Last week I told you all I got a tattoo. This week I’m telling you that I got a puppy. A puppy! I picked him up on Friday (thanks to Mary for being my wingman!) and we’ve spent the whole weekend getting to know one another…we’re completely in love. He’s my baby and I’m his mama, that’s just how it is. We already have this incredible, magical bond and I’m on cloud nine.
Unlike the tattoo, my decision to get a dog was a bit more thought-out. Both Sally and our brother have Labrador dogs and we grew up with the breed—they are big lovebugs and I’ve had my mind set of getting a white lab of my own for a while now. There’s never a “perfect” time to get a puppy but I’ve never felt more ready for the responsibility and companionship. Let me preface this by saying how wonderful I think pet adoption is. My dad just rescued an adorable puppy last month and saving animals in need of safe and loving homes is an incredible way to get a pet. After careful thought, consideration and personal preference, I determined that going through a breeder would be the option for me. I got my pup from Legacy Labs (an extremely reputable breeder outside of Dallas). It wasn’t exactly easy to get one of Legacy’s highly coveted pups…I basically started stalking them in July and was able to jump at the opportunity to put my deposit on a litter when I got word that one of their beautiful white labs would be expecting mid-December. Then I patiently waited for those pups to bake and get big enough to leave their mama.
My baby’s name is Blue Moonbeam. “I thought it was a beautiful name.” (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, anyone?) He is eight weeks old and he is the sweetest, most calm and precious puppy. I can’t say enough good things about him or put into words how obsessed I am with him. He’s chubby and squishy, he loves cuddling with me, and he’s just jumbly and bouncy perfection. House training has been going incredibly well…and crate training at night has meant sleeping on the floor next to him but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been keeping his arrival under wraps on the blog because things can always happen/change with these situations and I wanted to wait until I had my pup in my arms before sharing him…I didn’t Instagram any photos over the weekend because I wanted to keep Blue to myself while we were doing our thing (I’m selfish and secretive like that).
Right this minute, I’m sitting at my desk and Blue is napping with his head on my foot. My heart is melting and smiling at the same time. Knowing that I was going to be getting this ball of fur was definitely a deciding factor in leaving my old job when I did…working from home and having daytime flexibility makes caring for and training a puppy much easier. It’s true what people say: having a pup is like having a baby. They are amazing and so, so sweet but also lots of work and require so much patience and love. So far, so good. My boy has been so good these past several days and he’s already bringing so much joy and happiness to my life. Excited to finally share him with you—hope you all don’t get tired of seeing his sweet face more often than not!
Images taken by Mary Summers Hafner for A Piece of Toast