I’ve learned a couple things the past couple weeks. Okay, maybe month:
If you feel like you are in a good life rhythm, don’t buy a dog.
If you do adopt a dog, be willing to say it’s too much.
It’s okay to cry, even if the kids don’t, when you give the dog back. We named him Chowder. And yes, I was in the middle of the store crying…feeling like a fool. But it’s okay.
It’s even better to see the things you learned from the experiment.
Like how it was really really hard the first several days we had him and I felt like screaming “what have we done” and he’s pooping in the house and the kids are nervous about his nipping and our bunny was super scared for his life.
But then how after a couple days I woke up and said “be positive” and the day was good. I did nothing but kids and dog that day.
He needed obedience training, but he was great to run with. He needed house training, but he was very friendly toward other people and dogs. His playing was a little too nippy.
I stayed positive.
In the end, our kids are too young and I don’t have the time to give to train him.
It was a choice to be positive. Even if it was hard. And it was hard.
We gave the experiment a fair chance, let ourselves really try it, invested emotionally, and had a vision of what the long-run could be with Chowder.
And it was still too much.
You have to know when to walk away sometimes.
Life lesson learned.
And now with the house cleaner and my brain cluttered with one less thing to think about. I know it was the better decision for now.
Is there a dog in our future? I don’t know. But our sweet bunny Pinky is still our favorite pet.
This little story of my life doesn’t really lend to talking about food, except that in moments of chaos when you really need to eat something healthy and you have a short moment to prepare, you should make this. It’s really good as leftovers, too. I’ve made this too many times to count and originally found it on Oh She Glows from her Chickpea Salad Wraps. I’ve made a couple changes noted below.
Cheers to lunch!