We got a puppy!
Back in May, we got a puppy, Bella. Neither my husband or I had ever had a dog before but after a good couple of years considering it we finally decided we were ready and took the plunge.
Before I get into this post I want to say that getting a dog is a MASSIVE commitment and one that needs really thinking about before you go ahead. We played a game with the children for ages when we were considering it called ‘where would the dog be now’. Every time we were doing something as a family we imagined if we had a dog – where would it be. With us? At home?. It helped us realise how much our family life would have to change and adapt to accommodate a four legged family member!
We decided to go for a puppy from a breeder, so we selected one that had been recommended several times and started the process. Having a puppy shouldn’t be under estimated. Yes, they are so cute and you instantly fall in love with them, but they also need to be trained and take up a great deal of time. They need constant supervision and demand your attention. The reality of that can be a bit of a shock if you are not prepared.
OMG I love having a dog!
Why I love having a dog…
1. They are always incredibly happy to see you.
I’m not lacking in love in my life at all. I’m blessed with my family and friends. However, no one, NO-ONE greets you like your dog does. Bella gets beside herself with excitement and you cannot be anything other than happy in return. This is wonderful, lifts whatever mood you are in and I cannot ever see me getting bored with that one.
2. You have to exercise them every day
Now I love to walk and as Bella gets bigger she needs more exercise, by the time she reaches a year we will be ready for some serious walking and adventures. But you cannot have a day where you don’t. So you do…even when you don’t want to really. But I find that no matter what i always come back feeling good after some fresh air and a walk.
3. They have mastered mindfulness and enjoy the ‘now’.
You kind of study your dog’s behaviour as you get to know them and they grown up. Bella is a cracking example of being happy in whatever she is doing, when she is doing it! When out walking she is sniffing and exploring and immerses herself in the fun to be found in where she is at that moment. Not a bad trait to have huh!
4. They love a good cuddle.
Who doesn’t love a good cuddle?
5. You meet sooooo many new people…
We have two children at school. Over the last 10 years as a portrait photographer I have photographed many local families and business people, I network in my local community, run a boys football team and we’re part of a local swimming club. We know a great deal of people in the area. But you get a dog and suddenly you meet all sorts of new people… and dogs. It’s Bella’s world really as we all know each other by the name of their dog! People strike up instant conversations based around Bella and it’s so very friendly.
6. They make great company
For all the family. I work from home now and she is a wonderful companion during the day. She’ll be with the children when they are at home and she has been known to watch and be with Craig when he is thumping about in the garage. They just want to be with their pack.
7. They make you laugh
Dogs do funny things. Fact.
8. They flag up when your emotions are down
Oh yes, dogs are very in tune with your feelings and moods. If you are sad, they want to comfort you. If you are angry they want to back you up. If you are down, they want to be near you, if you are happy they want to play.
9. They make you feel secure.
Dogs have great hearing and always seem to be ready to discover the source of something that doesn’t feel right. This is very reassuring when you are out and about on your own or indeed asleep in bed at night. They are very protective.
10. They make good listeners
Now before you think I am insane – bare with me. Sometimes, we have things we want to say out loud, you know, express a fear, concern or irritation because you need to get it off your chest, right? But sometimes, you don’t necessarily want to say it to anyone who may repeat it! So tell your dog! Bella always listens to me attentively, how fabulous! I love that the children talk to her too and tell her things about their day. It’s sweet.
11. You tidy up more as you go.
It’s amazing how quickly we’ve all learn not to leave ANYTHING lying around. Remote controls, shoes, xbox controllers…they all get put in a safe place…or they will be chewed up! So I guess having Bella as a puppy has made us tidy up as we go more!