Last weekend, I caved and we got a puppy. Ken has wanted one for a while and now that we are settled in the new house, it made sense. The boys have never wanted a dog, but once they saw this one, Coop and Cole were begging us to take him home. Ken also said that he wanted the boys to have a dog in their life as he grew up with dogs, so in a weak moment, I agreed.
I have only had one dog in my life and he was great…an amazing dog. But when we had our dog, life was different. I worked outside of the house and had a break from the puppy stage. I also did not have two little boys and was much younger.
It’s only been six days, but my life has gotten much harder. I can’t believe I agreed to get a dog when my life was already crazy. Nothing against the puppy, he is just young and well…a puppy. I forgot how much work a puppy really is and throw a six-year old, a four-year old, work, volunteering at the schools and training for my half marathon, and I am drowning fast.
It’s funny, when people hear that we got puppy, they will say, “Oh, it’s like you have a newborn!” Honestly, I would much rather have a newborn!
I love animals…heck, I am a vegetarian because of my caring about animals, but something has happened to me since I had my kids.
Coop and Cole are my world and they are my focus. I really try hard to not miss out on time with them as they are growing up so fast. And this dog is taking my time from them. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I look at this cute little puppy and all I see is WORK! It's like my love for animals has diminished. I have heard women say that their relationship with their pets change once they have kids. I never thought it would happen to me.
I am sure it will get easier, but will I ever find love for the dog? I don't know. Right now, I'm wishing we had a new born baby rather than a puppy.
Oh, and by the way, Coop and Cole who were begging for the puppy now could care less. I should have recognized the same begging I was getting for the puppy is what I hear for a candy bar, and they get over it when I say NO.
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