Happy Friday! I am hoping to bring a little happiness to your Friday with a post about dogs!
Somehow within the past 2 months, my life and priorities have drastically changed! It is crazy to think about how much this not so little bundle of fluff has shifted our lives. I originally created this blog to share all things fashion. Believe me, I still love fashion and still plan to share plenty of fashion. BUT I’ve started to become even more inspired by other day to day things that make me even happier. I’m going to start to sprinkle a little more of those topics around here with the hopes that too you will relate to them and/or leave you feeling inspired!
Today brings me to the topic of dogs! Gosh, I’ve long been a dog lover since childhood. I guess you’re sort of brainwashed when your parents raise dogs your whole life and treat them as little members of the family. I’ve loved dogs my whole life and always knew I wanted to own one of my own one day. So Brett and I took the plunge and picked up an 8 week old golden retriever almost 2 months ago! More about how to survive your first month with a puppy in this post here.
I knew getting a dog would bring me a lot of happiness and it sure did. It is hard at times but all worth it for her. I’ve grown up with dogs that my parents raised and I definitely felt all of the happy vibes but it’s a little different when raising your own. If you have a dog or are thinking of getting a dog here are the 5 positive things that happened to me the moment I got Sadie.
#1 Dogs Bring So Much Happiness: Sadie is the sweetest pup who is such a delight to be around. Every time I come home, wake up, take her for a walk, or glance at her happily sleeping by my feet I can’t help but smile! It is also fun to see the smiles she puts on other people’s faces when they walk by or ask to pet her. I am tearing up just writing this out. Dogs are truly the best!
#2 Dogs Bring Your Family Closer Together: Getting a dog as a family or with your husband/significant other will cause a shift in your dynamic but I can guarantee it will bring you closer together and start enjoying life in a different way. All of a sudden your whole world revolves around the dog – wanting to be around them, caring for them, and doing what’s best for them.
These pictures were taken with my family over Memorial Day Weekend. It was one of the most low key Memorial Day Weekends I’ve had in a while. I love my family and being around them lights up my life. Now that we have 5 dogs to add on top of that is a real treat. I love seeing how they interact with one another. It just makes my heart the happiest.
#3 Dogs put into Perspective What’s Really Important: Getting a dog means making sacrifices. Less dinners out, less frequent spur of the moment trips, less happy hours, and less money spent on material things. You just start to become more concerned about creating a good life for your dog and your family. You start to realize how important family is and how much they are your one true source of happiness. Your whole life starts to shift into making family life a healthy priority.
#4 Dogs Are Good Practice for Growing Your Family: Raising a puppy will teach you a thing or two about raising a baby one day (so I’ve been told). Brett and I definitely talk about expanding our family one day and I know this is the practice we need to get to that point. If it scares you from having a baby, well, you can always get another dog 🙂
#5 Dogs Teach You to Be More Selfless: Ever since Sadie entered our lives I’ve learned to live my life less selfishly. Before Sadie I was so concerned about what I was doing, where we were going for dinner, how my job was going, etc. Now those things seem so much less important which is great because I don’t feel the need to stress about those things any longer. My attention is more so focused on being the best dog mom and wife for my family!
For all the dog owners out there what positive things have they brought to your life that I haven’t mentioned?