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Thou Shalt Not Covet...Thy Daughter's Dog???!!!

Updated on September 7, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Reeses all cozy in her bed with her favorite ball by her side!
Reeses all cozy in her bed with her favorite ball by her side! | Source


My daughter adopted a dog from The Humane Society nine months ago. She had been begging for a dog of her own for years, but when she was younger, she was not very responsible when it came to pet care, and I just wasn't up for caring for yet one more pet. A friend decided (with my permission) to get her a dog from the Humane Society. Morgan wanted a small dog that she could bring everywhere with her. She really liked the Chihuahua breed, so I assumed that was what she would come home with.

They went to look for dogs one particular day. She called me all excited about this great dog she had fallen in love with. She told me it was about 25 pounds and she really liked it. I was disappointed that she hadn't found the Chihuahua of her dreams, or some other type of small dog under ten pounds as she had been talking about for years. I asked her to wait a few days before deciding, to make sure this particular dog was what she really wanted and that she wasn't just settling since there were no Chihuahuas available. She was disappointed but agreed.

She came home that night and showed me the dog's picture on the Humane Society website. Although it did look somewhat like a large Chihuahua, I was shocked at how large this dog was, and I didn't think it was even attractive. I am ashamed to now admit that I told her the dog was horrendous looking and I thought she should hold out for the Chihuahua of her dreams. The dog was also six and a half years old, so I knew it might come with some bad habits. But I realized at least we wouldn't have to break in a puppy. She asked if I could at least go with her to look at it in person. She was quite determined, so I agreed.

The Humane Society Visit

We arrived at the Humane Society, and she took me to the back room to see the dog. It looked the same to me as it had in the picture. I thought the dog was too big, and that she would become disillusioned with it shortly after she got it because it wasn't small enough. It stands about fourteen inches to the shoulder. The staff asked if we would like to see her in a visiting room. We agreed, and they let us visit with her. She didn't warm up to easily to anyone and seemed to bounce around from one person to the next sniffing and seeming anxious. One of the female staff popped in and the dog went crazy around her, hopping all over her and climbing into her lap. I realized that she must have some bonding potential.

The staff told us that her owner had died. That bit of news tugged at my heart strings. They said the dog is partial to women, and is afraid of men, so it takes her some time to warm up to men. When we were allowed to take her outside, with a staff member tagging along, I found she was very well behaved on her leash and didn't tug or pull like the large dogs I had when I was growing up. And she had already been spayed, so we didn't need to worry about her having puppies. She was definitely growing on me.

As we left the Humane Society that afternoon, I told Morgan that if that was the dog she really wanted, it would be okay with me. The next day, she and her friend went to pay the fee and pick her up. I had to give the okay to staff members that they could adopt the dog since Morgan was under 18. I gave verbal permission over the phone, with a heavy sigh after I hung up. I wondered if my daughter would maintain her commitment to this dog once the newness wore off. The rest of the afternoon, while I was at work, I received a series of pictures of the dog looking very cute as she curled up in the back of the car on the way home.

The Rest of the Story

Well, this story has a happy ending which you might have guessed from the title. Not only does my daughter love her dog, I now love this dog myself. She came with the name, 'Reeses" probably because she is the color of the inside of a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. She has the sweetest personality in a dog I have ever seen. She is attached to both my daughter and me, and follows one or the other of us around the house.

She is affectionate very happy and loves to play Frisbee. She loves to go for car rides, and I often take her with me when I just need to run errands because I enjoy her company. She learns new tricks quite easily and has an assortment of toys that we call her "babies" that she will run to go get whenever we ask her where her baby is.

She alternates who she sleeps with, and lays very unassumingly at the end of the bed. She is just so happy to be with someone who loves her. She is very smart, and has learned commands quickly, including which door she needs to go to when we ask her if she wants to go, "out back" on her run, or to "take a walk." She has her own signals which tell us when she needs to go outside to relive herself.

