On my daily walks with our puppy I have been thinking a lot about how much he has improved not only the quality of my life, but of my family’s life as well. The random smiles I get from watching him do, well, too many cute things to mention have made me realize how amazing a decision we made to add this wonderful addition into our family.
I have thought a lot about how when you have both a puppy and a baby there are many similarities to how you spend your days. Before having children I never spent time at a park, I never took daily walks to get fresh, I wasn’t accustomed to daily chatting with strangers and so much more. I realized that having a dog is similar to this. I treasure my morning walks with Finley and having to do this has made me a better person. It forces you to get out of the house (a positive thing), it encourages you to socialize with other dog walkers, and it takes you on paths you may not have traveled otherwise. I love that each walk with Finley is different somehow; I take a different turn down a different street, I take that “off the paved path” through the stream area or whatever. Whatever it is, it is always a daily adventure that I, and I truly believe that he too, looks forward to.
I never knew that I could be so attached to an animal before Finley. He is the simplest joy around and is always there for me no matter what. He will sit by me day in and day out, follow me faithfully around the house keeping an eye on me, and most importantly he will give me (and of course the other 3 members of my family!!!) unconditional love always.
I love our Finley in a way I could never have imagined. I always heard other people tell me about dog ownership and how great their dogs are. Funny thing is, I always had a dog growing up and loved them (well, some more than others!!). I obviously was not the one they were most bonded with, and now as an adult I realize my mom did ALL the work for our dogs. I really had no idea what was involved, but also the fantastic and SO WORTH IT payback that a dog gives you if you treat it well.
We put off dog ownership in my family until we were truly ready and could both spend the time training our dog, and had the time to spend with the dog. I am so happy that I spend the time with him that I do, I think that is why he is so loyal and well behaved and he’s only 7 months. I can’t imagine life without Finley, but I am sure glad that we waited until the time was right!
If you’re ready for it and have the time, give dog ownership a second thought. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO worth it.
Your Simply Susan happy thought of the day!