About a month before my parents got divorced our family got a puppy. We adored him and he quickly became part of the family. We still recall many stories about him running into doors and forgetting which leg to put up when he was marking his territory. He had a sweet little personality and always knew when something was wrong. He was able to provide comfort during that particularly difficult time during the divorce and many times thereafter. We have many fond memories of him and miss him a lot.
At first he went with us during visitation, but before long he just stayed home with my mom so he wasn’t in a kennel all weekend. He was able to keep her company during the time we were away. He loved her and could always sense the moment she got home. It was comforting for her to have someone else there while her children were gone.
Now that I am divorced I have often been tempted to get my own little friend to keep me company. Logan and I got a frog a few months ago, but it’s not quite the same. He mostly just swims around and hides if you get too close. We love him, but it would be nice to have some company while Logan is away. It would teach Logan some extra responsibility, but it would also be a lot of work for Mommy and with my current school schedule, probably isn’t the most realistic option as of right now, but that doesn’t keep me from being tempted from time to time.
Having a pet can help ease some of the pain of your children being gone every other weekend. Logan and I spend so much time together, that when he is gone I often am not quite sure what to do with myself. While I do get an insane amount of cleaning done while he is away, it would be nice to have something else to keep my mind off of his absence.