Introducing the newest member of our family, Harold “Harry” Pingitore:
Isn’t he just the most precious little thing!?! Some of you may have read one of my previous blogs about the sudden and tragic loss of our beloved wiener dog, Arnold (“Arnie”). Losing him was devastating for our family, and we have certainly missed having him with us. We have always had at least one small “inside” dog to love and cuddle as part of our family. So without one, our home feels incomplete. We also have “outside” dogs who we love dearly. However, they spend most of their time outside enjoying their life on our mountain as our protectors.
In addition to losing Arnie, we also suffered a near tragic loss of one of our big dogs. We had 4 “outside” dogs, but two of our dogs attacked and nearly killed one of our other dogs. This was a very traumatic situation for our two youngest children who witnessed the horrid scene. Fortunately, the injured dog has now fully recovered, but we had to find a new home for our male dog who was involved in the incident. This was terribly upsetting for us, because we truly love this dog, and we were sad to say goodbye to him. So, needless to say, we’ve dealt with a lot of pain due to these recent unfortunate circumstances with our pets.
Just when I thought I was done with dogs for a while, something interesting happened. To begin with, we originally got our dog, Arnie, 11 years ago from Lisa, who works in the front office of our children’s school. After Arnie died, I made sure to let her know what had happened and thanked her for the special gift he was to our family. Cut to a couple of weeks ago--our son, Turner, and I decided to pick up our youngest son, Parker, early from school. It’s very rare these days for Turner to be with me on a half-day, seeing that he is a teenager with a very busy social life. It’s also unusual that he would want to go inside the elementary school with me rather than just wait in the car while I picked up Parker. Although it was odd, as soon as we walked into the school office, it was clear that he was meant to be with me. Lisa was very excited to see us and immediately shared with us that she had found some dachshund puppies that just came up for adoption right in our area.
My initial thought was; “Nooooo, I can’t possibly deal with a puppy right now, and how dare I even think of such a thing”. Lisa proceeded to pull up pictures on her laptop to show us just how cute these little puppies were. Of course, Turner was thrilled with this idea and adamant that we check into them. As soon as Parker came into the office, Turner made sure to get him on board with the idea too. With some hesitation, I took down the contact number just in case my curiosity got the best of me. As soon as we left and got into the truck, my fear started to wane as I got out of my head and into my heart. I remembered that I had said just a couple of months ago that if we were ever to get an “inside” dog again, I would want to get it now while we are still in our current home so that we can get the potty training and initial puppy phase done before we move into our newly remodeled home. Although I was conflicted, there was something that felt very right about simply checking into these puppies. I decided to say a little prayer and asked for guidance on the matter. I proceeded to send a text to the lady selling the puppies to see if we could come and see them. Sure enough, she answered immediately and told us to stop in.
Before we even got to her home, I had an intuitive message about the puppy’s name. I just knew he was to be called Harold and “Harry” for short. But wait! I wasn’t even sure if we were going to get a puppy. How would I possibly get my husband to agree on this plan given all the stress we were recently under with the dogs we already have? Logically this made no sense, but intuitively I knew this dog was to be ours. As soon as we saw him, we all knew. He literally looks like a mixture of every dog we’ve ever had with all of his different markings and colors. We had to have him. Therefore, I confidently shared with my husband all of the synchronicities that led me to this dog and although even I thought it was a little crazy, I was sure this was meant to be. To be honest, this did cause some tension between us, but I knew I needed to take a stand on this. I also knew being the dog lover that he is, my husband would ultimately fall in love with Harry and all would be great in the end.
I made sure to set my ego aside when challenged with my husband’s resistance. So, instead of getting angry and defensive, I spoke from my heart and stood my ground with compassion and understanding. At this point, he’s been letting his guard down and allowing Harold to shower him with affection and vice versa. I’m standing firm in the truth that this dog is meant to be with us. I am also enjoying watching the walls around my husband’s heart crumble with each and every lick and kiss from this incredibly cute little bundle of joy.
Sure enough, we are all deeply in love with little Harry, and he is the perfect addition to our family! He is already serving his life’s purpose of sharing unconditional love with us, bringing lots of joy and helping to heal our hearts and souls. We are truly blessed to have him, and I am excited to share our new love with all of you!