The whole truth is, my recent journey through pet adoption has proven to be my greatest "Lighten Up" challenge to date -- and I have shared the daily details on Facebook. Last fall, I wasn't sure I was ready for a puppy or could care for one by myself, so I debated and made my customary pro/con lists and researched and talked to other pet owners. My allergies made the hypoallergenic poodle breed a wise and necessary choice, even though poodles, from what I was hearing, were "energetic" at best, "fiercely destructive" at worst. But none of that seemed to matter the moment I saw my puppy on Petfinder.com -- I instantly knew I was going to bring him home.
And I learned my lesson the hard way about whether or not Beckett "really needed to be crated" while I was at work.
But ultimately, I have learned - and am continuing to learn each day - that Beckett, like all puppies, craves boundaries. He does not want to make the rules, he wants to follow them. And, understandably, when left to his own devices, he will do whatever feels good in that moment, whether eating my walls or using my couch as his own personal bathroom
Today marks ten months since Beckett came into my life, and though I continue to grow up, Beckett has actually started to lighten me up as well. He is a loving, tail-wagging example of how far we have both come, and of how much potential we both have to continue going forward together. He effortlessly returns the unconditional love I now have for him, and he fancies himself my 25-pound bodyguard whether we are being approached by a 6-foot man in the park or ... a leaf. Most of all, Beckett makes me laugh. He makes me smile. He makes me remember that I am capable and strong and full of love and compassion.
I am thankful every day for the faith I had in both of us, and for my determination to bring this little boy home. Sharing my life is not so hard after all, and it is actually more rewarding than I ever imagined.
Do you have a funny or frustrating pet story? How has your pet made your life better, crazier, more rewarding, more exhausting? Share it all!
Until next time,