Written by Alison Moran, Out-U-Go! pet parent and Sports Commentator on WRLR 98.3 FM.
My dog, Duke Francis Moran, who made me a dog-mom 11 years ago in March.
“Alison, what’s wrong with it just being us two?” the ex asked on our 10th Anniversary.
“I need more. That’s what.” I said.
And just like that, the two of us became three, as adoptive parents to Duke, a gorgeous, spirited, and intelligent lab-terrier mix, from our local animal shelter, the Animal Care League of Oak Park and River Forest. I recommend them highly if you are looking for your own pet. And in the interest of full disclosure, the organization was founded by my brother as his Eagle Scout community service project. And it grew.
I’ve never had any biological children. Not for lack of trying…just a lack of luck. I love children. So I’ve tried to be nurturing to those around me.
Yet, I am often discounted on the most sacred of parental holidays, Mother’s Day.
In fact, some people, thoughtlessly, have told me that I “don’t count,” because I have never conceived, adopted, or fostered a child. Yet, I am a woman who has nurtured much, loved well, and provided for my parents, siblings and 11 nieces and nephews. I even helped raise my oldest niece when she was a toddler, during her parents’ divorce.
But then, there is Duke, my pride and joy. Life with Duke is magical, joyful and special. He is the one I come home to, and walk every night. The one I trust OutUGo to feed, walk and nurture when I need to be out of town, as I would a babysitter. I interviewed […]