+ proud daddy (sort of….)

All right, I’ll be candid here–this is not the only newsworthy even in the last 5 months, it’s just that Alyssa told me I’d better brag a bit on here so that she can suffer that much less of my sappy puppy love. So if you’re on Facebook, then I’m sure you already know–if you’re not, here it is: Chief is the latest member of the Agee family of SE Portland. He is definitely part black lab, but we’re unsure on the rest–very possibly a Mastador (half black lab, half mastiff).

dog lying under my desk

Yes, that's my size 13 foot next to him--he'll be a big boy.

One of the guys in our office came home to a new puppy that his wife had brought home, and the whole family loved him. Unfortunately the timing was not great, and complications of moving and a slightly covetous older dog made the addition less than feasible. Alyssa has known for a long time that I would love a dog but for many good reasons we couldn’t quite fit a furry friend into our hectic lives. Our friends convinced us to take him for a weekend just to see how it went, and–in spite of our very serious conversation about how a dog would be _my_ charge–Alyssa fell in love with him just as much as I did. Before our half-hour ride home for the weekend had passed, it was a done deal.

Our lives haven’t really changed all that much to allow for a pet, so it takes a pretty special puppy to deal with the insanity that we call normal life. The great thing is that Chief is so well behaved, we’ve only heard him bark once, and for fair enough reason (the sound the washing machine makes annoyed/scared him; the dryer was just fine, but not the washer). He will play if you rile him up a bit, but does just as well if not better sleeping under the desk while we work. He even gets along grandly with our 13-month old neighbor Ellis.

It’s funny how much a little body in your house can remind you of the beauty of the mundane. Eating, pottying, and climbing the stairs become marvelous and praise worthy. A broken-down car becomes a much milder event when a little tongue insists on giving you a chin-bath. There are certainly costs to adding a dependent (even one so easy as Chief), but I find the engagement and puppy love well worth the effort. Who knows, maybe we’ll be ready for some other kinds of interlopers before too long =).

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