Six years ago today (June 28, 2006), my furry baby was born in Osceola, Iowa.
Seven weeks later, I was taking him home with me to my apartment in Ottumwa. That’s where I was working at my first reporting job for KTVO TV 3.
My how time flies! I can’t believe it’s already been six years. I always joke he’s the longest boy to ever stay by my side, but it’s true.
There are moments in life that help shape the people we’re meant to become, and adopting Cubbie was a very defining moment in my life.
I still remember picking him up for the first time, and I just knew he was the dog for me. To be perfectly honest, many of my friends didn’t think he was a cute puppy. He had huge ears that were way too big for his head, and he had trouble walking on his back legs. But to me, he was perfect. Eventually he grew into his big ears, and he quickly went from walking tentatively to running all over the place. I can’t imagine my life without him.
Cubbie has helped me become a more loving person and a more patient person. Goodness knows those first nights when he whined constantly weren’t easy. Neither was potty training nor when he chewed on my t.v. remote.
But it was my bond with Cubbie that got me to see more in myself. A side that drove me to help as many animals as possible. Wondering what could have happened to Cubbie if I hadn’t adopted him, made me want to make sure many more dogs and cats and other animals found a good, loving home. It’s not only good for the pets, it’s good for the people as well.
He’s the reason I added a pet segment to the weekend morning news. He’s the reason I organize “Cubbie Tails” fundraisers for the humane society. And, of course, he’s the reason I was given this blog by KWWL.
Cubbie is the reason I know I can’t do everything, but I can do something.
My little Cubbie isn’t so little anymore, but he’ll always be the little puppy who changed my life.
Happy Birthday, Cubbie! I’m a better person because of you.
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This post was written by dwagner on June 28, 2012