Nhi has always wanted a family dog, but we never got her one because of her severe animal allergies.
She would break out in hives and blisters within minutes of contact with a dog or cat, and we’d always thought that she would be doomed to a life of owning pet fish.
Following my surgery last year, I spent a lot of time lying in bed when the nausea or pain got bad, and so I started spending that time researching on my phone… and sure enough, while there is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, poodles come pretty darn close.
A few weeks later, in July of 2017, this little fella came into our lives. Nhi named him Kenshin (after one of her favorite Japanese samurai comic book characters).
What surprised me the most, however, is how attuned Kenshin is to the different people he interacts with.
With the children, he is super hyper, bouncing off the walls like he’s on pure adrenaline… with Mai, he follows her around like a child following their momma… but with me, he’s always gentle and slow, and sometimes even licks the area of my shirt covering the scar from my surgical incision. I have no idea how he knows.
At times, I have to wonder who’s actually more in tune with their surroundings… the person? or the dog? Maybe we can stand to learn a thing or two from our four legged companions after all.
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