Tell Me Your Pet Story – I’d Love to Hear It

Chelsea's New Bed

Chelsea’s New Bed

Chelsea, our Bichon Frise, is twelve years old. While she acts like a puppy, we see her suffering the effects of aging. The cold bothers her more now than in her younger years. Winter weather, although mild in Arizona, chills her bones and makes her ache. We try to make her life easier. She is our pet. She loves us unconditionally. She misses us when we’re away, and she welcomes us back eagerly.

This small, snow-white animal talks a language of her own. I have never been exposed to another Bichon Frise, so I’m not certain that her charming, verbose personality is a trait of her breed. Perhaps there is only one dog like Chelsea on Planet Earth. She tells us what she wants noisily. If we don’t understand, she continues to demand until satisfied or sharply told to shut up. When we tell her to shut up, she tells us to shut up. Then she pouts. When she pouts, her black eyes fill with tears and seem to grow larger as she stares patiently at us, waiting for our hearts to melt. How can we not give her what she wants? Still, sometimes we must be firm.

Chelsea likes to eat, and she wants a part of whatever we are eating. Until every bite is gone, she keeps telling us she’s hungry. We share. After a meal, Chelsea needs love. She wants to sit next to us on the couch. While Steve scratches her head and strokes her back, she licks the couch until it’s wet, so we place a towel underneath her to keep the couch dry.

Chelsea has her secure place in this little family. Sometimes I have to wonder: Are we pet owners, or are we owned by our pet? I am new to Chelsea, and I am enjoying her more and more as time goes by.

Do you have something to say about your pet? I’d love to hear it.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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6 Responses to Tell Me Your Pet Story – I’d Love to Hear It

  1. Bonnie says:

    Oh, Carol Ann – this made my heart melt! What a precious little soul. Our pets are most definitely our family members, and it’s difficult not to succumb to their little antics – each of them unique in their own way. Thanks for letting us meet your little bundle of love!


    • Hi Bonnie. I enjoy hearing about your dog on your blog from time to time. I grew up with big dogs. I am enjoying this little dog now. Yes, they all have their own personalities and mannerisms. Chelsea is a little dog with big dog mentality. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Blessings to you and your family, including your pooch…


  2. jannatwrites says:

    I enjoyed reading about your new bond with Chelsea! When pets live inside our homes, it’s hard not to fall under their spell and enjoy their quirks and mannerisms. (Yes, I even enjoy our feisty cat that chews on holiday bows and won’t leave the Christmas tree alone 🙂 ) I have my older son’s cat snoozing by my computer making sure I manage okay.


    • Thank you for your comment and for telling about your cats. If you remember my posts of two years ago, Shady, my cat, was the star of several of them. He was a Maine Coon Kitty. He developed poly-cystic kidney disease, something that plagues his breed and many male cats in general. I don’t have Shady anymore. He was a great pet. Yes, we love our pets, and I have bonded with Chelsea. If I stay in bed too long in the morning, she stands beside the bed and barks until I get up. How charming. Really. She makes me laugh.


  3. pattisj says:

    I was once told, “A dog is the only love money can buy.” How can we not love them when they think so highly of us?


    • That is precious! “A dog is the only love money can buy.” I like it. A bundle of love purchased. Yes, one can hardly not love a dog. They give us unconditional love all the time. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Blessings to you, Patti…


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