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Wylie, the dog

Wylie and Puppy.

WYLIE

This is my dog, Wylie, an 8 month old yellow lab puppy, the one I swore I’d never get. Not this particular one. It’s just that our family had accrued a lot of dogs over the years, five to be exact, and I didn’t want anymore.

Shadow was sixteen when he passed away two years ago, with the help of the vet,  in the grass in our front yard with his head in my lap. A  sweet chow retriever mix that looked more like a big brown bear sometimes than a dog. Part Jack Russell, part rat terrier, Milo almost made it to thirteen and was the smartest dog we’ve ever had. And Fuzzy who I swore would out live us humans, slipped away in the early spring of this year. ( Of course we still have Molly, an eight-year-old black Lab who lives to eat and Toby, a 4-year-old Jack Russell terror–not a typo.)

After nursing Shadow and Milo, whenever I looked at sweet Fuzzy, who only had one good eye, and limped around on bad knees, I thought, “Who needs another round of this in their lives?” Consequently, I became  immune to the charms of puppies. I could have walked through a football field full of them nipping at my heels and not taken a single one home.

But just before Christmas, something changed in me. I’m not sure if I was just ready for a new puppy or if I wanted a distraction from Fuzzy’s impending death, but  the minute the lady put Wylie in my arms, that was it.

Down south, or for all I know universally, when someone really loves something, they’ll say, “I wouldn’t take anything for it.” Despite, the shoes and the underwear and the furniture and long list of things Wylie has chewed up since he became part of our family, I wouldn’t take anything for him.

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About Kim Boykin

Kim Boykin learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. She loves to write stories about strong Southern women, because that’s what she knows. Kim is an accomplished public speaker and serves on the board of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes.
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Comments

  1. Ah, I love you! I love your “About” description. Glad you posted this 🙂

  2. Kaley Boykin says:

    Love you and LOVE our wylie banana and the rest of the gang 🙂 can’t wait to see you soon

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