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Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, I hated little dogs. Those little ankle biter, foo foo dogs, with their little yappy barks and neurotic owners. I thought they weren’t even real dogs, more like cats that looked like dogs.

So, after having BIG dogs my whole life, it is strange that I am now the proud owner of a Yorkshire Terrier. My Yorkie, Buster, weighs in a 4.85 lbs. The thing is that my last big dog was absolutely perfect, and then she got sick. I watched her suffer for a while and then I had her put down. I swore I would never let another dog compete with the memory of her. I thought I would never be able to love a dog again.

Two years after I put Zoe down, my youngest daughter started asking for a puppy. I bought her a Yorkie, thinking it wouldn’t ever be able to compete with Zoe. I was wrong, Buster adopted me. He will never be as perfect as my Zoe was, but he has found room in my heart. I didn’t anticipate how different having a small dog would really be. Yes, at first I tried taking him everywhere. He has a carrier (more like a purse) for me to travel with him. Yes, I carry him around when I should probably put him down. This animal changed me. Once he picked me as his new territory, he started making other changes in the house.

My Buster is the smallest bully I have ever seen.

I had no idea having a little dog meant living with a bully. This dog is small and in charge. He is too loud (and cute) to ignore.

Since  I love lists, Here is a rundown of Buster’s rules for the house:

  • No running
  • No yelling
  • No kissing
  • No hitting
  • Pick me up when I yipe
  • No eating without me
  • Walk me every two hours
  • Bedtime is midnight, take me early and yipes will ensue
  • No touching of the mother unit
  • Unless there is baby around, then no touching the baby
  • Loud noises mean I must bark
  • If someone comes to the door I must go around to every room barking
  • If kids are in the pool I go in, too
  • Shoes on in the house means you’re taking me out

This is his house, we just live here.

Lately, we have been talking about getting Buster a brother, once we move and have more room. I will definitely be getting another bird as well, I miss my bird so much.

Tell me about your pets, or why you don’t have any? Ever met a bully dog?

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