“There are two things to come to mind. One is a specific moment and one is more place and time. So the one moment, and oh, I might cry, from the time I was a little kid I always loved animals, and I had a poster of a really wrinkly puppy. It was a really positive thing in my life and I knew I always wanted one of those dogs. It was something happy in my life.
I learned that it was a shar pei, and so I did a lot of research on what Chinese shar peis were, and I couldn’t find any young dogs. I had read a lot about the dogs, and sometimes when they are old from rescue, they can have a lot of issues, so long story short, I flew out to Boston two years ago and I got a shar pei. I got a puppy and he’s my baby.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but it was one of the happiest moments of my life. When I looked at him and he’s my little velvet wrinkle ball, I sobbed. My husband was there to capture pictures, so some people that know me think that I am the craziest dog owner ever, but I don’t know in my life if I’ll ever have children, so this is mine!
The other one I say isn’t a moment in time, but it’s my life, which is awesome. It’s awesome to look at it and say that I am moving more and more into the happiest time in my life. It feels awesome. I feel like my whole life that everyone has struggles, and I was constantly having to overcome, overcome, overcome, challenges, challenges, challenges, cover things up, overcome, and now I am finally creating the life that I want. So I finally feel like I’m not overcoming and I am emerging, and it’s really good to see that transformation in myself.
I feel like crying. Aww..” And she smiles.
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