Life Lessons from the Dog

We have a visitor this week. Our dog niece, Posey is staying with us while her parents (N’s brother + girlfriend) are on vacation. We’re thrilled to have her but adjusting from life with one dog to life with two has been a little more challenging than expected.

Meet Posey
Meet Posey

You see, Archie is the nicest dog in the world. Sure, I’m biased, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. I’ve never seen him growl and I’m not sure he knows how. He likes every person and every dog he’s ever seen. I have actually watched him kill a moth by swatting at it and then act super sad that it wouldn’t play with him. I feel like I’ve proved my point. He’s the nicest.

Archie Portrait
The. Freaking. Nicest.

And yet, Posey isn’t his biggest fan. She is a sweet dog and she’s dang cute (a little Dobby-ish, no?). But when he gets too rambuctious, she snaps at him. Normally this would freak me out a lot but he’s got 15 lbs. on her and she really couldn’t do any damage, even if she tried. Every time this happens Archie is clearly completely shocked and if he could talk he’d be yelling “BUT I’M SO NICE!” or “BUT EVERYONE LIKES ME!”. I know this because I’m his translator.

So while Archie has learned a life lesson, we’ve gotten a reminder also.

Not everyone is going to like you.

But I don't understand. I'm so nice!
But I don’t understand. I’m so nice!

This is definitely something I struggle with, in life and in blog world. It’s hard to accept. It may be harder in blog world because the person that someone doesn’t like might just be your online persona. They don’t know the real you. You can never convey the real you completely in 100 or even 500 blog posts.

This has also lead my to ponder all of the things that my sweet dog child has taught me.

The people who cleaned up your poo are the ones who love you most in the world. Thanks Mom and Dad.

Taking a walk is never a bad idea.

Sometimes good looks and charm can get you out of stuff. Archie is really cute when he misbehaves (examples here and here).

It’s perfectly acceptable to get really really excited about every meal. 

When you’re happy, show it. 

I’m so grateful to Archie for all that he’s brought to our lives. If anything, seeing Archie work so tirelessly for Posey’s affection has just made me love him more. He’s just so good-hearted.

We’ve also gotten some solid parenting experience. I feel like a Mom who just brought home her second child and is terrified that the first child will feel left out or neglected. I desperately try to give them both love and attention while reminding Archie that he’s still my baby boy. I’m relating to mommy bloggers on a whole new level.

Archie and Posey

I think it’s now pretty clear that this entire post was just an excuse to publish a crap ton of pictures of cute dogs. Sorry I’m not sorry.

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