Blake and I have been wanting a dog for as long as we’ve been together, and we’ve spent many evenings and weekends thinking, if only we had a dog to make our homestead complete… I guess that’s how a lot of people think about kids, but we’re not quite there yet! Once we decided we were going to make it a reality, we found ourselves cruising Craigslist and searching the SPCA website on a daily basis in search of our perfect dog who needed rehoming. We hoped to get a young rescue, but we ended up falling in love with a Mini Australian Shepherd puppy a breeder had posted on Craigslist. His little face, his fluffiness, and markings were too much for us to handle. Boom – it was decided.
I put a lot of thought into getting a dog. I thought about the commitment and the lifestyle change – making sure he was cared for if we went on a trip, taking the time to socialize and train him, etc. But after a little hesitation and a few well-meaning warnings from my family that getting a dog was a big investment financially and time-wise, I decided it was worth it for my own happiness and lifestyle. It’s only been a month and a half but I’m so glad I did! I have zero regrets and it’s been so great to have a new kind of love in my life. Little dude is not only adorable, but hilarious. We have tons of nick-names for him already – Bubs, Bud, beh-behs, Lil’ Corn Chip, Little Prince, the list goes on.
If you’re considering getting a dog, I thought I’d share some of the realities/developments I’ve gone through so you can know what to expect!
- Evenings are now spent playing with the little guy. Unless you want to be plagued with guilt or risk your pup not being properly socialized, you’re going to want to spend as much time with him as possible.
- I find myself making visits home a lot more often than usual. I can no longer jet off to happy hour straight from work. I find myself having to go directly home to let the pup out, and making many mini trips home in between engagements. Also, this might go without saying, but if you’re not really a homebody, having a puppy might be a drag. I happen to really like being home, so it’s not too much of an adjustment for me!
- You sort of have to be okay with your home decor getting slightly damaged. The little guy has taken to biting our pouf and our ottoman, occasionally peeing on our shag rug, and even gnawing (hard) at the leg of our wood dresser (gahh, seems like it would hurt!). None of this has been too devastating. You sort of learn to just put things away or off the ground and hopefully you don’t care too much about it (my dresser is super old and not close to my heart, so whatevs).
Don’t forget to follow our little cutie on Instagram at @oscartheaussie_!