Youngest Child!

This article, entitled "Youngest Child!," comes from Pat Persaud, MomsEveryday blogger from Omaha, NE.

Ten months ago, I became a new parent - for the third time! This time however, no labor pains were involved; no nine months to prepare.

My family and I adopted a new puppy that we aptly named Jazzy or Jazz for short! She's appropriately named because she's always jazzed up!. Full of boundless energy and playfulness! No doubt, she's lots of work and a full-time commitment!

Hard to believe she's been part of our lives for only 10 months. Seems she's been around forever!

She spends most of her time these days with me. And my children and husband complain that I've "spoiled her rotten! " She has her own room but since she's a small English Lab I allow her to roam the house as long as someone is around.

She stays in her room when we're out and again at nights, snuggling on every pink couch and soft princess pink bed (all thanks to my pink-loving daughter who got Jazz as a birthday gift.)

Even though she's technically my daughter's dog, she belongs to all of us, but mostly to me. I'm her mom!

I'm essentially responsible for her daily care and don't mind. She reminds me of the baby and toddler years of my two other kids! She gives me my mommy fix that I miss! (Go ahead. Call me crazy!). But do I spoil her? What do you think?

I feed her daily (her very pricey dog food) but do supplement her food now and again with table scraps (I know I shouldn't) and now-and-again treat her to deli ham slices with cheese - her favorite! Again, I know I shouldn't. And don't tell me I shouldn't because my listening ears don't work when it comes to her treats.

She's lots of fun and always underfoot but I love watching her puppy enthusiasm for things like plastic bottles, tennis balls, sticks and yes - even socks!

She's become well-known in our neighborhood because she sneaks out occasionally. She loves the outdoors and, in fact, is becoming quite the retriever for the bird hunters in my house!

She can't wait to head down to our cabin on the river with the boys! Always in need of a bath, I try my best to keep her smelling nice even though she's not too fond of bath time! I even have minty breath foam for her as needed! It's often!

When she sneaks out of our house, she's never gone too long. Some thoughtful and understanding neighbor or stranger will show up at our door with Jazz in tow, standing at our front door, tail whipping back and forth with love.

Fortunately, we live outside the city limits and she has plenty of room to roam!. I don't think my neighbors love that but again they always show up with her - smiling!

Is she spoiled? Absolutely NOT - just L-O-V-E-D! What do you think?

About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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