We got Tobias James the summer before I left for college. Tobi was meant to be my replacement.
One night at the dinner table, my young brother goes: So, Kaitie is going to college…
Brother: We should get a dog.
Me: What? So it can replace me when I leave.
Brother: Exactly. A dog is a better replacement than what I had in mind a originally.
Mom: And that was?
Brother: A squirrel.
So the following week, while my brother was in driver’s ed class, Mom and I went to the animal shelter. We were in luck, a mama pup had a huge litter ready for adoption. I went out back to the puppy pen, climbed in, and was swarmed by 15 adorable puppies. I remember standing as still and as quietly as possible, knowing the puppies would be bored of me after a few minutes.
I was right.
A few minutes later, all the the puppies ran away. All but one.