You would do anything for your dog, right? Knee surgery, special diet, allergy medicines….these are all things that are no-brainer, aren’t they? Of course they are – we are dog lovers extraordinaire! So imagine my surprise the other day when while discussing with a friend the cost of ‘saving’ her dog she mentioned that she’d renamed her dog Tahiti. Tahiti? Why Tahiti? “Because what it cost to save her was the cost of our next vacation!” Ah! I get it… this is why my friend named her dog Tahiti! “I thought of “College education,” said my friend…”but could you imagine screaming that at a dog park,” she offered. “Come here College Education!” Yup, she had a point. Naming your dog ‘College Education’ just doesn’t have a ring to it.
We stood in our doorway, taking a break from our day, talking, laughing at the potential of calling your dog silly names instead of giving things to your family….”Stay off the couch Toyota!” Ha ha ha! Oh gosh, what animal lovers won’t do for their fuzzy ones. In all seriousness, my friend, Emily, is a great mom and she puts her family first. Her family includes those recently adopted and with four legs. Love….it doesn’t wax and wane…it just is. Emily knew that when she adopted her dog that she had to put the needs of her pup first, particularly if something drastic happened, above conveniences like vacations. Emily had just adopted her pup, after having to make the hard decision to let her senior pup go into that sweet night.
Life is for those that believe life is worth living. Don’t come to life thinking that it will somehow just take care of you. It’s a bit tougher than that. Love is often not convenient. I’ve learned that….the hard way. Just when I thought we have everything ready, our pup decides that…oh, perhaps kidney failure might be more important. Or even heart failure. Dang dogs! Of course their health is important – and when it comes down to thousands of dollars per treatment, that is then weighed against your extra money spending like vacations or that RV you were thinking of buying. So what is a dog mom to do? Find a more convenient time for their dog to get sick…. No! Of course not.
Why My Friend Named Her Dog Tahiti
So, taking on some life lessons from our friend Emily – we decided that we better have a reserve, just in case… you know, for things that perhaps you ‘don’t know’ might be coming! What would you name your pup if he or she took over your reserve fund? For me and my husband, our dogs names would likely be “Concrete Driveway,” “French Door,” and “Extra Bathroom!” I’m partial to French Door – ‘sit French Door, sit!’ I imagine that I’ll be met with a ‘le’ woof!’ We enjoyed a great laugh with our friend Emily – and we’re glad that she was able to amend her spending to allow for the care of her pup. But in a way it made us think about what we should perhaps think about how to manage the unplanned in our dog’s lives. Maybe we should have a little reserve. You just never now when something might go south. Besides….calling our dog ‘Tahiti’ is just something that we don’t want to do!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!