There was one thing that really stood out for me during Tom Lauria’s presentation to councillors, that 33 per cent of Canadian households own a dog. My shock was quickly tempered when it was noted that in this area, the number is likely much higher.
If you have been reading this space since 2011, you likely already know that Kate, Abby and I are proud members of that group with our pair of Yorkies, Bodie and Beadie.
It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since Kate and I made the bold decision to add a dog to our home. And, given how high-energy Bodie still is, I’m often amazed that we all were able to make it through puppyhood in one piece.
He won us over at first sight, playing with his three sisters, his Yorkie mommy and his aunts, roaming with an ever-present mischievous look on his smiling face and a big white patch on his tummy (which he still has).
For those first few months, he was a real ‘news hound’ as he would accompany me to work at The Standard’s world headquarters, mostly content to roam around his area in the office before being tucked into his carrier as we took off in the car in search of a story.
I should add that this all happened between walks. So many walks. We had be told (warned, really) about the high energy levels of Yorkies prior to bringing him home, but Bodie pushed that description to its limit with what can only be called constant and inexhaustible energy when he was a puppy.
Try as we might to entertain him, Kate and I were no match for a dog, so after some initial resistance to the idea, we added Beadie to our mix just a few months later.
Although they might not be brother and sister in a biological sense, they are siblings in every other possible way, from the way they bicker to the way they cuddle together when too tired after a long day of wrestling around.
Owning a dog isn’t for everyone. But, I can’t imagine our lives without these two rascals, since they’ve been there for almost all of our major events over the past four years. When it came time to propose to Kate, I tied the ring box to Bodie’s collar and had him present it to her on Christmas morning.
Four years later, they are more and more becoming Abby’s dogs. This shows every time the three of them scamper across the floor or around the coffee table. For her part, Abby has won them over with a steady flow of people food from her high chair.
We had no idea what we were getting into four Christmases ago, but with so many great memories to show for it, I wouldn’t change a thing.