New arrivals: dog trumps computer

New arrivals: dog trumps computer

So Mike Howie has been teasing me for a while now, because right around the time he ordered a new laptop, Rob and I decided on a dog.

Mike keeps saying inflammatory things like, “My laptop is going to be here long before you get your dog” and claiming that his new addition is far superior to mine.

Now. If you're a geek, maybe. But who could argue with this sweet little crooked face?

He's the dog we're bringing home a week after tomorrow, after we fulfill a few long-scheduled obligations.

Like Mike and his brand-new laptop, I feel like I've been waiting forever for a dog. And like Mike, I feel like when you compare these two things, I believe it's obvious that my addition is the winner.

OK, a laptop is useful. Especially if it doesn't need any upgrades and runs the newest version of ... whatever. And plays Blu-Ray.

But – when Mike unwraps his new computer for the first time, will it lick his face and crawl in his lap? I don't think so. (I met aforementioned dog a week ago, and that was his reaction.)

Our dog-to-be also let me give him a belly rub and his foster mom showed me how he knows how to sit and lie down. OK, I'll admit that Mike's computer probably knows a few more tricks (and won't have any trouble with “stay!”). But will it increase his physical activity and lower his stress levels? Probably not.

As Mike's been keeping an eye open for necessary apps for his new toy, I've been gleefully making and shopping for dog accoutrements: treats, toys, food and other adorable accessories. (In fact, part of the reason I'm so grateful to the readers who submitted their DIY projects is that they've kept this blog from going all-dog, all the time. I can't wait to share homemade dog tags, treats and a holder for newspaper bags for walks.)

And while Mike's computer is brand new, clean slate, my new dog has an incredible history.

And while our dog will definitely need what some might consider upgrading – obedience class, heartworm and flea preventives and of course, endless amounts of time, energy and love, he'll be worth it. You agree, right?




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kowalski_michele wrote on July 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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I love his crooked little smile. How wonderful for you and I hope together you will enjoy each other. And hooray for adopting!!

Meg Dickinson wrote on July 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm
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Thanks. I'm having trouble conveying how excited I am.

algon wrote on July 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

If that laptop licks Howie's face, I think it's safe to say he got a great deal on it.

Meg Dickinson wrote on July 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm
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catpaws wrote on July 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm

The dog will most likely last longer then the computer :-)

and P.S. He's super adorable! I want to pet him just seeing the pic!

Meg Dickinson wrote on July 29, 2011 at 8:07 am
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Isn't he? I just read "The Other End of the Leash," about how human behavior affects dogs and how you should NOT hug a strange dog. But I went to visit him and had to almost physically restrain myself from grabbing him in a bear hug. He is so adorable.

catpaws wrote on July 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Soon you'll be able to hug him all you want!