There is currently a huge debate in our house over whether or not to get a dog. Gianna, Mia and I vote yes, but of course our “odd man out” is totally against it. Walking, feeding, and worrying about a dog is way too much responsibility in his very stubborn mind. Who is he kidding? Realistically, all of those chores and worries will fall solely on me! I grew up with dogs ruling the household and can’t help but feel a void. A sweet furry animal child is just what I need to complete our party of 4!
I thought it would be fun to borrow Tessa (my parents’ dog) for a few days. I wanted to incorporate her on the blog and get a taste of what being a dog owner is all about. Tessa probably isn’t a fair assessment because she is 8 years old and completely trained but it’s a start. Let me begin by saying that Tessa is the sweetest, most even tempered dog I have ever been around. She adores kids, wouldn’t harm a fly, is scared of her own shadow, and is super affectionate. She loves being close to people and snuggling. If I could describe the perfect dog it would be Tessa (minus her incessant and quite disruptive snoring)! Even her size fits the mold for everything I am looking for in a pet. Jim, however, sees Tessa as nothing more than a “foo foo” dog and would prefer something more “manly” like a Boxer or a Bulldog. I wonder if there will ever be a day we actually agree on something!
In order to get a dog in this house, I am going to have to negotiate the breed. It’s the only way I have a fighting chance! Even better, the idea of rescuing a dog is most appealing. I would like to teach our children the importance of making a difference and saving an innocent life. Helpless, victimized, and abandoned, these animals need our help and deserve a loving home. I also think an older dog will be a much easier adjustment and transition. I have watched many friends take on the responsibility of a puppy and it can be overwhelming and grueling coupled with a busy lifestyle.
A dog truly shows unconditional love and brings so much joy and happiness. They attack every moment of everyday with an eager attitude and really teach us a thing or two about life! In only 2 days, Tessa’s presence evoked a sense of calm in me and her companionship is something I have been missing! They say before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like, but afterward you can’t imagine living any other way. I am ready to take that leap of faith and make this statement “our” reality. Stay Tuned!
Photo Credit: Ruffles and Trains Photography
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