Happiness is coming home to two puppies (or any fuzzy love ball). The patter of puppy nails scraping across tile, the scent of dog breath, the dirt tracked all over, and the never ending (judgement free) love.
When my husband and I purchased our first home in April, we knew it wasn’t complete yet. We had both grown up with animals, and coming home to an empty house was intimidating.
After buying our home, we adopted two puppies. First we drove an hour to get Kojak. He is supposed to be a corgi, but we think we adopted a piranha. True story.
Then we drove Kojak 40 minutes to get Nala. She was also an 8 week old corgi basset mix. Nala is such a human lover, she will lick a smile straight on your face.
While it is completely insane (and I mean completely) to train two puppies at once, I don’t regret it!
Other than the obvious cute factor, being around animals helps to reduce blood pressure and help cope with stress. They have super soft fur to pet, and the puppy breath will stink so bad you will forget about anything else. My puppies are really good at licking away tears. Grown man crying? On it. Small squalling baby human? On it, and then they will also clean up the mess the baby made. It’s awesome.
There’s also the lesson of joy you learn from just watching them. Kojak runs like a rabbit when I call his name. He perks up and hops over to my feet with a smile. Oh man, and when that puppy plops down at my feet for lovings, my heart melts to the floor right with him.
If you are ever stuck feeling lonely in your home, I encourage you to look into adopting a fur friend. Check out local rescues and classifieds. Adopt responsibly of course, pets do take a lot of time and resources. Make sure you plan for vaccination, microchipping, and supplies. Having a pet is worth it, but also being prepared will take away a lot of stress once they arrive.
Our floors are never clean, but our hearts are never empty.