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The Shawnee News-Star
  • I can only imagine

  • Earlier this week I had to take my dog (Stark) into the vet to get neutered. I didn’t want him to have part in making more puppies, because I know I’ll want to keep one and I don’t have the time to take care of another dog.
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  • Earlier this week I had to take my dog (Stark) into the vet to get neutered. I didn’t want him to have part in making more puppies, because I know I’ll want to keep one and I don’t have the time to take care of another dog.
    I don’t have kids of my own, so Stark is my fury child. The entire day my nerves were bad. All I could do was worry about him, thinking the worst of course.
    I didn’t get any bad phone calls. Everything turned out great! There were no complications. He’s running around like nothing happened. Every now and then I will have to give him his pain medicine. I’m having no trouble getting him to take his pills (which is rare for most dogs.)
    This experience started to get me thinking though… I’m raising an animal, what am I going to be like when I have kids of my own?
    Well, I imagine my nerves will be 100 times worse. If I am anything like my mother or grandmother, it’s going to be a long, torturous ride for my children.
    My mom drove me crazy, and still does sometimes, with the worrying. Constantly checking up on me. Wanting to know what I’m doing and where I’m doing it.
    I know she does this because she cares. I just hope I won’t drive my children as crazy as my mom drives me. From what I have been told, I will.
    It’s a “mother’s instinct.”
    I do not plan on having kids any time soon, and I know kids can be entertaining, fun, lovable, and can even make your heart burst with joy.
    I’m definitely not in a place where I would have the patience to raise a human being, but someday, it’s in my dreams to have a couple of kids, and even possibly adopt.
    So for now I will continue to be a mother to my dog, and when I have developed the patience I need to raise a human being, I’ll start having children of my own.
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    Brooke Jones is a graphic artist for The Shawnee News-Star.

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