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My daughter, “The Amazing Angela,”
recently joined the ranks of the “double-digit” age group – i.e., on
As stated in my 2004 submission regarding her illustrious and inimitable character, Angela is a unique little young lady – especially by her Dad’s admission.
Here’s an example of what I’m stating: Angela made a special request for what she wanted as a gift for her 10th birthday, literally as the sun set on her 9th birthday.
She wanted a puppy when she crossed the border of single digits to double digits.
Dad (yours truly and indubitably) accepted her request and promised to get her a puppy by the celebratory occasion concerned for the following year.
Being the dog aficionado
that I am and knowing that the best type of puppy/dog a young child could have
Now, remember; I told you Angela was amazing. She agreed wholeheartedly with my reasoning and put her stamp of approval on the decision by saying, “As long as it’s a dog.” (That’s right – my daughter said that!”)
At that, I began saving diligently toward this future and expected gift.
About ninety days prior to
September, I had close to 500 smackers saved up.
Imagine my surprise when a mere (yet critical) two weeks before Angela’s birthday, puppy Labs were now being advertised for sale from $900.00 to $1300.00! Who was distributing them? Was it OPEC?
I now had to turn my sights
Well, to make a lengthy story somewhat briefer, Angela accompanied me to the site and selected the puppy of her choice. She chose a little fellow who was a mixture of Labrador, Border Collie, and Australian Shepherd, and between you and me, he looked like all three – curly tail, big feet, pointed ears and black, brown, and white, all over.
“Zack,” affectionately abbreviated in honor of the Biblical Old Testament prophet named Zechariah, is now the “Newcomer” in Schneidmill home. He’s a little unusual from the dogs I’ve had previous experience with (he tries to eat pinecones and leaves and similar vegetation), but Angela loves him and the rest of my familial crew is getting attached to him.
There’ll be more to relate about “Zack” as he grows, we grow to know him, and both reflect life’s examples and teachings.
Paul Schneidmill © Copyright 2005