Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Furry Friend

A dog is a man's best friend, anyone with a god would truly understand that. Your dog can be the best friend you've ever had, and can teach you more responsibility than you thought you could handle. Adopting Tucker, my fur baby, was the best decision I've ever made. He gives me endless cuddles, always greets me after work by jumping into my lap, and always tries to give me kisses, but sometimes he tries my very last nerves. If you're thinking of adopting a dog, just know it's a lot of work! Here are a few lessons I've learned from being a dog-mom.
1) They require a lot of time. I thought I knew how much, but boy was I wrong. I take tucker on 4-5 walks a day. At 30 minutes a walk, that's 2.5 hours a day of walking tucker. Planning on sleeping in? No can do, Tucker needs a walk at 7:30. Want to go to bed at 10? No can do, Tucker needs a walk at night before he goes to bed. It can be really hard, especially if you don't have someone to help you out, but it's totally worth it when everybody stops you on your walk because you have such a cute pup.

2. Dogs are INCREDIBLE expensive. Think of how much you think a dog would cost- now multiply that by two and that's really how much they cost. I've easily spent $1,000 on Tuck since adopting him. Having someone else to spend money on makes you realize you need to always make sure you have a little extra put away in case something happens. Just the other day I had to take him to the vet and it cost $500! Not even to mention all of the food. Dogs eat a lot! 

3) It forces you to adopt a very specific routine. Tucker eats at 8:30 and 6:30. Since I get off of work at 6, that requires me to go home straight away to take him on a walk and then eat. I can't go out after work for a happy hour because Tuck has to go to the bathroom. Going out of town means I have to either find a pet sitter to stay at my place, or to find a boarding place for him. 

Even though adopting Tuck was one of the hardest thing I've ever had to do, I wouldn't change it for a second! He may wake me up at 7:30 AM, and wake me up in the middle of the night if needs water, but he makes me happy every second of the day. He has 20 toys that he likes to rotate throwing around, and he's constantly trying to lick every inch of my face. He sometimes sleeps in the closet, he sometimes likes to crawl up between Dan and I and lay perpendicular to us and kick someone (usually Dan) in the face. He does this adorable thing where he comes up and leans his head against me and flops over on his back looking for a belly rub. Just look at this cute face! 

Thinking of adopting a pet? Ask me questions! I would love to give any advice I could. Have any funny stories from your fur babies? Tell me in the comments! 

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