I wonder, is that anything like searching for my next husband while Cliff is still alive? That won't happen, by the way. Once you've had the best, you won't settle for less.
Iris is still alive and healthy. Why am I researching all these various breeds of dogs?
My dog is a world-class champion hair-shedder, even worse than her predecessor, Sadie. I have vowed to never again have a dog that sheds. Iris is old; she may live another 10 years, but she is no spring chicken, and I want to be prepared.
Cliff would love it if I could live without a dog, but that would be SO hard for me. His second choice would be to have an outside dog. I would be fine with that, except for the highway that isn't so far from our house. You know, the highway where my dog Mandy was killed?
So I am researching the non-shedding dog breeds.
Poodles don't shed, but I've had one in the past. They're smart, but they don't fit my personality.
So why on earth would I be considering a Maltese? It's one of the most prissy, foo-foo-type dogs in the world.
But you see, I once met a Maltese in Texas. He didn't look like the above picture. He was cute, he was smart... and he SINGS!
Please don't tell Iris about this blog post, OK? She has a home here for the rest of her life, but she won't live forever. Yes, at my age I do realize that I'm liable to die before she does. Whatever.
If I outlive Iris, I want a female Maltese (I will have her spayed, of course). I already have her name picked out:
And yes, I WILL be taking her to a groomer and getting her shorn regularly.