Life Lessons Learned From My Puppy

Boots and Boots

First of all, can we take a second to recognize how much Boots has grown in the last three weeks? It feels like just yesterday that he was teeny tiny. Having this pup has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It for sure has been a lot of work, but his unconditional love and excessive cuddles make the 18 degree walks and early morning pee breaks worth it.

Since we’ve had him, my husband noticed that I’ve calmed down a lot. My anxiety has subsided and I feel more of a sense of peace. Even though he’s a little puppy, who sometimes pees on the floor, Boots has taught me some important life lessons just by being himself.

Boots Puppy

Dog Bed c/o Amy Berry Home

1. Let it Go

Dogs don’t hold grudges. If I raise my voice at him for doing something naughty, a few minutes later, he’s smothering me in kisses, having long forgotten about the angry tone. When I argue or fight with someone, I tend to hold a grudge, and it takes a lot for me to let things go. Watching him be so happy shortly after an altercation, has helped me realize that holding onto anger only makes it worse for myself.

2. Live in the Moment

When we’re playing or cuddling, I always put my phone down and give him my full attention. He has taught me to live in the moment and enjoy what we’re doing without Instagram or texting. Boots never worries about his to do list so I, even if just for a little white, try to do the same.

3. Play More

This puppy loves to play. Whether he’s fetching his favorite tennis ball, rough-housing with Anel, or chasing leaves in the backyard, nothing makes him happier than a good play sesh. In life’s hustle and bustle, I often forget to just let loose and have some fun. He’ll never let me forget that again.

4. Spend Time Outside

We try to walk or jog with him three times a day no matter the weather. There have already been times where I didn’t feel like leaving the warmth of my house to go outside in the tundra that is Connecticut right now, but because he needs it, I do it. Walking outside daily has been great because I’m finally learning the neighborhood, meeting my neighbors, and getting more exercise daily. Win win win!

5. Show Affection

Boots loves to kiss. He could kiss our faces all day long if we let him. It feels so good to be shown his love in a physical way, and it’s a good reminder for me to be more affectionate with my husband and family.

Lessons I learned from my Puppy

Puppy Bed

Dog Bed / Custom Striped Chair / Ocean PrintPink Rug

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  1. Jessica said:

    yay! A Boots update!! I’m an Army wife and used to get TERRIBLE anxiety when my husband would deploy or go to the field for extended periods. Getting my first dog really changed that so much. I still get anxious of course (deployments are not for the feint of heart), but a fantastic cure for it is snuggling my dog, or putting on his leash and heading outdoors.
    So glad you are loving him so much! and those eyes!!! Better be careful, he looks like a smart one!!!

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  2. Christine said:

    My husband and I are planning to get our first puppy soon, so I love reading about your experiences with Boots. Bring on the puppy posts and pictures!

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  3. graceatwood said:

    Such a cute post! I can’t wait to meet the little nugget.

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  4. Lauren said:

    OMG we should have a playdate!

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  5. sarah.gouin said:

    So happy for you that everything is working out so well. We have three dogs and your lessons learned list was a great reminder of all the great things that come out of having dogs.

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  6. Very powerful lessons when applied. I think we all take for granted how much spending time outside can clear our minds and elevate our moods. Also, affection is always a great boost to close relationships. Happy Thursday

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  7. Waiting on Martha said:

    Boots couldn’t be more adorable! I especially love the reminder to “show affection,” both to your pet and to your people! xo liz at waiting on martha

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  8. Matea said:

    He is precious Julia! So freakin’ cute.. I love all the lessons my dog has taught me too, when I think about how much my life has changed since having my Zen. They really are special beings, so full of love and forgiveness.

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