Everyone warned me that it would happen, but I didn't listen and I am glad I didn't!
You see, for years my daughter begged me for a dog. And I mean begged. Every chance she got even to the point of embarrassing me in front of other moms!!
But, with my work schedule and my husband's work schedule, I just thought it was not a good idea while living in New York City. We were hardly home and our house was small.
Then, about eight years ago, we made a big move to Dallas for my work. I wanted the girls to embrace the idea of moving, so I promised we would get a dog.
Not a good idea.
The house we wound up buying was huge, but it had a lot of white carpet and I thought, well, this is not going to work with a dog. So I procrastinated and we never got a dog.
Yes, I felt bad about it. My mom even told me you never make a promise and then back out of it. But part of me felt that my daughter was not ready for a dog and truthfully, neither was I.
So when we moved to North Carolina last year, my daughter reminded me of my broken promise. This time, I knew I would not be able to back out. She was older and much more persistent.
So last year, we got a dog!
Her name is Sophie. She is a Coton de Tulear. We have all fallen madly in love with her. She has done something for me I never thought possible: She has helped me with my lifetime fear of dogs!
Even though it took years for me to fulfill my promise, I do believe we got Sophie at the right time.
As for that warning: My friends told me, once you get a dog it will be yours, your kids will love the dog but, ultimately, you will do all the work.
It's true. And, you know what? I'm OK with that!
Jackie is the mom of a tween and a teen. She is an anchor for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Go Ask Mom monthly. Click here to follow her on Facebook.