I told myself if I passed my second CPA exam, I was finally going to get a dog. While waiting for my score to come back, I started talking about it with friends and family and got mixed responses. I knew I wanted a dog that I could take running and to the lake and that I really wanted a boy. Everyone else wanted me to find a dog – not a puppy. I spent hours looking through different online adoption sites and frequently pulled my sister and friends to animal shelters over Christmas break. At one point I was trying to rationalize living in an apartment with the one year old 70-lb hound I found and loved…
Right around New Years, a picture of Twizzler (should’ve known right then and there), the smallest little yellow lab popped up on Petfinder. My first thought – he is DEFINITELY a puppy. My second thought – I already love him. I reached out to the rescue organization and within a few hours had put in an application and set up a meet and greet. Basically it was a way to make sure we were both a good fit for each other before any papers were signed. It snowed the night before I was supposed to drive to KY to meet him, which resulted in me begging my dad to drive me 3 hours to
pick him up meet him. I think I knew I wanted him to come home with me before I got in the car, but I was really realllllly trying to act like it wasn’t a big deal. I prayed about this dog for months and then I talked about him for weeks. And when we got to KY and I saw him, I just knew.
Jack slept basically the entire day I brought him home and wanted to be curled up with his head on your shoulder at all times. Fast forward four months and there hasn’t been a day since that he was as calm. Jack loves to play fetch and run around at Sequoyah with his pup friends. John’s nickname for him is “the little devil.” He shreds all of his toys but doesn’t eat shoes (PTL and thank you Off Leash K9 Training). Even though he is crate trained, most nights he ends up sleeping in my bed. Jack has put a lot of things into perspective for me. I can’t just run around all day and night doing what I want when I want to like I did for so long. Training is (it never ends) a lot of work and we’ve had a few vet bills I would’ve spent otherwise but that’s just part of it. All the cute puppy dreams and head tilts are worth it. I never understood how some people were so head-over-heels for their furry friends until I had my own
Five of our favorite puppy (or dog) items:
RUFFWEAR 2017 FRONT RANGE DOG HARNESS &x2666; ALL DAY TRAINING ADJUSTABLE ADVENTURE HARNESS ♦ ALL SIZES AND COLORS (Small, Tillandsia Purple) – we’ve tried a LOT of harnesses and this is a favorite.
Ruffwear – Flat Out Hand-Held or Waist-Worn Dog Leash, Pacific Wave – gifted to us but a great thing to have, especially for running.
Outward Hound Fun Feeder Dog Bowl Slow Feeder Stop Bloat for Dogs, Small, Teal – I was skeptical but it works!
BarksBar Original Pet Seat Cover for Cars – Black, WaterProof & Hammock Convertible – this saves my seats from fur, scratches, and muddy dog after the park. also keeps him from falling off the seat and is super quick to put in/take out.
3- Piece Airtight Pet Food Storage Container Combo, Chrome – no more overwhelming dog food smell in the closet and a smaller one for traveling.