Last week, I decided to get myself a puppy because I have just got myself a new house and I don’t have anyone to be with (aside from my spouse and baby). I choose to adopt a puppy instead of buying one directly from a pet store not because I’m broke (sort of), but because I know that I’m saving a life than just simply buying one.
As I am walking on this long corridor full of dogs cages of different age and breed, one pup caught my eye. A golden retriever mix who is just sitting there on the corner of his cage while looking at me in the eye. The moment I looked back at him, I knew right away that that pup is destined for me. So I did the next logical thing to do: I took him out right away, processed the payments and papers, and went right back into my car. From that point onwards, my life changed.
My spouse is pleased when I took the pup home, and he immediately gave her a name, “Muffins’. It sounds wrong to me but I don’t want to argue with my spouse so we did go with that. Now, a week has passed since we have Muffins with us, and there are a lot of things that I have learned about having an extra fluffy four-legged member in my family.
Choosing the Best Puppy For You
Actually, I’d like to skip this part because I choose Muffins on a whim, but I was lucky that she is the kind of dog that is perfect for my lifestyle. I did a lot of research about golden retrievers and I found out that they are very docile, smart, and active, which makes a great companion for kids. Which is mostly the traits I am looking for when it comes to dogs.
I heavily suggest to evaluate first your lifestyle and choose the dog (or pup for this matter) before getting one. Always remember, there is always a perfect companion for every kind of household, and knowing first what you need for a pup is the best way to have your ideal dog.
Love at First Sight
Just like what happened to me and Muffins, it is always hard to resist those cute beady eyes looking at you and calling you to pet them. It’s like a compelling force enchanted me to get her, charming me for her way out of the rescue center (which I say Muffins got me there). My spouse too has the same situation with her, as he fell in love with Muffins the moment my he lays his eyes on the dog.
We kept her, period, and I can say that a lot of first-time dog owners experienced it too. Just be warned, there is no more irresistible force in this world than a puppy looking at you in the eye, begging for your care.
Cute Puppy: Cuddly Puppy
I myself and my spouse always love cute and huggable things (evident by my stuffed toy collection), and adding Muffin into our household made our life more enjoyable. I usually tend to play with her with every chance I got, feed her personally all the time and even sleep with her (my spouse finds it adorable). Muffin is one of my stress relievers and having her around biting off my socks and running away with it totally makes my day.
They Will Steal Your Heart
Oftentimes, my spouse pays more attention to her than on me (which sometimes makes me feel jealous). I totally understand that because he hasn’t totally moved on yet (he had a pug who died 2 years ago whom he really loves) and Muffins gradually fills in the gaps in my spouse’s heart. Muffins literally stole his heart and help him recover from that tragedy by just simply being with him every time my spouse is at home and following him wherever he went.
Cute Puppy: A Buddy for my Baby
My firstborn baby, Nathan, is also enamored with Muffins. Since Muffins is a part Golden retriever, she has this penchant of always sticking with her owners as much as possible. Always looks for affection from us. If Muffins see that I and my spouse is busy, she will go beside baby Nathan and cuddle up with him. Baby Nathan in return hugs her gently and feeling her breathing is like a lullaby for him to sleep. Sometimes, Muffins also stops baby Nathan from crying by just simply lying beside him. Having a dog as a buddy for your baby is one of the greatest things you will ever do to help the growth of your baby.
I am very thankful that Muffins came into our lives. She brightens up our home and relieves our stress especially from our daily job. Having a pup around the house can be at times confusing and tedious especially on its first few days in the house. But all of it pays off once the pup gets comfortable. It is always fun to have Muffins around, and I will make sure to raise her together with baby Nathan, and fill them with all the love they deserve.