I wanted you to meet my pooch and right hand man, Dale. I cannot believe I’m writing a post about my dog. First, I have a dog?! I suggested to my now husband while we were engaged that I would do something drastic in protest of him giving me a needy, shedding, large beast as a gift. He has always wanted one – and recently he converted me to first time dog owner.
I started studying hardcore during my second year of medical school and felt as though I needed a companion around the time of USLME Step 1 boards. We searched for a puppy and started brainstorming on a breed we could agree on. I had a list of qualities I desired in a pooch:
- Always ready for a run, walk, exercise or adventure. No lazy breed would do.
- Portable. I sincerely wanted to be able to bring my dog on a plane so I could continue my frequent travel back to Wisconsin.
- Non-shedding, hypoallergenic. I cannot stand shedding hair, and it’s so much work to keep under control! No one likes sneezing.
- Not a yappy pooch.
- Tough enough to brave the Wisconsin winters.
- Not too tiny. My tall husband still had to look like a man walking the dog.
After all of the research, we took a gamble on a Lakeland Terrier. We waited for the perfect moment to find a puppy that we could afford and call our own. The whole experience really inspired us purchasing our first home. Once the house was purchased – it didn’t take long before I found the perfect pooch named Pumpkin. We quickly bought the little lad and he met us in Pittsburgh. It was a gamble to say the least, but we were excited to welcome the new furry friend.
We’ve had him for over a year now, and he quickly became a part of the family. I like to think he takes after me – he’s stubborn, wild, a bit of an air head, and cannot stand brushing his hair. Dale also likes candy, so we have that in common. I will admit that all of the websites and bloggers were right when describing how stubborn terriers are. Dale sure knows how to get his way, and even with a good scolding, he still knows it was totally worth it – to have those brief moments on the couch all by himself! Paul and I like to say that he’s met his match in me. I am as stubborn as they come, so Dale and I go head to head, and I am proud to say that I usually win.
I hope this introduction to our pooch was enjoyable, because I’m hoping to start a small inspirational series involving Dale. Dale is carefree and leads a simple little life. Therefore, I hope to share some of the knowledge that we’ve learned from our stubborn dog over the course of this blog!