Speaking of taking a walk, she is great company for me on daily walks around the neighborhood, and I find myself taking longer walks for health with her along. Walking the dog is now one of my favorite habits each day. She is a fantastic watch dog and lets us know by some very aggressive barking if someone is approaching the house. When she has done something wrong, she knows it and hangs her head, slinking toward us with shame. Sometimes she cuddles right up to us, with her nose and little face pressed right up against our cheek and a wagging tail as a way to ask for forgiveness.

Speaking of wagging her tail, sometimes we can just look at her and tell her she's a good girl, and without even being able to see her tail, we can hear it thumping against the floor, or a piece of furniture because she is happy! She has three different looks, including her alert look, with her ears straight up in the air, her "Yoda" look where her two ears stick straight out on either side of her head, and her happy look, where her ears are back against her head, and she is wagging her tail. She sometimes has her bottom teeth showing when wagging her tail, like she's smiling at us. She usually has the cutest look on her face, as though she is telling us she's glad to be here. And she will happily wag her tail with just a look or a greeting from either one of us.

My daughter will be moving out within the next year and taking the dog with her. I am sad that the dog and I will be parting ways and that I will no longer have her presence with me on a daily basis. Yes, I guess I do at times "covet my daughter's dog," and wish that she was mine so I could keep her in my life for the rest of her doggie days. But she loves my daughter, and the feeling is quite mutual, so I am glad they have each other. I am the back up "Grammy," and in the long run, that's how it should be. But I will miss her when they eventually move on.

Every morning when I say my prayers, I thank God for this dog who has brought such joy and love to our lives.

Reeses with her 'baby"
Reeses with her 'baby" | Source
At Christmas we discovered Reeses enjoys dressing up and being fussed over about how cute she looks!
At Christmas we discovered Reeses enjoys dressing up and being fussed over about how cute she looks! | Source

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoyed this -- and could relate to it in reverse. (I'm the daughter in my version of it!) Many years ago, I adopted a four-pound Chihuahua I'd fallen in love with when I cared for him as a veterinary technician. A year passed since the Chihuahua had been at the clinic, and I ran into his owner. I immediately asked, "How's Willie?" "Oh, Willie's looking for a home!" I was in the police academy at the time and had no business adopting that darned dog, but I did.

      Willie was tiny -- but he was feisty. Mean, actually. He bit just about everyone who touched him except for his immediate family -- me. I loved him. On the day I first introduced him to my Mom, I carried him in my arms and she shoved me aside saying, "I don't even want to see it."

      How things change. Mom softened towards Willie -- so much so that I began leaving him with her on my long night shifts at work. Soon she was asking to borrow him for her trips to the family cabin. Even Dad fell in love with him. What could I do? I took him over one day and said, "You should keep Willie."

      Willie was a much, much loved member of the family until he died at age 18. My Dad cried when it was time to say goodbye to him.

      So Karen, sometimes coveting your daughter's dog is a wonderful thing. It worked out well for Mom, Dad, Willie and me.

      Best -- MJ

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Millionaire Tips,

      Thanks for the compliment on Reeses! I am hoping to get Grandmother visitation rights! My daughter doesn't like to walk her all that much so I am sure I can convince her to let me stop by and take Reeses hiking because it will be good for her...for me too! Fortunately, Reeses came knowing how to smile...and to sit on her hind legs with her paws up...it's so cute. She looks like a little prairie dogs sitting up on her haunches!!!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hyphenbird,

      Thanks for the comment. She has an adorable personality to go with her cute looks! It will be hard to let her go, and the time is coming near so I try to enjoy each day, and the many walks we take together, while we can.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Reeses is so adorable. I hope you get lots of visits with her when your daughter is away. I think I am going to have to train my dog to smile too!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Reeses is adorable. Rescue dogs are wonderful animals and become the most loyal friends. I know you read about my adopted Bichon MiraBella who is the best friend a woman could ever have. I love your Reeses big grin and am so happy for all of you. I wonder if you can let here go when your daughter moves out. Grandma's have rights too ya know!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      GaelicQueen,

      That's funny...poop presents. All of our golden retreivers died between age 11 - 13. I have a feeling Reeses will be around longer because she is smaller. You are right about the child part. But there are good things about that too...they never talk back, always love you and don't complain about not liking their food!

