Okay, obviously this is no news to any of you if you see any of my posts on instagram that I am in face obsessed with my dog, my saving grace? Meet him and you will be too. He’s taught me so much, and there are so many reasons people will tell you not to get a dog in your twenties, especially a puppy. Here’s my top 6, and I guarantee you’ll look back on the decision and realize it was the best thing you’ve ever done. Don’t believe me? You will, there’s a reason why dogs are man’s best friend.
I had always wanted a dog growing up, my neighbors had them, my cousins had them, and I loved them. But it still wasn’t the same as having my own. I thought my parents were just being unreasonable and stubborn. Then as I got older and could financially make the decision to get one, there wasn’t a decision. And just like that, fur baby Gatsby was mine.
- People will tell you, they’re a lot of work. Yes, there is NO DOUBT about that. But what people also don’t tell you is that it’s the most rewarding work you’ll ever do. It was so fun taking Gatsby to puppy classes and having him get so excited to learn. And it was even better to take your 4 month old puppy out and not walk him on a leash and have him listen to your commands- sit, stay, lay down. The basics!
2. You’ll create a bond you never knew existed. Along with a true understanding of unconditional love. Let’s face it adulting is hard. Everything changes in your life, and the dog? Well, they’ll be there for it all. The after college depression where you have no choice but to try this adulting thing out (over 2 years later i’m still trying over here people.) But the hard days, where you want to quit life, you had no idea why your boss was so frustrated with you, or a boy was mean to you, again. Walk in the door and he’s SO EXCITED and there was no one else who he’d want to see come through that door.
3. It’s expensive, yes, dogs aren’t “cheap.” But with that being said, you will always find a way, cause you know there isn’t a different way. It will teach you to be responsible with your finances and making different priorities for where your income goes. I got Gatsby from a breeder, so I paid the bucks for him. But there are so many different options like rescuing a pup- or even a little older dog, where you can get every benefit from having a dog without paying top dollar.
4. They will teach you responsibility. You don’t have a choice but to make time for them, you decided to get them, they did not decide to pop into your life. And if you decide not to spend time with them all day, they’ll be bouncing off the walls all night. You want to go out with your friends right after work? Oh whoops, sorry guys I’ll meet up with you later because I have to let out the dog. You wanna go straight home after a long day? Well sorry, your dog needs food. You make it work, cause you love them and it’s suddenly not a burden or a chore. It’s life.
5. You’ll create a new fashion style: dog hair. I have a golden retriever, so obviously you can’t run from the hair. A lint roller? Yeah that’s a nice thought but have you had a north face vs. a golden? I’ll let your imagination wander on who will always win that one. You want to sit in the back seat of my car in a black or dark shirt? Fine, by all means, but I’ll hand you the lint roller as you get out. At work people who don’t know Gatsby (they exist) will tell me I’m shedding. I laugh, and wave my white flag.
6. You’ll always have someone to do something with. My new favorite places to go are dog friendly ones! Restaurants, activities, you name it. I use Gatsby as an excuse to do (or not do) so many things. “Sorry I can’t I have to hangout with my dog” seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life.
All in all, I love my fur baby more than life itself and should probably include him in my will now that I think about it…
~ XOXO, Amanda & Gatsby