One of my very first posts on this blog was about how much I love and appreciate dogs. Not just because they are downright adorable – but because they love you unconditionally, and really are a “mans best friend”. Dogs have always brought me a special sense of comfort and every since I started college three years ago, I have been planning and literally dreaming about getting my own puppy. After 6 months of hard work, research and saving I have finally reached the point where it can happen.
Unforuntately, a lot of people tried to convince me that getting a puppy was a bad idea. For example.. my dad was worried about vet bills becoming too expensive and some of my friends were convinced I wasn’t aware of how big of a responsibility it was. And I’m not going to lie, hearing these worries and doubts definitely made me doubt the idea myself.. but after a lot of thought, I decided to go with my gut feeling which was that I deserve a puppy, I am capable of the responsibility and 100% ready for it. I trusted that I knew what was best, and decided to ignore any of the doubts and go with what I felt was right. And I did.
Last Thursday, I picked up my new puppy Cooper and brought him home with me. He is a 3 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and after one week, he has already become an extremely special addition to my life in Boston. I am very lucky that he happens to be extremely well behaved, smart and too cute for words. I am proud of myself for making the right decision and proving to myself that I am fully capable, and that I just am the type of person that will always need a dog in my life no matter what. I also think this is the perfect time for me to raise a puppy, since I am in classes and not working full time so I have plenty of time to spend looking after him while he’s little.
There is something so powerful about being able to trust yourself to make the right decisions. A couple years ago, if someone doubted my ability to take care of a dog and expressed that to me, I would of immediately assumed they were right and would of let their opinion sway mine. The fact that I felt confident enough to go with what I knew I was capable of, happens to be a really great feeling. If you take anything from this post, other than admiring how cute Cooper is, then take this: don’t let other people’s opinions and judgements define yours. Do you, and trust yourself to make the right decisions.