Hello friends!

How are you guys? Today I’m sharing a special post that is sort of different from how I normally go about posting. I’m giving you a random life update and sharing with you about what has currently been consuming so much of my time lately…my new puppy!

You may have noticed that for the past few months I have only been posting once a week on this blog. My apologies if this is throwing you off! I have been striving to post twice a week, but with grad school and now caring for our little nugget, it’s been hard to keep up with the usual schedule! I’ve been trying my best to savor this time with our pup because he is growing fast. Before I know it, the puppy days will be gone!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat you’ve already seen lots of pictures and videos, but those of you who haven’t…meet our sweet baby Shadow!

……Yeah, I’m pretty much a crazy dog mom now!!! LOL 😉

He is a pure bred golden retriever, born on December 1st! When we first brought Shadow home at the end of January, he was only 9 lbs. Now, he is 30 lbs!

The story is a bit ironic on how we decided to get a pup. When I was a little girl, I would beg and beg my parents for a dog, but never won the argument, and grew up without pets. As I transitioned into adulthood, I developed a minor form of OCD towards cleaning, and I thought, I never want any pets! They are so messy!! For the past few months, Trevor had expressed interest about getting a dog and the more I thought about it, the more the idea sounded appealing. I debated back and forth about the possibility. Maybe we shouldn’t get one; this is a really busy time of my life! These thoughts consumed me. In the end, I decided to embrace the uncertainty of how the added responsibility would change my life, because I knew that I would figure it out. I felt that I really needed a change; a sense of renewed purpose. I was sick of focusing on myself so much.

And let me tell you guys. Although Shadow is a lot of work, he is the best thing that has EVER happened to us! Doesn’t his face just say it all?! I love him so much! And boy, is he ever SPOILED!!!!

I had good intentions of taking special family photos for when Shadow first came home, but life happened and I never got around to it. These low quality iPhone photos will have to do! I’ve also been meaning to post this about two months ago when we took him home, but things have just been crazy. Better late than never! I’ll eventually post an update on him with more family photos!

Prepare for your heart to melt!

How is he doing?

Really well!! Shadow has such a sweet personality, and is pretty mellow for a puppy. He loves running in the woods, and he ADORES the snow. Potty training was a little rough at first (mostly because Trevor and I are impatient people), but he’s finally getting the hang of it, and we have few accidents now. We tried the bell method to teach him, but he developed his own way of telling us. Shadow sits by the door with his head slightly cocked, gazing into our eyes. He locks eye contact with us and waits for us to take him out. It melts my heart! He’s pretty mouthy but that is to be expected for a puppy, and he’s getting better. He is the best snuggler and he’s already spent a few nights in our bed….what a spoiled pup!!

We took him to puppy beginner training classes at Pet Smart, and he has already learned so much. I am amazed at how smart golden retrievers are! Shadow already knows many basic commands, but he needs to work on listening with distractions. Going on a simple 10 minute walk usually takes 20 minutes because he just has to chase every leaf, stick, and pinecone! It’s the cutest thing, but something we definitely need to work on!

5 Life Lessons My Dog Taught Me

Bringing Shadow home has changed my life. I’d like to share with you five lessons I’ve learned so far throughout this experience!

1.) Cherish the little things

Since we took Shadow home, I’ve been forced to change my lifestyle to get outside more, and I’m so thankful for that! Just watching him frolic in the snow and discovering new things gives me the greatest joy. He’s taught me to cherish the little things, and that we don’t need a lot in life to be happy!

2.) Loyalty 

I swear, Shadow’s little heart almost explodes with excitement when we walk through the door! He sprints to us and attacks our faces with kisses. BEST. FEELING. EVER. His unwavering loyalty astounds me.

3.) Patience

Oh man. Shadow’s cute, but he requires patience. There are days where he does great with potty training, and then we have days where he pees on the floor next to our legs. We know that he is just a puppy and that the training will come, but it requires patience, as do all things in life.

4.) I am now prepared to have a child- LOL 😉

This is slightly a joke, but actually…. not really. LOL! Shadow is a TON of work, and Trevor and I always joke that we are 100% prepared to have children now. Of course, when Shadow is a little older!

5.) Love without limits

Shadow just adores us and loves us unconditionally! He snuggles with us at night and is SO excited to see us in the morning when he wakes up. He loves with his whole heart and lives for one purpose only; to show affection!

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Thanks so much for allowing me to share this part of my life with you. Add me on Snapchat if you’d like to see more appearances by Shadow. He’s makes daily appearances! 😉

Do you have any pets? Leave me a comment (or photo) below!