This is me and my family’s new puppy, Maui Kai (‘Kai’). He’s 8 months old. My family adopted him from a rescue organization a week ago. We lost our 15 1/2 year old lab mix in January to cancer and I had been missing dog love ever since. Nothing like the unconditional love of a dog!
Despite missing dog love since January my husband and I have been a bit hesitant to adopt another dog. Life has been super busy. Funds have been a bit tight. And it just didn’t seem like a good idea. My husband was concerned I would feel like a dog was one more thing. Especially since I work from home and would be the primary care giver the majority of the time. And, a puppy seemed crazy. But when my friend, Robin, posted a picture of this boy on Facebook? I was hooked. I had to meet him. And, boy, am I glad we did! Not that there hasn’t been any breaking in period – we did have a major poop incident which had poop spread all over a 12′ x 5′ space which required an 8pm trip by our carpet cleaning guy that night – but overall it’s been better than I dreamed. Joy that fills me up and flows out of me.
Adopting Kai reminded me of a few things.
- Being accepted and loved no matter what is an incredible gift no matter the species giving it. I need to be better at giving love the same way.
- Going for a walk in the middle of the day can be incredibly rejuvenating.
- Always be ready to drop everything and play for a few minutes (as this also can be rejuvenating).
- Always stop and smell the flowers…notice every…little….thing. Being fascinated is a good thing.
- Laughing is one of the very best things for the soul.
- When you’re tired take a nap. Even 5 minutes can fill you up.
You might not be able to adopt a puppy this week to be reminded of the same things so take my word for it.
Now that you’re done reading this post. Go take a walk around the neighborhood or your office. Trust me. It’ll be really good for you. Especially if you won’t be dragged by a 50 pound puppy who’s all muscle. 😉