My Children wanted a dog.
I had grown up with dogs and I think they are essential to a family.
We had a list of criteria and when we typed them into a computer the only dog that came up was Maltese.
“We were living in London and there was a kennel club nearby. There were only 3 breeders who were vetted on their list and only 1 of those had puppies, and she had a waiting list. The breeder asked everyone on the list to write a short essay on why we wanted a puppy and what would make each of us good dog owners.
We wrote that the children were old enough to appreciate a dog, I grew up with dogs and a dog would complete our family.
The final step to our process was visiting the breeder in Hertfordshire (a little over an hour outside of London).
When I met Malteser (named after a delicious malted milk ball candy), I almost started to cry. She was so beautiful and I felt like I didn’t know if I was worthy of her.
We were lucky enough to be selected and get Malteser.
I bonded with her right away. My son (thirteen at the time), still teases me because he left for a swimming lesson so her first hours were spent with my daughter (6 at the time), and me.
She was a little fluff ball. I laid down on the floor beside her and told her, I promise I am going to do everything I can to make you happy.”