Tomorrow is Miss Nola’s birthday. She was born on June 10, 2008, so she will turn 10 tomorrow. The obligatory McDonald’s breakfast will be served to her, and she will be hyper-excited when I wake up and say “Happy Birthday Nola!” She KNOWS what those words mean: cheeseburger and fries….and a ride in the car! And Lulu will be just as excited, they will both jump all around on me on the bed and bark for me to get up.
Nola has been with me since July 31, 2008…the day I found her inside of a cardboard box, with the words “Free Puppy” written on the outside. I looked inside and saw 2 tiny eyes and a puppy about as big as a guinea pig. She was tiny, adorable, shaking and scared. I fell instantly in love, and scooped her up right there. She and I became partners. The deal was sealed, I told the young woman with the box I would take her and she told me that Nola’s mother was a dashound and her father was a chihuahua…thus she’s a “Chiweenie”. Funny name for a funny little tiny puppy.
First thing I did was go to the pet store and buy her all the necessary puppy equipment. I was in New Orleans Lousianna…so I named her NOLA, after the city she was born in. It fit. It was appropriate. I also call her “boo-boo” affectionately. She likes it. Nolie-boo-boo. She traveled with me, loved the car, trucks, u-hauls – anything that moved. I even took her for rides on my motorcycle when I had it. The dog just loves to BE with me, wherever I am going, whatever I am doing.
For those of us who have chosen not to have human children, a pet can become the “child” that we need to nurture. Nola has been my best friend. My confidant, and my sole source of comfort in times of sadness or grieving. She’s loved me unconditionally; no matter if I was a good person or a bad person on any particular day. She just loves me, period. And I never take that love for granted. I make damned sure that I love and pet her as much as possible. I keep her near to me all the time. If I must leave her home, like when I go to work, I tell her where I am going and when I will be back. Perhaps, you think I am nuts. It’s a dog. Yes, it’s a dog, but she has feelings and instincts. She knows when I am preparing to leave and she likes the reassurance that I will be back. She’s smart.
I love my dogs. Nola has given me a great 10 years of unconditional support. Lulu joined our family unit 3 years ago, and she’s just as important! She’ll be right next to Nola tomorrow morning, celebrating Nola’s AWESOME 10th Birthday!!!!
Ice cream love.