We adopted Benji from the Animal Care League in Oak Park this past Thursday. The kiddo said, “Having a dog is great! Now I always have a friend to play with.”
And while I risk sounding like a total cheeseball I will add that I feel like our family is complete. Our house feels like a home now that Benji has joined us.
Before Mr. OPRFLife met Benji he told me that we should “sleep on it” before we adopt him. Yeah, right. Benji’s cuteness factor and easy going personality was no match for the Canadian.
Benji is a rescue dog. His lived the first 6 years of his life with a family that decided they could no longer care for him. It’s easy to say, “Why would someone give up such a nice dog?” I’ve asked that frequently over the past couple days.
Ultimately though I’m so thankful to this family for being responsible enough to surrender him. I’m sure it was difficult to do. It’s been hard on him too. As I write this he is looking out our back door in confusion. When will his people return?
It’ll take a few weeks for him to adjust and learn that we are his new people. We feel so fortunate that he is part of our family now.
Benji’s arrival has provided more motivation for me to keep working on our back yard.
It turns out that pulling weeds for hours on end is a great way to experience the pain of arthritic joints. (By the way, I am taking the “high” road and not making a joke about the fact that I used a variation of the words weed and joint in the last sentence. Pun toke-ally intended.)
Now I will boor you with some pictures of my handy work:
The other morning when Mr. OPRFLife left for work I was working in the yard. When he returned that evening I happened to be working in the yard again. He got out of his car and said:
“You are psycho.”
In case you aren’t aware, being described as “psycho” in this particular context is Canadian for “Wow. You are really working hard on this pr-OH-ject!
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Have a Joyful Day!