My son, Josh has been wanting a dog for over a year now. It was the only thing on his Christmas list and we just couldn't do it. Emotionally we were still grieving our husky a bit and life with D was too new. As the mom, I am realistic as to whom will be taking care of said dog.
We got our husky when Megan was just a baby and Jason then left a few months later to attend school in Seattle during the week and was only home on weekends. I was stretched in so many ways! Many people wonder why I am as patient as I am, well lets just say between the husky and the baby my patient muscle was worked so hard that I almost lost my sanity. It was not pretty and so I have been extremely reluctant to get a puppy when I have a toddler to potty train etc.
As the year has progressed we have seen so much more responsibility in Josh that we think he can handle being responsible to take on the primary care for an animal. We also decided sometime in February that we wanted to proceed with getting a diabetes alert dog. There is a lot of time and energy that will go in to just obtaining this type of dog with the special training it will need. It is also a costly endeavor and we will need to do a lot of fund raising etc.
We didn't want Josh to feel like his desires came second to his sister, or that we were ok with getting a dog for her but not him. I never want my kids to feel like D is more important than they are. Yes diabetes has come in to our lives and some days rocks our world but we are all about living life to the fullest D or no D and that means that each and every family member feels respected and loved unconditionally.
Josh was hoping and praying that for his birthday he would get a dog. We decided that if he wanted to spend his birthday money on a dog that he could do that. Yesterday he went and picked out his dog from a litter of Australian shepherd-Collie mix that are almost weaned. He just decided to call her KIMBA (not sure of the spelling yet) and she gets to come live with us sometime this weekend. I am sure if you are a faithful reader of my blog you will get to read about the antics that this new little darling will bring in to our lives. Isn't she cute?? I am excited to meet her!