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      GaelicQueen 5 years ago

      Having a dog is like having a child with four legs, fur, insatiable appetite, but I've always had a dog (canaan; golden retriever, german shepard, rat terrier). The rat terrier has lived longer than any of the big dogs (all died by the time they were 8). Having a geriatric dog is a new adventure....always on the look out for poop presents.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Redberry Sky,

      Yes, I am hoping for visiting rights too! LOL! My family growing up always had big dogs too...Golden Retreivers. They were anywhere from 65 - 90 pounds. Reeses is much easier to take care of since she is so much smaller. Maybe you can pet sit for some friends and get your dog fix that way?

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      GaelicQueen,

      I am SO sorry about Duchess' poor health. When we had only had Reeses a few months, she ate some mushrooms from the garbage and started having seizures. It was on a Saturday and she had to make an emergency visit to them vet. $600 and one night later, she was fine, but we were broke!

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Reeses is a gorgeous looking dog, Karen, and this is a lovely tale. I hope you get visiting rights when your daughter moves out and takes the dog! I'd love to have a dog, but sadly I don't live somewhere that's really dog-friendly (I like *big* dogs!). Ah, well, until I can, I'll have to admire other people's :)

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      GaelicQueen 5 years ago

      She is 12 going on 13 years. Looks a lot like your daughter's dog, but is pushing 30 lbs in her old age, fur on head gone white, vet has her on special diet to cleanse g.i. & liver issues. In May Duchess decided to sample taste my new Lantana plant; I didn't know when I bought it that it would be toxic to her. Long story short - I think she's dying; she has no energy, struggles to get to her feet, looks at me as though she has brain fog. She goes back to the vet in a couple of weeks for another blood test to see if any improvement in liver function.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      I hope you love your giant Chihuahua as much as I love mine! That's pretty neat that yours is still alive...she must be pretty old now?

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      GaelicQueen 5 years ago

      Our current dog came to us in similar fashion. At 15 my son wanted a small dog. We searched several venues eventually finding our "giant chihuahua" at the local county dog pound. 12 years later my son has grown up, moved away and married - I still have my dear giant chihuahua.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading and commenting DrMark1961.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Arline,

      Some people are dog people and some people are cat people I have found. I am definitely a dog person, although cats are ok, and I agree, easier to take care of.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Gypsy Rose Lee. Tell your cat that Reeses says, "Woof"! I am starting to travel with my husband...quite a bit due to his work schedule so now won't work for us to adopt our own dog. Maybe someday. Thanks for the vote!

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Nice story. Thanks for an enjoyable hub. Voted up.

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      Arline 5 years ago

      Sounds like you hit the doggie jackpot with Reeses! We used to have a dog, I grew up with dogs, but now it is easier to have cats. I enjoy my relative's & friend's dogs and an occasional pet sitting job.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was a wonderful and touching story. Voted up and awesome. We are a animal loving family. My husband and I have an adopted cat Sid and his daughter has an adopted dog just mutt but so very lovable called Marco Amor. lol Anyway Reeses is adorable and I'm sure that even if you part ways Reeses will be glad to see you at any time. Have you thought about adopting a dog yourself? My cat Sid sends a loud welcoming meow to Reeses. Passing this on.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      josh3418,

      The title came to me as I was writing another hub. I feel bad because I love this dog so much but she really belongs to my daughter. I am sure I can pet sit her now and then once they move but I will miss her. Thanks for reading.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Kristen,

      They said she was part terrier, but she looks also like a big overgrown Chihuahua to me, so I am thinking definitely a cross. I'm glad, and surprised she grew on me as well. She's such a sweetie. It says a lot for adopting from the humane Society. I think animals from there are very grateful that their adopted family got them out of there!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      The title of your hub definitely caught my attention and I am glad it did! I love dogs, our family owns four of them! This dog looks so precious, and the story, awesome! Great job Karen! Voted up, awesome, and beautiful, and of course sharing! :)

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      Kristen Haynie 5 years ago from Modesto, CA

      Aww she is such a pretty dog! Do you know what breed she is? I can't really place her from the pictures.

      I'm so glad to hear this story! So glad she grew on you.