It's May and that means it's Mother's Day. Never having children of my own, I consider “Josie” my fur kid. I have seen so many great quotes and sayings, and one of my favorites is.... 'Being a Mother doesn't mean being related to someone by blood. It means loving someone with your whole heart unconditionally". I will never find enough words on how Josie has changed my life, and how much she has taught me. It truly is correct to say...who rescued who?
I am a dog mom. I love it when friends call me a dog mom and I never grimace, furrow a brow, or correct them. In fact, a sense of pride swells over me-I even have a shirt and hat that says “Dog Mom”. I buy cotton swabs, I use baby wipes on my dog after a hike or walk or rainy day, and buy food on a weekly basis. I understand, unlike a real child-I will also only have my fur kid for so many years- I will not experience like many parents the worry of giving my 16 year old the keys to the car, or stay awake till they arrive back home to all hours of the night, but I will also not have the luxury of having my fur kid for 25 plus years, and know I need to treasure the time I do have-and truly appreciate each day. What I have learned, and do share like parents of children to name a few things are:
Responsibility- Even if you’ve always embraced your responsibilities, becoming accountable for a living breathing “baby” has altered your perception of what responsibility means. It’s much more than daily walks and feeding on time. It means you know that your fur kid needs time with you—lots of it. Daily trips to the dog park have taken precedence over many things that were just about what I need on a daily basis.
Never sleeping in-Becoming a dog mom means that your four-footed alarm doesn’t have a snooze button-just like kids. You are up with the dawn everyday, spending the morning by walking with your fur kid and making sure they do their business. You never knew how much you’d like getting up early until you were awakened with a wet kiss and a wagging tail!
Living in the moment- A nice game of fetch or a long walk with your fur kid is far more relaxing than having a perfectly spotless home or adhering to a strict schedule of work. Just like a kid-you need to stop and pay attention not only to what you need, but what they need. You’ve discovered that sometimes just getting out and sitting in the park or going for a drive is just what you needed too. Make time as well for having fun and living in the moment. Gotta love my Tongue out Tuesday photo with Josie.
Making friends-Since getting your dog, you’ve found that other dog people are really friendly. You socialize with other dog moms (and dads) at the dog park and join other puppy parents on walks. Just like real parents become friends with other parents classmates in school. Your fur kid has his own set of companions now that you arrange playdates for him with other pups, and you are really enjoying all you have in common.
I could truly go on and on, but think you get the point. Mom’s no matter what type you may be, try on a daily basis to do the best we can, and love our kids the best way we know how. So, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s and Fur Mom’s-may your day be filled with love and happiness…
Lastly….“Adopt-don’t Shop” when getting a dog.
Happy Mother's Day!
Dawn McCarthy May 2018
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