My little buddy Jonah

My little buddy Jonah

What a face, huh!

What a face, huh!

This is my beautiful, 6 month old Maltese puppy, Jonah.  He is such a joy and a godsend to me.  Let me explain.   For me, animals are more than just pets or companions.  They are a need so deep within me.  When I had to give up my goats, rabbits and chickens, it left a huge hole in my heart.  Try as I might, I could not fill that hole with any other pleasure.  I am sure that it has a lot to do with the comfort and escape I found on my grandfather’s farm in Dexter, Oregon as a young girl.  But that is another post, maybe someday.   When all the animals were gone, we were left with only two dogs.  Unfortunately, we ended up having to put down my favorite little buddy, Jayden.  The loss of yet another precious friend closed off a part of my heart that I didn’t think I would risk opening again, yet I could not help myself.   My husband does not have the same “need” for an animal companion and was perfectly content with the one dog and said we would not be replacing Jayden.  Infact, he was happy to not have the extra responsibilty especially with us traveling a bit more.  Now, our other dog, Cosmo is a nice, old guy but that is part of the problem.  He is getting rather old and pretty much sleeps most of the time.  I haven’t really ever formed a bond with him.  I am not really sure why, and so I missed Jayden very much.  I tried to be patient, but I just could not find peace.  I prayed and asked God to help heal my heart and if He was willing, to change my husband’s mind.  I asked for the right words to express my need for a puppy.  I did a bit of research and found what I thought would make a perfect choice and would be a dog that my husband would not have a problem with.  We needed a dog that would not shed much, would be small enough for traveling in an RV, would not be barky and could be easily trained.  After a lot of looking, I discovered the Maltese breed.  Then to my disappointment, I also discovered what these dogs usually cost.  I knew they were out of my league and again prayed for a special circumstance that would allow me to have one for my own.  Soon, I happened to find a breeder who was near by and did indeed have a special circumstance and was willing to bless me with my pick of two males in my price range.  Now, all that was left was to find the words to ask my husband.  When I called and began to assure him that I wanted to express my heart to him and not be manipulative, he immediately asked, ” Is this about a puppy?”  I hesitantly said , “yes” and then he said, “go ahead and get him.”  Not able to believe what I was hearing, I asked if he was sure and that I wasn’t trying to “get my way”.  But he told me he had thought about it and decided that the timing would be okay.  Well, I could hardly wait.  I went to pick him up and knew instantly that he was the one.  He is the smartest little guy, has taken to clicker training so fast and is a real delight.   He is my constant shadow and curls up at my feet while I am in my sewing studio or sits next to me on the couch.   So far, he is doing really well with basic obedience and can dance.  I am sure you will be seeing a lot of posts about him and his antics.  
If you would like more info about the Maltese breed, check out my links to the American Maltese Assocation or the AKC. 
   
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