Today wraps up our Our Adoption Story week on the blog. We’ve been celebrating Duke’s adoption this week in honor of October being Adopt a Dog Month.
So far this week we’ve featured: a bit about the rescue process and who the rescue organization, pictures from when we adopted Duke, and background on his name.
So today I wanted to share some of the ways that our lives have changed since Duke joined the family:
- I clean the house SO much more.
I didn’t own a broom or a vacuum before we brought Duke home. Now, I spend at least 2 hours a week cleaning out 500 sq. foot apartment. Needless to say, I now have both a broom & a vacuum and a weekly cleaning schedule. Duke isn’t a big dog and he doesn’t have a lot of hair, but it somehow ends up everywhere. Props to all of you who have big, hairy, or multiple dogs! Did I also mention I have a white couch? Thank goodness it’s a slipcover!
- We laugh a lot more.
Duke is a funny dog. He always has us cracking up. Whether it is when we videotape him playing fetch in slow motion or watching him leap across the room after the Kong, he’s got such personality. We just learned today he likes jumping on the bed! He’s just plain adorable most times too which puts a huge smile on my face.
- We go through A LOT more peanut butter.
Duke gets a peanut butter filled Kong every morning when I leave for work. Factor in how many PB&Js we eat and we’re going through a jar a week. (Shoutout to Teddie Peanut Butter, we love you!)
- We’re both more active & less active people.
We’re less active in the sense that I’m not as likely to go out with friends after work because I don’t want Duke to be home for that long (it would mean 12+ hours alone for him, no way would I let that happen). But since there’s two of us, one of us can go out after work on Friday night and we make it work.
We’re more active in the physical sense. We take walks with Duke that we never did before. We also want to spend as much time on the weekends with him, so we’re spending more time outdoors, hiking, going to the beach, and finding dog-friendly activities (which are usually free or cheap, hidden plus!) This means more adventures & quality time for the two of us too.
- It takes me longer to leave the house.
Which means I can be late to work if I don’t watch it! You’ve got to take him out to the bathroom one last time, prep the Kong, hide anything that he can put in his mouth (I mean EVERYTHING), close off the rooms he can’t go in, and make sure the heater/air conditioner is set to keep him comfy.
- I have to be fastidious about keeping anything he could eat out of his reach.
Which basically means I’ve had to childproof the place. All small objects out of reach, childproof locks on cabinets, cleaning supplies hidden, and all food up high instead of on the counters. He’ll get bored when we’re away and chew on anything (furniture excluded, thank goodness).
- The bed is crowded.
I hate to admit it, but Duke sleeps with us in bed. He doesn’t even stay at the bottom of the bed like he should. I often wake up with his head on my pillow, which is kind of a sweet way to wake up since he’s such a cuddler. I can actually cuddle him like a teddy bear when we fall asleep.
- It can be stressful and also stress relieving.
For us, it’s only really stressful when Duke eats something he’s not supposed to. Especially trash. 😦 Or when the vet tells us he needs $500 worth of work and we have to decide what is actually necessary and what we can afford. But he’s a stress reliever much more than he a stress creator! There’s nothing like coming home to cuddle with our sweet boy after a hard day or a great day.
- I’m happier!
Duke helps me feel less lonely when Sam’s not home, helps me relax and de-stres, and makes me laugh – all of which make me a happier person.
And of course the positives ALWAYS outweigh the not so nice parts. I just wanted to share some of the less obvious ways in which our lives have changed. I think everyone knows that you’ll spend more money but always have someone greet you at the door, but a dog impacts a lot more than that too. It’s been a lifestyle change in many ways, and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!
Q: How has your life changed in unexpected ways since you brought a pet into your home? By no means is this list exhaustive!
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