There are a million things I didn’t expect, but those are the notable things. I love him so much and don’t know what I’d do without him!! Anyone else have these emotions about their own pets?
I was going through my phone this week deleting photos and videos to make room for more (#standard). I kept coming across pictures of Teddy as a puppy. He’s grown so much since I got him. In some ways I feel like he’s always been in my life, but at the same time not long enough at all. So. Much. Love!!!
Some of the photos I found were these. Can we talk about how big he’s really gotten?! Sheesh! I decided to take photos of him in the same position/place. (This scared me, by the way… my poor future-but-currently-non-existent children.)
Garrett doesn’t think dogs can smile (there’s some long word that I refuse to remember because I don’t believe it), but that has to be a smile. LOOK AT HIM!
He’s a ham.
… and he’s done.
When getting a puppy, I didn’t expect:
1) … to meet so many people. It’s really crazy how many people I now know in my neighborhood. I had lived here for over a year and didn’t know anyone. And now I have “sidewalk friends.” People with dogs I see every day when I’m walking Teddy– we seem to all be on the same schedule. I feel like I’m constantly running up and down the stairs of the apartment so I’ve met a lot of other tenants too. It’s so fun!
2) … to travel so much. I think this is my number one piece of advice for young people considering getting a dog. Life changes radically when you’re in your 20s. Obviously, I love the little guy to death, but I didn’t anticipate having such a big travel schedule. Luckily, the groomer he goes to is obsessed with him so he stays with him while I’m away. Truth be told, Teddy loves being there more than anything and I rest easy knowing he’s in completely capable and loving hands. When I leave him, I always tear up, but then I go peek into the window and I swear it takes him two seconds to find someone in there to give him all the belly rubs in the world. Easy to please that little one. It’s expensive, but so worth it (and necessary).
3) … to fall in love. I knew people loved their dogs and I knew dogs are considered “(wo)man’s best friend” and everything. BUT THE LOVE IS REAL. I can’t even begin to describe the emotions I have for Teddy. It’s intense and amazing and rainbows and butterflies.
4) … to loosen up. I’m a bit of an intense person and I tend to take things extraordinarily seriously. Having Teddy in my life though is the best thing to happen to me. He makes me more relaxed and puts things into perspective. When I’m feeling stressed about something, I crawl around the floor with him playing fetch and giving extra cuddles. He just makes me so happy and he makes me realize that life doesn’t have to be so complicated.
5) … to break the rules. I’m a rule follower through and through and a germaphobe. But here I am, letting my NYC-sidewalk-germy dog climb into bed with me from time to time. Not every night, but sometimes I let him 😉 I just can’t resist the puppy snuggz. When I first got him, I was uptight about all these “rules” and the “dos” and “don’ts,” but I’ve let a lot of them slide.
6) … to be a crazy dog lady. Really, I’m concerned about how I will be when I’m an actual mother to an actual human. Teddy’s teeth fell out (who knew?!) and when I’d find them I couldn’t throw them away. I hate teeth, but I had to keep them!! So gross…. blech. But I couldn’t do anything about it. And I talk to him like he’s a human. Garrett made me watch Best in Show, and yep, I’m one of “those people” now.