Well this is a post I never thought I’d write. And if you’re not into dogs or pets, you can still get some enjoyment out of this, because just a few weeks ago, I wasn’t really all that into dogs or pets either, despite growing up with them. Ladies and gentlemen, things have changed …
That’s right, after just five weeks of owning a puppy, I’m here to devote an entire blog post to what life has been like with Rudy the maltipoo joining our family.
A few reflections from a new puppy parent
- Dog obsessed. I didn’t think I would become a puppy-obsessed person, who is always mentioning their dog. Wrong. Somehow, I’ve even told random strangers everything about him while striking up conversations. I’ve held myself back from showing pictures on my phone, but I sense that’s coming soon.
- Dirty business. I didn’t know that Dave and I would constantly be discussing our little puppy’s bathroom habits. Oh but we do. For instance, on a daily basis, I will send one-to-two texts about Rudy’s “business” to Dave and even to my Mom, just to give a full report on what he has been up to in that department.
- Baby talk. I didn’t know I would develop new habits when it comes to speaking. Yet I have. I refer to everything Rudy does as though “we” have done it. For example, “We went outside for a peepee, and now we’re playing with our lobster on the carpet.” Yes. This is how I talk. If I heard myself, I’d shoot myself. But it continues to get worse …
- Morning stretches. I’ve never had a problem getting up in the morning, and I’m even more happy to hop out of bed now, because I can’t wait to go downstairs and wake Rudy up in his crate. He wiggles and shakes when I pull him out to take him outside. And he does the same little stretch every single morning with his butt in the air. I just can’t get enough of it.
- Sense of time. I wasn’t aware that my sense of time would change. I now think of activities in terms of how long I will potentially be away from home. It’s not all about me any longer. I feel bad for all the times I thought someone was ridiculous for using their dog as an excuse to leave somewhere, but now I see it is a necessity.
- Welcome-home wiggles. Some of the good stuff? Coming home is the best, because when Rudy hears the garage door open up, he automatically waits at the top of the stairs for whoever is coming in. His little head is peeking out every time I get home and start to head up to the main room, unless he’s in his crate. And boy it feels good to have a little buddy so excited to see you.
- Change of routine. There are certain things that I do on a regular basis in the main living area of the house, like foam rolling, yoga and practicing BODYATTACK, which are part of my overall fitness routine during the week. However, with little Rudy under my feet, none of that can take place there anymore. He is scared of the foam roller. He likes to jump on my head during yoga. And he gets completely in the way during cardio practice. Therefore, I’ve moved some of this upstairs in an area where he does not go, and thus I spend much less time doing these things.
- Licking galore. As someone who is totally hygienic and clean, I was sure my standards would be strict and high when it came to having a puppy. Yet, somehow Rudy’s little tongue has been all over my face at one time or another. And the terrible part? I’m not even slightly grossed out by it.
- Dog-friendly activities. I never cared to look at hotels, restaurants or establishments to see if dogs were allowed in the past, but I definitely do now. In fact, I appreciate a clearly-stated policy on the website. Rudy’s still got a couple more rounds of puppy shots he has to get until he can go in public regularly, but I’ve already been scoping out the spots where he’ll be joining us. And yes, the Bay Area is very dog-friendly.
Needless to say, we’re absolutely in love with being puppy parents, and the laughs in the Pitt house have increased exponentially. As has the excess puppy hair!
Why am I telling you all this? Because having a little pet has been a huge change for the better in my life. Dave and I are so happy with our little fuzz-bucket, even though he is a lot of work. So if you’re on the fence about getting a pet, let my reflections give you that extra encouragement to go for it. And with that, this tribute is complete.
Two more days until IDEA BlogFest in Los Angeles
I leave tomorrow for BlogFest, so after teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness this morning, the rest of the day will be devoted to packing, practicing my presentation and hopefully fitting in a workout. As you would expect, I’m already worried about how much I’m going to miss Rudy while I’m away. But I can’t wait to get down to Southern California to let the festivities begin. And for those of you who were wondering, my launch of the new BODYATTACK 89 last night went just fabulously. It feels so good to have that under my belt!
If I haven’t totally scared you away, please come back by tomorrow for a post about food, and I promise not to talk about Rudy too much. Have a great day, my friends!Who loves their dog? A fun read about being a puppy parent ... Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
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