Good Dog, Happy Boy

Story and Photos by Desiré Aguirre

When my son Nik was around ten years old, he began begging me to let him have a dog. His media campaign included a list of the advantages of having a dog, and how he would be responsible for all the dog’s needs. I hemmed, I hawed, and finally, I caved in.

Nik saved his allowance, and when he had enough money to adopt a dog, I took him to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. I hoped for an older dog, a pet that was mature and less likely to destroy the new carpet. Nik had other ideas, and when he saw the mixed-up-Lab puppies, he fell in love with the biggest one.

We took the puppy home with us after Nik signed a contract and received instructions on how to care for his new pet. The puppy came with a ten-day warranty, and I remember every day, that puppy would get into some kind of mischief and Nik would declare, “I’m taking him back.” But the puppy, now named Chollo, had other ideas, and would always win his way back into Nik’s heart.

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Desiré Aguirre

About Desiré Aguirre

Desiré Aguirre lives in Sagle with an assortment of furry animals. Her favorite sport is riding her horse into the hills above her house. She is the editor of the Bereaved Parents of the USA’s Coeur d’Alene newsletter, and writes a health tips column for the Sandpoint Senior Center. She plays in the old- time string band, Ruff Shodd, and has a blog, “The Worst Day Club,” for bereaved parents at

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