April 23, 2009
Jane: They say owning a pet keeps you healthy. But recently I'm starting to wonder. First I read a WebMD article suggesting dogs might be hazardous to your health. Then Daisy gave a dear friend a shiner.
It was purely accidental. Friends visited last Saturday to "see the baby," and as soon as Tom and Sue arrived, Daisy and Boomer transformed into whirling fur dervishes, moaning and groaning with excitement. They affectionately leaped up to greet our guests just as Tom bent down to pet Daisy. She bumped hard into his eyeglasses, socking him right in the eye.
Here's the truth about dog ownership: Love hurts.
I think Roy Orbison got it right when he sang the lyrics, "Love hurts, love scars, love wounds and mars." That pretty much captures what can happen when we love our dogs--and our dogs love us.
Our first dog, Bo, a lusty young fellow who never quite got the hang of the leash, one time yanked me--hard--off a curb, fracturing one of my metatarsal bones.
Then Buddy, our mild-mannered Lab, once cut Rich off in a race back to the house. Before Rich realized what had happened, he was tumbling over on the driveway with a broken wrist.
And thanks to a lovely little walk with Boomer two weeks before our daughter's wedding, I ended up having to wear a Velcro "moon boot" on my right foot for four weeks.
It seems as though all our dogs have done bodily harm. But would we give up having them in our lives simply to avoid black eyes, fractured bones, stubbed toes, and stumbles in the night? Not for a single moment.
In the end, the lyrics of this rock-band take on "Love Hurts" more closely resembles our relationship with WoofGang members:
but sometimes it's a good hurt
and I feel like I'm alive.
when it transcends the bad things.
Have a heart and try me,
'cause without love I won't survive.
Now, isn't there a J. Geils Band song out there titled "Love Stinks"? That's a whole other blog post!
Posted by Rich, Jane, Boomer, and Daisy at 5:00 AM