I finally gave in. After much thought and deliberation, I decided to surprise Ellie with a puppy for her birthday. She had wanted one for several months, and I knew no gift would make her happier. I had never had a pet before, so I did not know what to expect. Luckily, Pudge is the best dog I could have asked for. He makes Ellie incredibly happy, and he always brightens my day. He loves to make friends with other dogs, and he is totally fearless. Some of his new best buds are 50 pounds heavier than he is. While I was apprehensive at first, I cannot imagine life without Pudge. I think it is safe to say that I am officially a dog lover!