A New Spring (as in our step)
Is there such a thing as love at first sight?
Psychologists at Syracuse University claim that it takes only a fifth of a second to fall in love. Elvis Presley told us that “Wise men say, only fools rush in…” Whatever. All I can say is “I can’t help falling in love again.” Thank you, Elvis.
Since my last blog in November, there has been something missing around the homefront, despite squawking, talking parrots and Earl, the girl, who has slowed down enormously since Lester departed this earth.
We joined the Triad Golden Retriever Rescue Group just days after Lester’s demise, but only half-heartedly. There have been many goldens up for adoption, but not one seemed just right until we received an email a week ago asking if we were still in the looking stage for a new, young dog. There was just something in the tone of the email, a hint of excitement, that made me respond, “Just maybe.”
The next day, last Saturday, we drove the 40 minutes to Greensboro and met “Charlie.” The connection was instantaneous.
We have now had Conway (aka“Charlie”) for four days and he already makes us laugh and slow down to pet him, and speed up to play with him. Although it’s only been four days, we already love him, because in his goofy golden way, he demands it.
He’s so tall, we don’t have to bend down to pet him, so long that he’s been described as a Georgia freight train, and so strong that we’ve been knocked into furniture and walls as Conway shows his enthusiasm for life. All of that just feels so normal.
Lots of people have told us that having a new dog perks up the older one. We’re not sure about Earl’s opinion of this upstart, but she’s observing the new jolt of energy and joy at home. Earl is counting the days until she can teach Conway how to swim, when the pool temperature reaches 60 degrees or so. We are reveling in the joy a puppy, albeit it a two year old, can bring us, as a hint of spring is in the air.