The past couple of days have been a whirlwind! California for 3 nights, getting stuck at the El Paso airport for 3+ hours, a funeral, husband traveling for work and not to mention, a full time job. And you know what has kept me sane and smiling?
Before we got Ernie, the thought of staying overnight alone scared the crap out of me. Now Ernie is full grown at a measly 20lbs so I don't expect him to maul a burglar but he is my friend. Call me crazy but I talk to Ernie. I talk to him all the time, especially when Jon is traveling. I can't imagine not having something to cuddle with when I am the only one in bed or simply hearing him breathe to drown out the night noises (and yes he snores...loud....but I love it).
When he was a puppy, it was easier to get mad at him and yell because he needed to learn. Now it is different. He has grown up into the funniest, most stubborn and sweetest little pup I know. Ernie doesn't get mad at me when I leave him at home for 4 hours. Ernie doesn't get mad that he only gets fed once a day. He doesn't get mad when we put his ball away. So I try not to get mad at him. I once read in the 10 Commandments for Dogs that as humans, we have work, social life, pop culture, food, etc to appease us but our dogs only have us. This quote helped me get through the tough puppy weeks (FYI young puppies have to go out every 2-3 hours, they cry and whine at night, chew on your shoes and need to be watched 24/7). Dogs can't always understand why they are being punished, all they know is they've been rejected. With Ernie I have learned patience and I cannot thank him enough for that.
Ernie now has free reign of the house when we are gone. I can't remember if I've posted about his separation anxiety and being in his crate. Even leaving for 30 minutes, Ernie would be covered in saliva when we would return. This is new system is working out great for us. We leave on the TV for him (usually HGTV or NFL Network) and leave the front blinds open so he can look outside. Even when we are home, he sits and watches other dogs go by. I took this picture right after Jon left for a business trip.
Where's my dad?
Earlier this week Jon and I were talking about our future. When do we want to buy a house, where do we want to go on our next vacation, when do we want to have children. We both laughed at how much we missed Ernie on our trip to LA (don't make fun...I actually feel sad for people who don't have a relationship like this with their dogs) and can't imagine what it will be like when we have babies. If we love Ernie this much and he is a four legged stinky dog, I really can't wait to experience the love we will have for our very own children. I also love thinking about Ernie and our kiddos growing up together. He will be a hysterical big brother.
How adorable is this video?
I also wanted to share with you an article about a Labrador who lost his owner on the battlefields of Afghanistan. The dog refused to leave the side of the casket, mourning the loss of the Navy Seal. Thank you to my cousin Lindsay for sharing this heartbreaking and inspiring article.
I hope some of you can relate to this post. Dogs and pets in general are amazing creatures that bring so much joy to many people's lives.