"And suddenly you know:
it's time to start something new
and trust in the magic of beginnings."
-- Meister Eckhart
February - March 2017
All journeys have a beginning. After two years of mourning, I was finally ready to share my life with a four-legged companion. I adore all breeds, but the terrier group is my favorite--I'm enchanted by their pluck, vibrant personalities, and comical expressions.
"Just do it," my husband said.
"No, let her be," Bandwidth said. "She's got one of her feelings."
After making a few calls, I discovered that my instincts had been correct. It was best to keep looking.
The next breeder was a sweet lady, but a family illness had caused her to take a leave of absence. She told me to check back in the fall. In the meantime, I narrowly missed the chance to adopt two rescue terriers. I felt sad. It had taken me so long to reach the point where I could look at pictures of dogs, much less look for a companion. But finding a puppy, older dog, or rescue is beyond our control. So much depends on luck and timing--and maybe a little magic, too.
Breeder number three showed her dogs at AKC events, and she was knowledgeable about breed-specific illnesses. One of her terriers had just delivered a litter of healthy puppies, but they'd all been spoken for. In the show world, this is common. Promising puppies are kept -- any pup can be the next Grand Champion. People wait months, even years, on waiting lists. The breeder was waiting to see if another bitch (the correct term) was expecting; she should know in a week. Like many responsible hobby breeders, she was interested in building relationships, not selling puppies. She told me to email her (which I did). She also invited me to stop by a dog show so we could meet.
"Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.'
-- Dean Koontz, American Author
In the meantime, I discovered that I love taking pictures of dogs. By going to shows, I was getting an up-close education about different breeds; and every single dog wanted to be my best buddy.
For now, that's enough.