Baby Gatsby turns 1 this week! Ahhh! My wee little puppy is now a beefy 100 pounds and still as cute as can be. I gotta say, having a puppy has been a challenge at times and taught Carl and I a lot as a couple. Looking back on our months with Gatsby, it makes me glad we had a dog before children. I’m not saying dogs are exactly the same as children, each come with their own unique challenges, but I feel much more prepared for having children now. I didn’t think a dog was an appropriate baby step before having babies (baby step, get it) but now I’m an avid believer. (Also, know that I don’t think you’re be a bad parent if you didn’t have a dog before kids.)
1. Having a puppy forces you to evaluate parenting methods and compromise opinions.
2. A puppy makes you share and/or divide responsibilities.
3. They costs money.
4. They require disciplining.
5. They require LOTS of attention.
6. Dogs poop and pee. A lot. And have to be house trained.
7. They will destroy something of value at least once.
8. They will cramp your social life.
Do you still want a dog or children after reading that? I admit I didn’t know what I was in for even after fostering pets for years. Gatsby has been a big challenge but has given us so much in return. I can’t even begin to express how much I think people should have a dog, or a pet in general for that matter. So don’t let that list get you down, because there are so many benefits.
1. Your heart will hold more love for your dog than you ever thought possible.
2. You will discover it’s not too bad having your floor or favorite shoe completely destroyed.
3. Having to leave events early to go take care of your dog is a relief (and actually the best excuse ever to have to leave).
4. Coming home will always be a joy because there is going to be someone there that literally missed you and loves you more than anything in the world.
How has owning a dog or other pet changed your life?