This is my silky terrier Daisy. She was last year’s Christmas gift from my husband Eric. I had started to write about her yesterday when I was working on a post when everything decided to lock up on me and I spent an hour and a half trying to upload her picture onto this site. There are many advantages to living where we do, high speed Internet is not one of them. I have spoken to Verizon and they told me that fios will be available for us on December 15, 2008. I can’t begin to tell you how that will change our world. Right now we have 4 out of the 5 of us fighting for the wireless card on my laptop for Internet access. It makes working on my blog hard right now. Which is one of the reasons it has been so long since my last post. Fios is going to change all that. I am really excited. I was writing about Daisy because she was sitting in my lap and licking my hands as I was trying to type. I did not know the joy of the little dog until last Christmas. I had always owned big dogs before my Christmas morning surprise. Our other dog Max is a golden retriever and he is just a big galloot. He is an loving dog but his size can sometime make things harder for me. We have and invisible fence which I highly recommend. Our yard is big enough for both dogs to run all they need. There is just no way that I would be able to walk Max as much as he needs when I am not feeling my best. I think that it is important before you adopt a pet to consider their size and personality of the animal and to consider how that may effect not only how you are feeling now also how that will be on a bad day. I can’t tell you how many times I have been sitting on the couch and Max will come barreling in the house and plow straight into my leg at which point pain is inevitable. He is just excited to see me, but the end result is that I am in pain. The age of the dog is an important factor too. Max is still an exuberant young dog of 2 in time he will mellow and constant training is a must. Sometimes an older, less energenic dog is a better fit for someone with the challenges that RA can have. The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a good place to start in finding the right dog for you.