Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Call It Puppy Love

    A year ago one of my husband's co-workers was going on a trip and needed someone to watch her dog, a little black and white papillon named Pippin.  I had no interest in watching him for a few days.  It's not that I don't love dogs, because I do.  It had more to do with the fact that every dog I'd ever met that belonged to a small breed was, well....a complete jerk.  
    They barked, they snapped, they were overly aggressive and I'd never met one I liked.  This dog spent most of his days all alone as both owners worked full time and I feared he would be overwhelmed by the difference of life at our house.  With two giggly little girls who wanted to shower attention on something so cute, I felt almost certain one or both of them was going to get bit.  
   Somehow my family convinced me that it would be OK, so we agreed to watch him.  For the first day I felt like I was constantly on guard, watching the dog for signs of frustration or anger and constantly warning the girls to "give him some space."  By the end of the second day I had relaxed and begun to notice that Pippin not only tolerated all this attention, he relished it.  Anywhere the girls were that is where he wanted to be.  He loved all the petting and carrying and being included.  Anytime someone left the room he was right at their heels.  At the end of our three days with Pippin, the girls were heart-broken to see him go.  I was pretty sad too.  But, his people promised that now that they had someone they could trust to take care of him, they would take lots of trips and always let us watch him.  And they did.  
    Over the course of the year, before they moved away, we watched him about half a dozen times for up to a month at a go.  He was always wonderful, never lost his temper, and has convinced me that when we are able to get a dog of our own, Papillon is the way to go.  So, in honor of that sweet boy, today's outfit is for the dogs, my Paws & Poise Dress from ModCloth.  I bought it about two years ago and still find new colors to wear with it and it always looks lovely.
 Shop the Look:
Paws & Poise Dress from ModCloth
Nine West Heels are old
Ann Taylor Loft Cardi from ThredUp   
Use this link to save $20 off your first purchase http://www.thredup.com/r/WKVOY5

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