I have a confession. I love my dogs, and I don't just love them, I LOOOOOVE my dogs. Ask anyone who barely knows me and they'll tell you, I LOOOOOVE my dogs. I know that other people out there LOOOOOVE their dogs as well. I love how they wiggle with excitement when I come through the door, even if I've only been gone 5 minutes. I love how they make me smile and laugh, and have comforted me through hard times in my life.
My husband and I got married on a Saturday and moved to Oklahoma City the following Thursday. We were newlyweds in a new house, in a new state, and new city. It only took us about a month to decide we wanted a puppy. I grew up with a boxer, and I always knew that my first dog would be a boxer. My husband was hesitant, but I was very persuasive. I began my search for a female boxer puppy. I found an add in the local newspaper that had a website listed. The moment I saw her, I knew she was our puppy. We brought Heidi Hagen Hill home on September 11, 2009. Little Heidi was the runt of her litter and only weighted 6 pounds when we brought her home. She was a teeney thing, but for a teeney thing, she was a feisty little girl. It wasn't long before we decided she needed a playmate. My search began again for a male boxer puppy. I found a local boxer rescue group in Oklahoma City and made contact with an amazing lady who helped us find the perfect dog. Daily, I would check their website to see if they had any new puppies, and finally in December, I saw an adorable male boxer puppy named "Orson". It was another instantaneous moment of knowing he was ours. I filled out the adoption application and called the rescue. My hopes were quickly crushed when I was told that he had already been adopted by another family. I was sad. Somehow though a Christmas miracle was preformed and "Orson" became ours. I'll never be able to thank Marilyn enough for all she did to get us our Haden Hans Hill. Yes, both of our dogs middle names, and all H names, AND German names. Boxers originated in Germany and we wanted to stick to their roots with both of their names. On New Years Eve day 2009 we brought home Mr Haden. He was the goofiest looking puppy! He had baggy sad eyes and long legs. My mom has always called him "Cowboy" because his legs are so long and he came from Oklahoma.
Fast forward 6 years. Their faces are turning grey, they sleep alot, and I can tell the boxer puppy-ness is waning. I love them more today than when they were puppies. They have provided more laughs than I could even begin to tell you about. They have loved us unconditionally for 6 years. They have become great playmates for our two year old son. When we go away from them, I feel like a piece of my family is missing. They are more than just dogs, they are my babies. They were my first babies. I know they won't live forever, and I soak up their wonderful doggie-ness on a daily basis. Hug your dogs today!
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”
—Gilda Radner (comedienne)
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
—Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw; humorist and lecturer)