15 years ago, our greatest gift, Gabby, came into our lives. When I saw her scurry past the kitchen door for the first time, my eyes immediately filled up with happy tears (this is normal if you know me… I’m pretty sensitive!). I could not believe there was a little puppy roaming our home since my dad was so adamant about not getting a dog.
We had just moved into our freshly built home in a different town and I was starting middle school with an entirely new crew of kids. The move was an exciting one and having a cute, teeny puppy made the change even more enjoyable.
I am now engaged and living with my fiancé, step-son and a new puppy of our own, however, my fondest memories of growing up always included my sweet little nugget, Gabby. Over these precious years, I got to know her silly quirks: what she liked to eat (and what she didn’t!), which family member she loved kissing the most, how she would get so excited to take a ride in the car, and how she would dart back and forth across the length of our backyard if she saw a squirrel. Most of all, and in my opinion, best of all, I fully enjoyed watching her partake in her favorite seasonal activities – summer time regularly consisted of sunbathing on the deck or running around our pool for hours chasing the vacuum and winter time, specifically, Christmas, consisted of going after her own presents under the tree and proceeding to unwrap it prior to Christmas morning. Look at her go!
Oh how I will miss this little light in our lives. She brought so much joy and love into our family and I wish we had another 15 years with her. It truly is never enough time when you’re talking about a family member. Because that’s what she is to us – family. I learned so much from Gabby and the way my parents handled raising her, which are all things I am happy to say I’ve been able to carry over into raising our brand new puppy, Aidan. I am so grateful for those life lessons in love & responsibility.