I’m glad February is over, it’s my least favorite month. The cold weather isn’t the only reason for my dislike of February.

Several years ago during February – our family dog passed away.

We had adopted Lady from an Alaskan Malamute rescue chapter. She was 16 months old and weighed 60 pound when we brought her home. Over the years she grew to 85 pounds – a normal weight for the breed.

Since my wife and I never had dogs while growing up, Lady became our one and only.

Our daughter was 3 years old when Lady joined the family. They took to each other immediately. Lady became a member of our family and would live with us for the next 12 years.

Sure it was hard to say goodbye, but we have pictures and many fond memories to help ease the pain.

If you need a friend that will love you unconditionally – a dog may be the answer. You may be tempted to get a puppy and they are cute. But puppies need to be housebroken and of course – they don’t remain cute little puppies for long.

A local shelter may have the perfect dog for you. It will have had its shots and been neutered/spayed. If you want a specific breed, there’s probably a rescue chapter that can help.

Dogs are like kids that never grow up and like kids, they need loving care. They’ll be living with you for many years. Be there for them and they’ll be there for you.