My Best Mistake

It was December 2006, and I was about to make the best mistake of my life.

Growing up, I was a good kid.  Sure, during those nasty teenage years, my parents and I had our moments of hatred but, for the most part, we got along pretty well.  I did what my parents told me to do.

During a rough time in college when I hated where I lived and was utterly depressed about it, my parents made the executive decision to get me my own place.  I was in heaven.  However, there was one rule.


I took this to mean the following:



I decided to peruse the Petfinder website one day and stumbled upon an adorable bundle of joy named Wren (likeness pictured below).

She was living in an animal shelter in Aiken, SC and labeled a Chihuahua/Lhasa Apso mix.  It was love at first sight.  I immediately contacted the shelter and was horrified to learn that my beloved was to be put down in just a few days.

What I should have said:  “That’s horrible but I really should think about this decision.  It’s a big commitment!”

What I actually said:  “I’ll be there tomorrow!”

The next day, I hopped in my car and drove the two hours to the shelter.  Wren was to be fixed that morning so they told me she’d be a little loopy at first.  I was so excited to meet the adorable little puppy.  The shelter employee told me to wait by the car and they would bring her out.  The next thing I knew, a beast of a man was bringing me a dog that was three times the size of the puppy I thought I was adopting (likeness pictured below).

I smiled nervously at the worker as he threw Wren into the front seat of my car.  I slithered into the driver’s seat and stared at the beast that was nothing like what I had pictured.  I had made a big mistake.  For a millisecond, I thought about carrying her back inside.  My mind changed in an instant, however, when she opened her eyes, looked directly at me, and smiled.  I started the car and drove back to Charleston with my new best friend.

The days and weeks that followed were tough.  Wren was actually about a year old who had lived in the shelter for months.  Breaking her bad habits was the worst part. My parents eventually found out, of course, and saying they were pissed would be the understatement of the century.  They didn’t take it out on Wren, though, and she soon became a part of the family; my parents ‘Granddog’.

Wren will be eight years old this December.  I can’t believe it.  She’s still my best friend.  She’s still the best mistake I ever made.


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52 thoughts on “My Best Mistake

    1. Thanks! I keep meaning to submit my posts earlier but I’m always late to the party 🙂

      Random question I’ve been meaning to ask: Will I be notified when my subscription runs out? I definitely want to renew it!

      1. I’ll asl Stacie to check your subscription date, thanks! I am the hold up, of course, on the email renewal automation. Thanks for the reminder.

      2. Thanks! I definitely have a few months left but want to make sure I don’t forget about it!

    1. Hah! I’m such a rebel 🙂

      Wren is not even close to what they told me she was. I still don’t know what she is except a good ol’ fashioned mutt!

    1. Oh yeah! They loved her from the second they laid eyes on her (especially since our family dog was put down about a year beforehand). They were just uber pissed at me 🙂

  1. Oh lucky lucky lucky you for making that adorable little mistake. My father does the same thing whenever I bring up the topic of bringing a cat home. He thinks it’s either my loneliness or my insecurity talking. Just the nicest dedication of a post to Wren.:)

  2. Oh, she is adorable! That could have gone so wrong…so glad it turned out for the best! It looks like she’s as happy to have you as you are her.

  3. My baby is 4 years old now. We got Kirby from the pound and they told us he had already been pushed back from being put down because they were just hoping someone would come in and fall in love with him. I was that sucker! But he’s the best dog I’ve ever had hands down. He’s a pitbull/bassett hound or beagle mix!

  4. What an adorable dog. I’m actually surprised your parents allowed him to stay. I say this because I have a twenty year old daughter and can’t imagine how I would react….

  5. I’m glad this had a happy ending! I had to laugh at your comment that your parents being pissed was the understatement of the century. Oh, I’ve been there before 🙂

  6. What a sweetie! Pets are the best worst-ideas ever. 🙂 My current cat is a “oops” cat, and I’m SO GLAD the oops happened.
    (By oops, I mean my husband neglected to get his first cat [who was feral] fixed, and so she had kittens and lo and behold, we kept two of them. Oops).


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