It’s said that a writer needs to write from the heart, and about things that he or she knows. Therefore, I am going to resist the urge to write about something that’s been in the news a lot (sexual harassment), but which I know next to nothing about, and write instead about something I DO know – PETS.

And more specifically, getting a NEW pet. We lost Baxter, our Maltese, on May 13 at age 13, but now that number has come full circle with us adopting a part Dachshund, part Chihuahua on December 13 (which doubles as my wife’s b-day BTW.)  … (God is indeed good.)

What can I say? We haven’t even had her for a week yet, but Pepper Ann is already weaving her way into our hearts. (See photo below.) Every dog is different, so we have to try to resist the urge to compare her to Baxter. We found out early on that she likes to play hide-and-seek (mostly with a bone), and rip paper to shreds, sometimes even when her bone is nearby. A little frustrating, to say the least.

I think the older we get, the more we realize that the best presents are NOT found wrapped in a box with a bow, and placed under a tree. No, the best presents are things like good health, kids, loved ones, etc.

And might I add a new dog to the mix? After the heartache and emptiness we experienced earlier this year after we lost our Maltese, it seems to me that Pepper Ann is an extremely special Christmas present.  In fact, I don’t think I can come up with one as good – not even my treasured Hot Wheels cars I had as a kid.

I hope you all have a safe, happy and merry Christmas.