Did you know that today is National Pet Day? We love daily holidays because they give us a reason to celebrate every day. Today we’re introducing our new little one – our fur baby!
She came into our lives very quickly – her original owners had some unexpected and major medical issues arise and they asked us to take her. We had wanted a dog for so long and were so excited to say yes! She’s still a baby, but she’s our baby and we love her lots!
This little gal is so sweet. She loves her “big brother” as Little Dude calls himself now. She loves to give kisses, loves to play ball and loves to cuddle. She’s just a big ole sweetie who is gaining a big personality as she grows.
There were so many things we’ve heard and seen about getting a puppy. A few of them are very true:
1. Puppies create responsibility. This is VERY true, and by allowing our little guy to be involved in her training, playing and care, he’s gained a lot of responsibility. He is very involved in her potty rituals, feeding and making sure she is training well.
2. Puppies (and kids) require a set schedule. I do too, actually. This is great because this gives us all the more reason to have a set bedtime routine, set hours at work, etc. It’s helped both little man and the little puppy a ton to have a set schedule.
3. Puppies give you a reason to get exercise. SO TRUE! We’ve been doing daily walks as a family and it’s great to get outside and get moving every day!
4. Puppies give companionship and therapy. As I’ve stated on here before, I suffer from bipolar disorder. When the puppy first got to her first home, she was beginning training as a therapy animal, and it shows. She is very intuitive and acts accordingly if we need love, kisses, etc. She actually has done quite well with her therapy training since. Therapy dogs are trained to sit on people if they’re sad or crying. It releases the dopamine in the persons brain and allows them to relax. She does this regularly when I’m sad or when little dude is upset, and it makes all the difference. We’re looking into other forms of therapy to train her for – there’s so many things puppies can be trained to do – they are so smart!
5. Puppies make everyone happy! Between the general silliness of her playing with her favorite “toys”, empty apple juice bottles, her chasing what little tail she has left (Rottweilers have knubby tails!), and her licking little dude to death whenever she can, she sure makes our hearts happy!
Happy Pet Day! Do you have any pets? What are they?