One of the things that I love about Tanner (and there are many), is that he absolutely loves to cuddle with me constantly. We are two peas in a pod and love to spend time together. David is very jealous of our relationship and when David calls Tanner he comes running to me and hides from him. It's funny when I think back and how much I disliked dogs before - now I've turned a corner and I'm at the opposite extreme now. I was at a baby shower about 4 1/2 years ago and the person hosting the party had just gotten a Yorkie Poo the day before and it was about two pounds and fit into the palm of my hand. I feel in love with that dog and became obsessed with researching dogs that are better for people like me with dog allergies. I am highly allergic to dogs but after months and months of research we went to Sycamore to "just look" at the puppies. You guessed it, we came home with Tanner who is a Yorkie Maltese mix. David picked him out because he was cuddling with him and he also named Tanner because he had to have a name for his first vet visit the next day. Luckily I love the name so it all worked out in the end. However on the ride home Tanner threw up all over my lap and this was only the beginning of our journey as pet owners.
I should caution you though, I wasn't always head over heels with Tanner. By day two of having him, I wanted to return him even though they had a no return policy. I cried a lot because I was clueless of what to do with him and he wasn't eating or drinking water which was really worrying me. At one point we had to force-feed him which was no fun. He didn't sleep at all and kept us up all night long. I needed a break from being a new mommy to this puppy and we went out to eat for dinner and I was so upset to my stomach that I barely ate a bite of food.
The next day was Father's day so I ended up leaving Tanner with David for the day while I went to my aunt and uncle's house for our Father's Day dinner. It was a great break but the sleepless nights continued for sometime until I returned from a business trip to find Tanner sleeping in our bed! I was really upset by this because David caved so quickly but now I wouldn't have it any other way. He is a cuddler and keeps me warm on those bitter cold nights.
Tanner is a big part of our lives and we love him more than we ever thought that we could. He is a great dog and I only wish that every family could experience the love of having a dog in their family too.