My Childhood Dog, Sumo

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When I was growing up, we had a lot of animals. But after we moved from New York down to Florida, we didn't take any of our animals with us. So for the first few years, it was really lonely, especially to me since I was only 7. Being an only child, the animals were always my friends and I loved them so much. When I would go to school, I would read books on animals and wish I had a new pet to spend time with. 

One day at the school library, I checked out a book about all the dog breeds in the world. I remember taking the book home and slipping through the pages; admiring all of them. And then I got to the Pug and just fell in love. I begged my parents to get me a Pug and soon they found a Pug breeder who had just had a litter. 

When we went to see Sumo for the first time, he had just been born only 3 days prior. He was so tiny that he fit right in the palm of my hand. I held him and told him I would be back in two months to get him and right on the day, we came back; ready to take him home.


We had Sumo for 10 years and during those years, I grew up with him. He went everywhere with us, including all our vacations. The picture above is in one of our hotel rooms and he was licking my dad to get him up in the morning!

I loved Sumo very much and when he did finally pass away, I was married and pregnant with Mary. I do regret not being able to say goodbye to him but I was glad to know he wasn't in pain anymore.

There's something about your famiyl dog from when you were growing up that will always be special. It kind of reminds me of the new movie coming out called, Max. It's all about the bond between a boy and his dog. Max just came to theaters on June 26 so be sure to check it out if you have a soft spot in your heart for dogs.

Plus make sure to check out this great article from Fandango for movie suggestions that celebrate the bond between kids and their dogs. My personal favorite from the list is Homeward Bound. I owned that movie as a kid and watched it over and over again!

What's your favorite movie from the article?

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