Short Stories
Before I Was A Dog Mom
by Carol Wat

     Before I was a Dog Mom: I made and ate hot meals unmolested. I had unstained, unfurred clothes. I had quiet conversations on the phone, even if the doorbell rang. Before I was a Dog Mom: I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got to bed or if I could get into my bed. Before I was a Dog Mom: I cleaned my house every day. I never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies Or invited the neighbor's dog over to play.  Before I was a Dog Mom: I didn't worry if my plants, cleansers, plastic  bags, toilet paper, soap or deodorant were poisonous or dangerous. Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never been peed on pooped on drooled on chewed on or pinched by puppy teeth. Before I was a Dog Mom: I had complete control of my thoughts, my body and mind. I slept all night without sharing the covers or pillow. Before I was a Dog Mom: I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop a hurt.  I never knew something so furry and four-legged could affect my heart so deeply. Before I was a Dog Mom:  I had never held a sleeping puppy just because I couldn't put it down.  I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was well. I didn't know how warm it feels inside to feed a hungry puppy. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important. Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never known the warmth,  the joy,  the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being A Dog Mom.


     My 17th month old female toy called Daisy is an absolute joy to own and the best friend one could ever have! When we got her she had been living with my son and his wife for three months, they had kept her in a cage and rarely if ever walked her. They wondered why she was not house broken. It took just days and Daisy was completely house broken, we never kept her in a cage and nor did we have to tie her up, keep her outdoors or scold her, we walk her in the morning and at night, we shower her with love and praise.

     This is the first rat terrier we have ever owned and are amazed and thrilled at the level of intelligence they poses. In one day we can teach her a new trick and she absolutely turns herself inside out with her desire to please.

     Treat your dog with love and respect and they will pay you back tenfold!


So glad I found you!

     My name is Jessica Falzone. My dogs name is Mo-Mo. Not until today did I find out about rat terriers.  I am embaressed to say the least.  I own a pet grooming salon and thought I knew all the breeds iI could.
In any case, I must tell you, my mo-mo is the dog of the century.  EVERYONE loves him and wants
 to take him home.  He was the second addition to my home.  Brought in to give my golden company.  Not only are they the best of friends, but they are like family with one another.  He lays on top of her when they rest, showing a constant need to be touched.  It's really quite extrodinary.  People come in my salon and laugh and giggle when they see him laying on her, they can't get over it.  I didn't think I could possibly love another dog more than my golden "Hunter".  I am a golden girl at heart, but my god has this dog run away
with my heart.  I know that I am rambling but I am so excited that he is a breed!  I got him 2 years ago at the Quincy animal shelter.  I was volunteering at this time.  When he came in, everyone fell in love.  I snatched him up and waited nervously for ten days for an owner to claim him.  Thankfully he is mine now.  He and "Hunter" come to work with me at the salon everyday and he is rarely left alone. So why do I write?  I'm so excited that's why!  I would like to learn more about rats! Thank you for listening.....
Jessica Falzone