- There would be no “baby gates” all over the house to crawl over or other make-shift barriers
- We would have leg room in the bed
- We could walk in the yard without any shoes without any worries of stepping in “something”
- Our furniture would be “hair free”
- No nose smudgies would be on the windows
- There would be no fur tumbleweeds on the wood floors
- The most used words in our vocabulary would not be: No, Stay, Down, Off, Leave it
- We would not use baby talk in our everyday lives
- Our house would not look like a daycare center with dog toys all over
- Our pockets would not contain treats and poop bags
- We would not have to spell out words like: t-r-e-a-t-s, b-y-e b-y-e, p-e-t-s-m-a-r-t, v-e-t-s
- There would be no muddy paw prints on the wood floor and we would look forward to when it rains outside
Life changed without a doubt when we got a dog, well in our case, adopted our wonderful dog from the Cleveland APL, a life that we would not give up for anything in this whole world. We still laugh when we think back to that day when we went to PetSmart to pick up kitty food and came home with a puppy. That day changed our lives so much, but we are so thankful for the wonderful dog that we have today, who brings us so much love into our lives. For those of you who do not have a dog, you can’t even imagine how wonderful it is to have one. Sure, they are a lot of work when they are a puppy, but trust us, it gets easier. We remember that in any given day, the hundreds of trips we took outside for pee breaks as a little pup can only “hold it” for as long as how many months old they are. (IE: If they are two months old, they can only hold it for about 2 hours, and so on) The best thing we did is repetition, like always going out the same door all the time so the puppy can relate to this, and if you don’t want your puppy on any furniture, then don’t pick them up and put them on any. Once you do, they will think that being on the furniture is ok.
So, what is life like now, with a dog? It is the most rewarding experience we have ever had. Just imagine coming home from work only to be greeted by a wiggly butt and lots of doggie kisses! Sounds nice, eh? It sure is! We can’t even imagine not having a dog sleep with us every night, as it is the most soothing feeling in the world when you see their calm sleepy look on their face as they crawl up next to you for huggies before they retire at the foot of the bed, or when you wake up in the middle of the night only to laugh at what you see as they are sleeping on their back with their legs straight up in the air. You just laugh, and fall back to sleep with a smile on your face.
We are so happy to have adopted our Nikita from the Cleveland APL, as that is where she got her start in life and all the help she needed. Without the APL, these wonderful dogs would not get the chance at a good life, a life filled with love, their second chance to find happiness. So, the things that we deal with on a daily basis like having no leg room in our bed, crawling over baby gates, wearing shoes in the backyard, cleaning nose smudgies off the windows, vacuuming up dog hair off the furniture and floors, wiping muddy paws, spelling key words, finding treats in our pockets, and baby talking to our dog – – ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE WORTH HAVING A DOG that we would never complain about because it is all worth it.