I Must Confess…5 things I’ve learned about pets
As you no doubt know by now, we are the proud owners of two of the cutest creatures on earth. Our pug babies, Evie and Mandie.
I love them to bits – I guess if you follow me on social media that will come as no surprise, given the number of photos I have shared!
However, there are a few things that have surprised me about pet ownership and I wanted to confess my naivety to you all today.
1. The pugs have a better diet than we do. They honestly do. I put more effort into making their dinners of pureed vegetables, mince and rice than I do with ours, which usually involves putting oven baked goods into the oven to bake. The pugs are undoubtedly receiving more nutritional value than the rest of the family combined…sad but true.
2. The kids have been relegated to second division. I’m ashamed to admit that in this initial week, at least, the pugs have claimed most of my attention. They are officially the babies of the house now and have required a lot of attention in this first week, from toileting to grooming to feeding and play. The poor kids have been forced to do a little more for themselves – which, on reflection, may not be a totally bad thing 😉
3. There is hair. SO MUCH HAIR. And smell. And poo. And wee. I think toilet training a puppy is so much more work that toilet training a toddler. Plus there’s all the chewing on everything. None of this is a huge surprise but I guess I’m surprised at just how full-on it all is. And did I mention the hair and the smell? I honestly don’t recall ever cleaning this house as much as I have in the last week…
4. The pugs have been so very well behaved, testament to the wonderful breeder we were lucky enough to adopt them from. There has been no whining at night. There’s been very few accidents in their crate. And there’s been very little troubling behaviour from either of them. They are happy to be with each other or sit near us or soak up time with the kids – whatever is on offer at the time. They have beautiful temperaments and are just gorgeous to be around.
5. Despite all the work and disruption to family life, the pugs bring a smile to all our faces everyday. Even to Gilbert’s. I knew having pets would be a good thing for the family but I didn’t realise they would have such an immediate effect. Already we are having less screen time, spending more time outside and laughing and smiling more as a family. I’m loving watching the kids develop their own sort of relationships with the pugs – it’s truly beautiful to witness 🙂
It’s only been a week and I’m sure there will be more revelations along the way but these are the things I know about pet ownership right now.
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