Stepping Out with Puppy Stan

My life has been punctuated by four incredibly special dogs and the days I got each of them are definitely among the very happiest days of my life.

I know this may sound a bit extreme, but they rank way ahead of my wedding day or the day our son was born. Both those days were fraught in their own ways, whereas the doggy days were relaxed and somehow pure joy.

Today marks the first anniversary of meeting Puppy Stan ~ feeling him clinging onto me and gazing into my eyes when I picked him up in that dark yard in the depths of Co. Wexford.

He’s found his niche in our world now and is lying on ‘his’ chair in the kitchen basking in the sun, as I write this.  Goodness only knows what he’s dreaming about! Perhaps summer days on the beach?


I think he knows that it’s a special day. He was full of his fun before the sun even rose and the pair of us were out ‘skating’ on the frosty paths long before the rest of the world had woken.

Now to the woods to run free …..

Stan the Man
Stan the Man





Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

23 thoughts on “Stepping Out with Puppy Stan”

  1. Other than when they go through their “teething” stage and want to chew everything, they do bring joy, don’t they?

  2. There have been three very special dogs in my life..first was “Ralph ” (part Doberman and German Shepard) our son bought him with his BD cash when he was six years old..he lived up until our Son was in his late teens. Then came “WallY’ ( our grand-dog), the white Westie. Alas was “Buster” ( another grand -dog ) a black Labrador Retriever. Each of these beloved pets made a special spot in my heart. When they passed on a part of me went with them. I have great memories of each..I know how you feel and how you relate to him..

  3. Oh Stan is so handsome! I grew up with two black English cocker Spaniels that looked just like Stan so it’s such a pleasure to see photos of him. I now have an adorable Border Terrier, Baffi. I agree with you, the time spent together is often so carefree. When I go to meditation class and we’re asked to choose a relaxing image to focus on, guess who comes to mind? 🙂

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