I’m a dog mom.
We have three dogs, all rescues, at home. I get a kick out of the fact that we’re an interracial couple and we have three black and white dogs. That wasn’t the plan, but I’m happy with how it worked out.
My first year Dog Parenting Mistakes
Our first year of having dogs was amazing. It was my idea to adopt two puppies from the same litter, it was Johan’s big heart that helped him go along with a terrible idea. Because we’re both stubborn and curious, we did a lot of research and were 90% prepared, which made that first year a lot easier. But I still made mistakes…
- I got impatient when they wouldn’t listen.
- I didn’t do enough research on dog food.
- I almost fed them grapes and I let Rodrigo lick a little champagne on New Years.
- I allowed myself to be intimidated by our veterinarian.
- I didn’t clip their nails often enough.
What I learned during my second year of Dog Parenting
- Blogging gives you courage, a community, and a ton of information.
- Every dog parent makes mistakes.
- Losing a dog is the most painful experience in my life to date.
- We had room and time for a third dog.
- The dog park isn’t a great place for our pack.
- And dog parents have a right to an opinion.
What gives me the right to write about raising dogs?
Well, I’ll tell you. Host Gator, WordPress, and being a dog mom to four dogs. There are three dogs sleeping all around me as I type and one sweet puppy who isn’t far from my thoughts every day. I didn’t start Keep the Tail Wagging to tell people how they should raise their dogs; I started it, because I wanted to be part of a community of dog lovers who shared their successes and failures in dog parenting. And that’s what I found.
I love blogging, I love dogs, I love photography and I love that I’m part of a community where I can have an opinion. Where I can say that I like Cesar Milan even though I don’t follow his training methods. I love that the idea of me celebrating our dogs birthdays is normal. And I love that when I’m worried about one of our dogs – my readers and this amazing dog community doesn’t go to that dark place and terrify me – instead, they’re warm, supportive, and great friends.
I have no idea what I’m doing most days, but I know I’m not doing it alone.
Dog lovers rock! And I want to say thank you so very much for allowing me to be a part of this community. And if you’re visiting for the first time – welcome!
So what are your thoughts – this is your chance to say anything you want (as long as it’s not cruel or inhumane) about dog parenting without judgment. Let’s do this!