Hello fellow pet parents! My name is Emma, and I am the owner of three enthusiastic and wonderfully charismatic dogs, Cooper who is my male Poodle, Marlie who is my female Beagle, and Bailey who is my male Labrador Retriever.
Before I became a pet parent I never fully understood what it meant to own a dog. From the amount of time that you have to put into training and maintenance to the bond that my friends and family would have with their own pets – it was simply something I couldn’t understand. That is, until I was introduced the Cooper, the most precious gift I have ever received from my Grandmother.
As cliché as it sounds, at that moment everything that I never understood about the connection between owners and dogs fell into place, and I felt whole. But that doesn’t mean that we haven’t had our fair share of troubles over the years.
Puppies, as cute as they are, proved to be the most difficult part of making the decision to accept that a dog was right for me. We tackled late night training sessions, taught simple verbal commands such as “Sit” and “Stay”, and even went through some difficult dog food trials to find the right formula for Cooper. Although this was quite honestly the most difficult part of being a pet parent, it was also the most rewarding as the knowledge I gained helped me to expand our family even further.
Making the decision to adopt Marlie, my female Beagle, and Bailey, my male Labrador Retriever was a large one – to say the least. But it was also a decision that I would have made over and over again.
All three of my dogs have their own personalities that somehow work together, much like the things you would expect from a regular family. Marlie has the rambunctious energy that could only be attributed to a toddler, Bailey is the calm and quiet leader that always has to be in the front when going on walks, and Cooper is the serene and loving one who is always open for relaxing on a rainy afternoon. Between the four of us, we have an incredibly full house.
Owning dogs isn’t only something that affected me emotionally, but it also changed my lifestyle forever. Before them, my idea of going outside and experiencing the real world was when I would visit friends for the weekend, or take a brisk walk in my immediate area. Now I can sincerely say that I know the ins and outs of not only my neighborhood but surrounding areas as well. We’ve explored hiking paths, trails, and the true beauty of nature. This alone has helped me to become healthier, happier, and more social with the people around me.
As with any pet owner, every day is an adventure, and so I created this blog to detail the experiences that we all go through together. From teaching your dog basic tricks to knowing how to choose the right dog foods for sensitive stomachs, my trial and error stories can be your success stories.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the stories from our home to yours!