It's funny how things change. There was a time when we had as many dogs come to the studio as humans every day. I brought Hank and Pearl. David brought Oliver and Sydney. Ruby and Fozzie accompanied Eric. There were Diana and Seth, Stella and Sam.
Then David moved to Atlanta, Ruby left to take another job. The inevitable march of time had its way, first with Hank and then with Pearl.
On a personal level, the loss of Pearl last June marked the first time since I was a teenager that I've been without a pet. I had a cat all the way through college and when I got my first "real" job, I felt grown up enough handle the responsibilities that go along with a dog. Max, a Shar-Pei, joined my life.
My husband and I decided to take some time off from the routine of 6 a.m. walks and lint rollers. We make noises about a glamorous month-long european holiday and discuss the allure of turning every weekend into a three or four day affair. Now that we don't have a dog, we can do so much more. We'll live a free wheelin' life with not a care in world.
The fact is that life has continued on. The glam vacation hasn't happened and neither one of us has been chosen as the lead in a biopic of some famous movie star.
While we haven't brought home a pup, we have filled the opening in the studio dog department. Abby is a new staffer at Lorna's Laces. She's Megan's cattle dog mix and settled in beautifully on her first day.
Getting to scratch and ear and rub a belly every day is really nice. We're thrilled to have a studio dog again. Thanks Megan!