Liz Benigno

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Pups and Husbands

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Confession Time. I really could live my life without a dog. Before you dog lovers judge me, hear me out. I don't really get the love of puppy breath, or their tummies, or "adorable" whimpers. But, even more than that, I am not a fan of dog hair everywhere, wet paw prints on windows and chewed baseboards. Dog barf because they got into something? No thanks.

Yes, yes I know, it's about companionship and unconditional love. Isn't that what a husband and best friend are for?

So WHY did we get a puppy? Because I am married to a dog lover. A man who finds satisfaction with a dog at his feet.

It has been a really crummy year for Steve. A year ago May I was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery. Then on the very first day of chemo in July his dad unexpectedly passed away. Steve remained steady and calm. My rock. If there were tears they were private ones, not wanting to burden me with any additional stress. But then one evening in early September our 15 year old dog Rascal had a seizure and died. Oh my. Rascal's death unleashed a season of pain and grief. Free to cry over his beloved dog, he did. 

Fast forward one year and Steve was ready for a dog. Eesh, Not me. I liked the freedom from responsibility and quite frankly I didn't miss the fur tumbleweeds normally found in the corners of my house. So what's a girl to do? I had two choices, be unyielding to my husband or call Jodi.

I called Jodi. Jodi is my straight shootin' prayer partner. She's the one who knows all the ugly of my life. Jodi is the one who tells me to get my act together and always points me to what God wants me to do. She is un-apologetically uninterested in how I "feel". She is however, very interested in what I do and how I do it. Here is what she said, " Steve needs this. I'll start praying for your heart to change."

Honest to goodness I felt my heart change. I actively began looking for pups with Steve. We laid in bed weighing the pros and cons of types, sizes and gender. I found myself buying toys that squeaked (squeaked for God's sake!).

Penny, our spaniel mix, came home on Tuesday. She's sweet and smart and follows Steve everywhere he goes. A new best friend. And I am a newly converted dog lover. Thanks Jodi.

Get yourself a Jodi. A person who knows what it means to love Jesus, and who will fight for all that is good, true and beautiful for you and your family. 

He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools suffers harm. 

Proverbs 13:20