daughter, Kelsey’s 10th birthday. Kelsey wanted a dog, I wanted a dog, but my husband, Marco, didn’t really. Well, as most things go around here, Marco was out-voted (sorry Marco but you know it’s true) and Sugar joined our family.
This adorable Shih-Tzu would become Kelsey’s younger sibling to tease and love and Marco’s napping buddy. I became her caretaker. She soon was more than a pet. She was a valuable family member.
During the past 11 years, Sugar has picked up a variety of nicknames. She answers to Poochy, Poochers, Sugar-dog, pumpkin, munchie, munchkin, moo and mooie. I have no idea where those nicknames came from, but Kelsey and I seem to come up with new ones all the time. It’s really a wonder Sugar doesn’t have an identity crisis.
I immediately thought of Sugar when I thought about things that “bring me joy” because nothing can replace that wagging tail and happy pup every time I walk into the door. It doesn’t matter if I’ve been gone half a day or just ran out to get the mail, I get the same “I missed you so much and I’m so glad you’re home” reception when I walk through the door.
And “joy” comes to my mind as every morning I awake to this tiny face licking my arm or cheek (and sometimes nose). It’s as if she were saying, “Good morning. It’s a new day.”
It’s unconditional love at its finest… and pure JOY!