She loves peanut butter and belly rubs. She hates car rides and leashes. And she has taken over our house.

If you’ve been around for a while, you know about Lucy, the lab/Australian shepherd mix puppy who came to live with us back before Christmas. And if you remember, I was kinda reluctant for the family to take on a new roommate.

Now? Let’s just say that her nickname is “Rotten” as in “The Spoiled Rotten Dog.”

Truth is, it’s hard not to spoil her. As her personality has developed, she has become more and more gentle and loving and wants to be with us constantly. In fact, as I write this, she is napping at my feet in my office, dreaming about chasing a rabbit (just assuming here). Even the neighbors, whom she wants to visit every afternoon when they come home, are crazy about her.

Should a person get this personally invested in an animal? Maybe not, but for us, it’s too late.

We’re smitten.