Teddy recently passed the eight month mark, which also means that I’ve had him for over six months. In some ways I feel like I was just picking him up in Grand Central and staying up for basically two weeks straight with a crying puppy and in other ways I feel like he’s always been mine.
Eight months has brought some amazing changes to Teddy and our relationship. (It doesn’t hurt that the change in weather corresponded with his growing up.)
Now, I fully admit that I got completely lucky with him. He has a great disposition. 100% potty trained. He sits on command and doesn’t jump anymore when the doorbell rings. He’s amazing with kids, adults, and especially with other dogs. (And I take zero credit for any of that. Really, this might be the only case where I attribute sheer luck to a situation.)
Teddy and I have a great time together and he has completely won over my heart and converted me to a full fledged crazy dog lady. Once I know what my next step is in life, and hopefully I’ll have a better idea come the end of September, I really want to get another dog. I imagine that I’ll have to wait a few years… when my travel schedule slows down and when I can afford a bigger apartment or to buy a house out of the city. (Life.)
Beyond just making me completely obsessed with any and all dogs, he’s seriously made me a better person. I know SO many people in my neighborhood, get up early to walk for 40 minutes in the morning, take serious breaks from the computer/work, and take myself and work less seriously– in a good way.
The whole puppy stage was extremely difficult and while I’m glad we’re mostly in the clear of the hard stuff, I do look back and think it made me fall in love with him in a deep way. Funny how that works. (I also believe that’s why puppies are so darn cute, otherwise you’d give up on them!)
When I say that Teddy is the highlight of my life right now, it would still be an understatement. Whether he’s resting his head on my feet while I work or we’re out walking around the neighborhood, I LOVE having him be a part of my life.
Those eyes! He’s cute in photos, but I swear he’s even cuter in person. The little guy has a massive personality.