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Our newest addition

Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 8:54 PM

...and here we are!
All my life I've owned dogs. From Rottweilers to Poodles, we've had a ton of them over the years.

About eight months ago we had to have my grandmother's dog put down and since then we haven't had any pets to speak of.

Sometime in early May we rented Marley and Me and that pretty much sealed the deal on the search for a new dog.

My sweetheart and I tossed around ideas for awhile before we did anything. We wanted an inside dog. Not a big dog, but not a tiny one either.

First, we found a Boston Terrier. Or at least we thought we did. We saw an ad posted on a wall in Dexter and thought that was exactly what we were looking for.

We waited a day or two for one reason or another before calling, but when we did, we found out she had already found a new home.

When the Boston Terrier didn't pan out, we decided to keep looking and took our search online. After a lot of digging, we came across a lady in Cape Girardeau who was giving away an English Bulldog. A quick phone call let us know that our fate was still no better than before. Apparently, only minutes before the lady had received a phone call and the his new owners were in the car on their way already.

So, after several let-downs, I decided to take the day off from work that Friday to do some work around the house. Well, when I got up that morning that whole work idea went out the window and I decided I was on a mission: I was going to find us a dog today.

I started out by going to the veterinarian's office whose staff spent quite a bit of time helping me make some calls and even hunt for area breeders.

In an effort to kill a little time, I ran by Canine Connection thinking maybe they could point me in the right direction.

When I arrived, the owner told me that she had several dogs available for adoption, and while I was a little skeptical, I went to their other location to meet some of the dogs.

When I walked in, the girl went and got the two dogs that I was told were available and fit what we needed.

The first was a wire-haired Jack Russell Terrier and the other a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Both were sweet, but the Spaniel stole my heart. She walked up and laid right down on my feet.

I thanked the lady and left for a few minutes before I finally broke down and decided the Spaniel, named Daisy, was the one.

About an hour later I went and picked her up and the rest is history.

She's been as sweet and well-behaved as anyone can expect from a one-year-old dog. She's house-trained and loves attention so all in all it's gone really well.

The only real problem we've had is that she seems to have a fondness for books, magazines and anything else made of paper. Not a huge deal, we've just had to learn not to leave them around like before. Of course, we found out about her love of reading material when we came home to find a gnawed up copy of the Bible sitting in our floor.

It's been about a month now since we brought Daisy into our home and she has fit right in. Whether we're lounging around watching movies or going for a drive, it's really nice to finally have a pup around the house again.

This ran as my column in this week's North Stoddard Countian. I just thought I'd share it here, too.

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In my experience, it's best to let the dog choose the owner! They always have the best judgment!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 6:13 AM

What a beautiful little dog! Thank you for sharing this with us. Please keep us posted on Miss Daisy and her adventures.

-- Posted by cheers4dhs on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 11:42 AM

Ruff Ruff!

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:10 PM

Daisy is adorable!

-- Posted by fun2teach on Wed, Jul 15, 2009, at 1:30 PM

Daisy is beautiful and clearly chose the right family!

-- Posted by ct on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 4:34 PM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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