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.
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.