Never say neverTwo years ago, I heard noises coming from my neighbor’s yard and peeked through the fence to see eight puppies playing. Every day, I checked on them. I noticed a little black and white one that I really liked. I eventually mentioned the puppies to my wife and was practically threatened with my life. I was sternly told that we were never, never going to have another dog. Not long after the "never, never” lecture, my son told us he was thinking about getting a puppy for Emma, our granddaughter. I told him about the puppies. We went to see them, but nothing came of that. One Saturday, I was talking over the fence with my neighbor. He said he was going to take them to Walmart to see if he could get rid of them. I casually mentioned this to my wife; she immediately told me to go over and get the black and white puppy I liked. Excuse me! What about never having another dog? She told me to get the puppy, and we would potty train it and give it to our granddaughter Emma. Being the good husband that I am, I did as I was told. Thirty minutes later, my wife walked in with about a $100 worth of the best dog food one can buy, plus toys. Several days later, Emma came over to see "her” new puppy. I asked her what we should name the puppy, and without blinking an eye she said, "Caruso.” We still don’t know how she came up with that name. After several months of training, I thought it might be a good time to give Caruso to Emma. I mentioned this to my wife and got an immediate "no!” But what about never, never having another dog? She said Caruso was used to us and our yard, it would be better for him if he stayed with us, and Emma could come over anytime she wanted to play with Caruso. In other words, Grandma had gotten very attached to Caruso. Caruso is now 2 years old and weighs 49 pounds. Emma is 5 years old and weighs 41 pounds. Caruso and Emma are the best of friends. He is very gentle with Emma, and neither wants to stop playing when it is time for Emma to go home. Emma called the other day and told me she had had a long day at school (preschool) and just needed to see Caruso. "Please, Grandpa, please!” For an old couple that never, never wanted another dog, Caruso has been a delight. By the way, Emma indicated to her grandma that we should now adopt a kitten. Problem: Whizzie and Dottie, our 10-year-old cats who rule the house, and Caruso, probably would not approve! But then again, never say never! Fred Wheelbarger, Moore To submit a pet story and photo, e-mail your story and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Lillie-Beth Brinkman, The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Photos cannot be returned.