Every kid wants a pet. I love dogs. But I like a certain kind, as Goldilocks said, "That one's too big, and that one's too small, but that one is just right. My first dog was a Springer Spaniel named Chum. I am told that I liked to ride her, and my Dad would hold me while Chum took me all through the house. I had her when I was a baby, but if not for the pictures of my dad, me and Chum, I wouldn't know about her.
Through the years, my kids all had pets, some cats, some dogs, but they weren't mine even though I fed and cleaned up after them. Finally when I was single again, I got my own dog. She is half black lab, half Queensland Heeler. She is gentle but brave, old now with a bad hip and some arthritis but with the heart of a pup she still tries to chase the ball--kind of like me.