Life Lessons From Our New Dog

Allow me to introduce you to our sweet new pup- Kali!

Getting a dog is something that Stephen and I have been toying around with for a long time. And finally, we just did it. 

Why now?

Well I read this about dogs, written by Ellen Kohn, and was just like "ummmm... Yes!":

"I believe they reach us telepathically using intuitive tools, choosing us as their partners because they know what their purpose is with us and how they can help us become better human beings and reach our ultimate goals in life." 

If you have a dog, or any pet, I'm sure you can agree with that statement!

Here are a few pics from the past few days:

Although she may look like a Bernese Mountain Dog, she is actually an Entlebucher (same family as Bernese, but she'll grow to be medium-sized, ~50lbs, and will have short hair).

It's been less than a week since we've had her, and admittedly it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows. 

I've cried. A lot. 

I think I was a little naive about the commitment of dealing with the pee, biting and energy of a puppy.

But is it worth it? 


And although we've only had her for less than a week, here are a few life lessons she's already taught/reinforced for me:

  1. It's OK to feel overwhelm (as long as you have the tools to deal with it)
  2. The amazing feeling of unconditional LOVE 
  3. Crying is a great release
  4. The importance of being 100% honest with your partner about how you feel and how/if you need help
  5. It's OK if your house is a disaster area (dirty dishes, dirty floors, things everywhere- the world won't end, right?)
  6. The importance of communication between you and your dog
  7. Cherishing each and every moment with her as a puppy (I secretly/not-so-secretly don't want her to grow!)
  8. A good walk and a good cuddle are two of the greatest things

Do you have any puppy tips?

If yes, I'd love to hear from you. Any stories, tips, tricks... send me an email at

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