Can’t Hurt To Look

Our Final Night With Carter, February 13
Our Final Night With Carter, February 13

Tomorrow Carter would have turned 11, but 25 days ago on Valentine’s Day morning, we laid Carter to a peaceful rest.

Cheryl has already begun the process of rebuilding our Family.

And the same day (yesterday) she shows me Carter’s breeder’s website, was the same day these ten tips on getting a puppy found their way to my inbox.

Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.

The tips are common sense but not common practice. Reading them reminded me how you get out of your Pet what you put into your Pet.

We put in a ton.

And still, Carter taught us more than we taught him.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I pray your family takes God’s “silent proddings” and allows Him to guide you on a new dog.

    Don’t look at it as replacing Carter – Carter is still in your heart. If you get a new dog, let its personality create new memories with you and your family!


  2. Bob, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Carter will never be replaced. Sometimes, in the written word, the intent is challenging to convey, simply because words can be read with different emphasis, etc.

    A house is not a home without a Dog, is a plaque in our house.

    I see Carter everywhere during the daily routine. Everywhere.

    I can smell him, touch him, hear him, and feel his presence. Everywhere.

    We were so amazing blessed with him.

    I am also starting to visualize the same places and routines, with a new face, a new personality and a new love.

    Life is never easy, but through the rough spots there is joy and blessings unspeakable.

  3. I’m glad to hear that you are exploring getting a new dog. Carter sounds like a great dog, just like Luther was. It’s obvious that you loved him and invested a lot in raising him. I’d hate to think of that not being passed on to another worthy puppy. God bless you on your search.

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