July 21, 2014

Puppy Love

{Photos by Zach; wearing Zara shorts via Bayshore, Alex & Ani bracelets}

"I can't do this anymore. My pet days are over." I remember saying when Turbo passed away.

Flash forward to a year later, I got a puppy and now I seem to be with child. There are obvious differences such as I won't ever have to pay for my child's tuition fee or throw them birthday parties. But similar with the responsibilities of motherhood, I reward him for good behavior and scold him for bad behavior, I now get up around 6am each day to take him out to pee- or else if his bladder is too full and he gets excited he will accidentally pee on the floor. Like a toddler, I have to constantly watch what he is eating off the ground and make him spit it out when I catch him. Like a teenager, I have to make sure he gets enough stimulation and exercise that he doesn't get bored and destroy the house when I am at work.

Last week my electronic bark collar came in the mail. I bought it in hopes to train him not to bark at night. Before activists refer me as Kim Jong-un and comparing my dog's situation to living in North Korea, I want you to know that I put the collar myself and tested it first to see if it would be safe for my dog- If that's not love, I don't know what is.

In exchange of me taking care of him, my dog follows me everywhere. He follows me to do laundry in my basement, watches me fold clothes, sleeps right outside my bedroom floor instead of on his expensive dog bed I bought him, and accompanies me on aimless drives in which he'd stick his small, furry head out the window and stick his tongue out like he's at a 80's rock concert, "Geeze, we're only going to the bank" I would say to my dog. But he doesn't care where he goes, as long as he's with me.

The attention of owning a puppy is also addictive. When kids ask to pet my dog and comment on his looks, I have a pride of accomplishment as if I am somehow responsible for his size and stature. I take the compliment as if I'd personally designed him to look and act the way he is.

Admittedly I visited this dog a couple of times and swayed back and forth on the decision before adopting him. I wasn't sure if I am ready to handle a 10+ year commitment. "Gosh, that's longer than most modern marriages" I told my dad over the phone. It's not just the length of the commitment, it's also a commitment to take care of a living thing whose quality of life is completely dependent on you.

But comes the responsibility also comes the reward. Dogs wear their heart on their sleeve and they aren't afraid to show how much they love you. Their tails wag and they pant with joy whenever you return, regardless to being absent for 2 hours or 2 days. It's the unconditional love that they don't care how much money you have, how you look or what you can do for them- They love you anyway. I think I finally understand how a dog can be your best friend.

30 comments:

  1. Your dog is sweet... I've never owned one but I can see how sweet it can be to have something love you so much... they are a great deal of work but worth it ♡

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  2. This post make me want to get over my fear of dogs and get myself a puppy.
    I love how proactive you are about people judging you on the bark collar.
    He is so cute and you both look happy in this pictures.

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  3. He is so handsome--and lucky to have landed with such a considerate owner. My dad's neighbor used to throw things at his dog at night to quiet him down. I don;t like to think about it so soon, but my next dog will be a small breed. When our border collie was tiny, my wife kept inviting her to jump up on her--and I kept telling her not to. Now that she's getting bigger, she still wants to jump up on people. No one wants other people's (big) dogs jumping on them.

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  4. Your dog is so adorable! My boyfriend and I are in a similar dilemma at the moment - we're not sure whether to commit to getting a dog or not but we really want to after we sorted our flat out. As you said, a pet's life quality is solely dependent on the owner and I really want it to be the best possible.
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  5. PUPPYYYYY!!! LOOK AT THAT SMILE! GOSH I want a pup! Anyway love those shorts too, was eyeing myself last week in Zara lol

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  6. The cutest thing ever...I love dogs in my life so far I´ve had 4. I have one right now and she is amazing...its sad to see them go..and I vow to myself this is the last time i´m going through this...yeah right! Its just a great feeling to teach them and recieving their unconditional love. Btw love your shorts!

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  7. I LOVED reading this post, Julie. Janga is such a cutie.

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  8. That top looks so flowy and delicate, paired with those shorts is perfection!

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  9. Your dog looks sooooooo cute!!! What's his name & what type of breed is he? Hehehe…
    I guess what you're saying about petting a dog is true, although I don't have one but I see many people pet dogs and they get affectionate with their dogs and that kind of stuff hahaha :D

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  10. This makes me miss my English Bully, Bruno. He died a year ago. I remember saving him from drowning in the flood last year because of a typhoon that hit Manila.

    Anyway, loooove your shorts in this post and how casual yet glam you look! :)


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  11. You guys look adorable!

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  12. Love needs no language :)

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  13. What's the dog's name? When I read the line about you being with child, I was like WAIT! Are you pregnant??!! Haha.

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  14. Aw I'm so glad you're happy with this new puppy! I've got a dog who's 17 this year, and I dont know how Im going to get used to not having her around when she goes!

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  15. D'aww! I especially love that last photo.
    I wish I was committed enough to raise a puppy. The dogs we had while growing up were older dogs we adopted, so they were easier to care for. Your pup looks so happy to be with you. :)

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  16. Aw your doggie is so cute! Loving your simple yet chic outfit as well xx

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  17. awww your dog is so cute! I felt the same after my dog passed away 2 years ago :( I still feel unsure if I'm ready for another dog because of the commitment, but I love dogs so much. I would also adopt for sure if I decided to get one. too many dogs without homes :( seems like youre enjoying the company of your new dog though! :)

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  18. I could see me wearing your outfit <3

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  19. I know how you feel. I can't tell you how much I love my dogs!
    There loyalty is second to none.
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  20. wow everything is just so beautiful

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  21. I love your outfit! That blouse is so pretty and your doggy so cuuuute!!! :D

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  22. Aww this is too adorable! I feel the same about my 2 cats <3

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  23. Adorable--I've always wanted a dog!! You two look very sweet together :) Also love those Zara shorts (I bought a pair too)!

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  24. Lovely pink blouse and cute dog, I like.
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  25. I love your shorts and your dog and you look very lovely together;)

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  26. Awww. I know exactly, exactly, exactly what you mean. Hope to see more of him!

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  27. Your puppy sounds so sweet following you everywhere and being so blissed to have your love and care which he could not get from his previous owner. I'm glad you take such good care of him!

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  28. Awww your dog looks so cute and you loo gorgeous in those photos!
    I love puppies too! They do show how much they love their owners!

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  29. He is so cute! Seems like your getting him to be a well behaved little guy =]
    Love your shorts!
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