(Originally published in 2011)

I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that Snickers has finally slept through the night (HURRAY!!!).  The bad news is that I’m about to write yet another post about our (my) new dog.

I know.  What’s so special about this dog?  I’m glad you asked!

First of all, after only a week, she’s almost potty trained.  That’s faster than any of my kids potty trained.  Also, she never complains about what I feed her.  In fact, I’m constantly working to keep her from eating the mulch from our flowerbed, pieces of trash that blow into our yard, and our bushes.  So dog food is a nice change in her diet. Again, this is more than I can say for any of my kids.

She is very willing to please.  She only bites me 3-4 times before drawing blood and getting a swat on the nose.  (Kind of like my kids, well, except for the drawing blood and getting a swat on the nose part.)

She goes to her room, er, kennel without complaint, and all I have to give her is a doggie treat.

She likes to curl up and sleep on my lap.  (Of course, my kids did that as babies, too.)

She’s easy to please.  Just give her a rope and play tug-of-war and she’s happy for hours.

Finally, she willingly poses for pictures (see below).  My kids either hide when they see a camera or do something ridiculous that they think makes them look cool (again, see below).

Next time I will try to write about something other than the dog.  Like my kids…and how they are scared of the dog.  Or how our household has changed since the dog came to live with us.  Or our summer vacation (we’re taking the dog).  Maybe you’ll get lucky and I’ll post about the Mockingbird family that’s living in our backyard instead.  

What can I say?  I guess I’m an animal lover at heart.