If you told me ten years ago that I would not only have a dog, but proudly call myself a dog mom, I would have said you were crazy. Growing up, I was the furthest thing from a dog person, in fact I was really afraid of them for a long time. I honestly can’t remember when the switch flipped, but at some point I realized all that I was missing out on. My husband had never had a dog either, but after he started his job at a big law firm and we realized how many hours he would be working, we decided it was time to look into adding a new four-legged member to our family.
After a ton of research and a lengthy application process (including a home visit and providing references), we finally got to meet Bones and his sisters. A wonderful organization called Eve’s Sanctuary rescued Bones’ mom from a bad situation when she was pregnant, and helped her give birth to three healthy pups. When we went to meet them, they were ten weeks old, and although I wasn’t sure which one I wanted, my husband had already decided on the boy. Fortunately, he was the one we connected with the most, so we decided to bring him home. Let me tell you, life with a puppy is crazy. They’re adorable, but they’re also very needy and impulsive. It was a struggle in the beginning, but we eventually found our groove.
Now, Bones is three years old and nineteen pounds. Anyone who has met him will tell you he has a lot of personality and isn’t afraid to express himself. As much as he frustrates me sometimes, (like when he wants to eat everything on the street), I truly can’t imagine life without him. There’s nothing like seeing his tail wag when I get home after work, or having him run to me when we pick him up after a weekend away. Although, I really enjoy traveling, it’s so hard to be away from him, and I get super excited when the doggy daycare posts pictures on their Facebook page. His picture is on the lock screen of my phone and on my desk at work. 95% of the photos on my husband’s phone are of me and Bones snuggling on the couch (see below). I love him so much that I can feel my heart overflowing when I think about it. He is my baby, and I know that a lot of parents take issue with dog moms using that word, but it’s not meant to be a comparison. It’s just an expression of the incredible connection we feel with our pups who are such a big part of our lives. I get that this might be difficult to understand unless you’ve felt it, I certainly didn’t understand before Bones, and that’s okay.
Having a dog (especially in the city) is a lot of work, and it definitely affects your lifestyle. But, that unconditional love and companionship is totally worth it. On the nights my husband works late, I’m much less lonely with Bones by my side. It’s also forced me to be more active and more social too. I’ve met some amazing people through their dogs, an added bonus I didn’t expect.
I’m so lucky to be a dog mom, and I’m also incredibly grateful to my mom who has really opened her heart to Bones. She wasn’t so sure about him at first, but she saw how important he was to me and gave him a chance. They’ve become best friends and it’s one of countless reasons my mom is the absolute best and we are both so lucky to have her!
So, Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms and mother figures, whether your kids have four legs or two!
If you have any questions about adopting a dog or being a dog mom, feel free to leave them a comment below. For more pictures of Bones, follow him on Instagram!