Hey It’s Jet Here.
One of the ladies in Mom’s biscuit earning office suite gave her this picture last week.
Mom found the saying so true; she placed it on top of her printer to see it clearly throughout her workday. When she told Miss Mary Ann at the corner after our evening constitutional, Miss Mary Ann nodded her head and said she had seen that quote before.
I think I may have shared before that Mom waited over 30 years to share her life with a K9. I’ve heard people ask Mom the following questions:
Don’t they shed?
Mom: Yes, I totally don’t care; I’ve waited all my life to live with dogs. We have tumbleweeds of different colors; my clothes remind me of their place in my life. Fur adds protein to my dishes! That’s why they invented vacuums, lint rollers, sponges, paper towels, etc…
Don’t you mind getting up so early?
Mom: No, I’m a morning person and I’ve adjusted to Jetty’s schedule by doing work earlier and then squeezing in a nap!
What about walking them in bad weather?
Mom: I will say that’s not my favorite occurrence, however, knowing you have to walk several times each day gets you up an out, reminds you to appreciate your surroundings, allows you to practice mindfulness, bonds you with your K9s, and makes you laugh… because what else can you do when you all look like soggy messes! (I do wish I had a fenced yard with a doggie door!!!)
Do you resent having to interrupt your plans to take them out?
Mom: If I had a bigger family, this issue would be easier; however, I accept my promise and plan accordingly.
Don’t you find two big, hairy dogs too much?
Mom: No, I’ve always been drawn to big, fluffy dogs. I find petting their soft fur relaxing and calming. I brush them most nights (JJ takes 5 minutes, Jetty about 20!) Watching their bodies decompress (VBP) and their eyes close, trusting me to take care of them means a great deal. When we walk, they make me laugh as they interact with the outside world. I revel (VBP) in their enjoyment of the moment. Also, it keeps my upper body strength strong!
Don’t they cost a lot?
Mom: Yes! Have you heard a house referred to as a money pit? And yet, the same homeowners will stand by their house like the Captain of the Titanic? Same goes for furfamily members!
Ann’s Infographic the other day is a stark reminder of what you have in store when deciding to share your life with K9s (felines, too.) For me, it’s a small price to pay for the invaluable experience of living with K9s. I probably spend more on their food, treats, vet visits, accessories etc… than on myself at this point, due to changes in my financial condition. I simply don’t care because the joy and mental wellness they bring to my life is… PRICELESS.
Another great “way to go” Mom day!
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