(originally posted on 21 Jan 2019)
Hey guys! Welcome to Be the Sunshinee!
I’m starting a new series on my blog called, 5 Things I Didn’t Expect About BLANK”. And each month I’ll share things I didn’t expect about *insert topic here*.
To start off us, I’m going to be talking about 5 things I didn’t expect about adopting a dog! If you don’t follow along onInstagram (which you should) you may not know Bella, my dog, just turned one year old!
(Andrew and I vlogged on her birthday, if you want to see the cutest dog devouring her birthday cake click HERE!)
Anybody who knows me knows I freakin love dogs! I’ve had at least one dog my entire life and when I moved out of my parents house, I couldn’t wait until I was finally able to get my own dog!
Last March Andrew and I finally bit the bullet and adopted Bella. I knew a dog took work, time, and dedication. I knew I would have to pay her vet bills, make sure she always has food and water, and love on her daily. But there were some thing I didn’t expect about getting a dog.
1- I didn’t expect to love her as much as I do!
I literally didn’t know it was possible to love a dog this much.
This may sound kind of stupid, like “Duh Marisa, of course you love your dog”. But no, I did not know or understand just HOW MUCH I would love this little pup. Like, I really didn’t know it was possible to love a dog so much. I get so excited thinking about all the years Andrew and I get to spend being her parents. I get so excited about the day we decide to adopt another pup because I know Bella is gonna love having a playmate. I can not wait until we bring home our first (human) baby because I know Bella is gonna be the best big sister! She will always be our first baby and I am so thankful we get to have her apart of our lives for the next 10-15 years.
2- I didn’t expect her personality to be so big!
I really try not to be bias because of course I think my dog is the best dog on the planet, but Bella’s personality is so big! It’s like she’s a person! She is super smart, loving, and crazy athletic! Bella knows how to tell us she needs to go outside just by her body language. She knows “sit”, “speak”, “drop it”, “this way”, and her new favorite “walk”. She loves people food, especially pepperoni and ice cubes. Bella is also the fastest dog I’ve ever seen! I can’t believe how fast she can run. She acts like a crazy person when Andrew gets home from work! She’ll run from the couch to the bed doing parcor. It’s the freakin funniest thing! She is incredibly strong and has razor sharp teeth (I know this because when she was a new born she bit my nose and cut it open).
3- I didn’t expect her to be as snuggly as she is!
Like I already said, I’ve had dogs my whole life. Of course they would want to be held, petted, and snuggled with. But in my experience, it’s always been on the dogs terms. The one thing I always wanted with my childhood pups is for them to sleep with me, instead of just at the foot of the bed. Bella is a really life human, I swear. You have to actively be petting her at all times or she acts like she’s gonna die. She has no clue what personal space is and is constantly in your face, most of the time we don’t mind because she’s so cute. And she loves to sleep in between Andrew and I all night long. If she feels like she still isn’t getting enough attention she will move onto our pillows and sleep on our heads. This girl really does not care!
4- I didn’t expect it to be so easy to travel with her!
Now, let me start by saying we have never taken Bella on an airplane (yet). So maybe that’s not considered traveling in your book. But Andrew and I take lots of road trips and we bring her on pretty much every single one! She is a GREAT road trip partner. Luckily she doesn’t get car sick or super antsy! She loves to just snuggle in your lap and sleep! Of course she’ll wake up for a snack or bathroom break but we really couldn’t ask for a better travel pup.
5- I didn’t expect how expensive the vet is, and how often the visits can be.
Obviously I knew we would have to take her to the vet, and I knew that vet visits wouldn’t be the cheapest. But I really didn’t except to have to take her as often as we have so far. In the last 10 months she’s been prone to many ear infections, some seasonal allergies, an eye so swollen she couldn’t even see, a full anal sac (if you have dogs, you know. If you’re getting a dog, you will know), an upset stomach, a bladder infection, and blood in her urine from a shot we shouldn’t have agreed to. Point blank, it’s been a lot. Not to mention regular routine check ups, mandatory shots, grooming visits, and monthly medicine. But at the end of the day, she is worth every penny.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I am totally a crazy dog mom. Bella is literally my child and I couldn’t image my life without her. I would do anything for her. Adopting a dog is a huge responsible, a major time commitment, and an investment. They ARE a part of the family and they deserve to be treated and loved like one. But adopting Bella is the best decision Andrew and I have made so far, she really helps complete our little family.
I’m curious, if you’re a crazy dog mom (or even a dog dad) leave a comment and let me know something YOU didn’t expect when you got your pup! #AdpotDontShop