Have you ever seen the video on YouTube where that kid gets a Nintendo 64 and totally freaks out? If you have, hello! I’m that kid’s sister. No, I’m not. Just kidding. But seriously, have you ever seen that video on YouTube where the boyfriend surprises his girlfriend with a pug puppy after her beagle dies? If you have, well, hello. I’m the girlfriend from that video. No really, I am! I am the girlfriend of the “Greatest Boyfriend of All Time.” Well, he is the greatest boyfriend of all time according to cheezburger.com, which is a huge deal in our household.
When I moved to New York City to go to college, my mom had a bit of empty nest syndrome. My dad felt sad for her, and rescued a beagle to keep her company. His name was B.B. (short for Beagle Boy…not very clever), and he was my mom’s new child. I loved coming home for visits to see him sprawled out on my mom’s lap as she shared her dinner with him. He really loved her and brought our family a lot of comfort when my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. He slept with her every night, and was even sleeping next to her when she passed away.
Shortly after my mom passed away, my dad retired from his job with disability due to ALS (aka: Lou Gherig’s disease). I quickly finished college and moved back home to help my dad and take care of B.B. B.B. was such a special dog to our family. He was a little piece of my mother and we tried our best to fill the void in his heart after losing his favorite person. We loved him and cared for him for 8 years. Then, we learned that B.B. had a heart tumor. It grew rapidly and it was pretty much impossible to remove.
He wasn’t uncomfortable, but he had stopped eating. The vet advised us to put him down, but I insisted on trying to get him to eat. For about a month, we tried feeding him nutrient paste with a turkey baster. I even tried pureeing chicken and gravy. Nothing worked and he started withering away. One night, I was crying to my boyfriend about B.B. I told him how it felt like the B.B. I knew was already dead, but I didn’t want to let him go. He told me the brave thing to do was to schedule an appointment to have him put down. I made the appointment, and I held B.B. in my arms the whole time…just like he did when my mom died. It was the most heart-wrenching thing I have ever done.
My dad came with me to put B.B. down, and afterwards we went out and had about 6 margaritas. When I came home, there waiting for me was my boyfriend, a camera on a tripod and a teeny pug puppy in a box. Well, I don’t need to tell you about my reaction because you can just watch it on YouTube along with 2 million other people. My boyfriend saw an ad in the paper for pug puppies and felt it was a sign. He had been listening to me cry and mourn for B.B. for the past month and he wanted to do something to make me smile.
Was it too soon for me to get a puppy? Yes! Of course! I mean, who gets a puppy the DAY they put down their dog? That night was very confusing. I could not stop alternating between laughter and tears.
That being said, my boyfriend did the sweetest most caring thing anyone has ever done for me. He just wanted me to be happy again. When he gave me Ernie (Yes, that’s what we named him), he said “He’s not here to replace B.B., he’s just here to help.” Isn’t that what dogs are for? They are these wonderfully loyal, furry companions that make us so very happy in a way that nothing else can. That’s exactly what Ernie has done. He has brought our family so much joy and everyone in our home absolutely loves him.
So, is my boyfriend the greatest boyfriend of all time? Yeah. He really is. So much so that I actually ended up marrying him! The bar has been set pretty high for the “Greatest Husband of All Time” title, but Ernie and I are pretty sure he can achieve it.
If Lindsay Bolliger Wessinger were an animal, she would definitely be a goat. It is in her nature to climb and climb and climb some more. Also, she is able to digest pretty much anything…figuratively and literally…as long as it’s vegetarian and can be washed down with a box of wine. She got her B.A. in Theatre and Writing in New York City, and then got her Master’s in Teaching in Tulsa. She is a certified reading specialist and an early childhood educator. She was voted Teacher of the Year at her school in 2011, and has recently had her first article published in The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Of all her accomplishments, the one that gives her the most pride is when she completed reading the “50 Shades of Grey” collection. Lindsay believes in living her life as an open book, and she intends to keep it that way.