One year on
“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole” – Roger Caras
Exactly a year ago today we picked Kira up and I think this quote is so true. Nothing really changed in my life other than getting a dog. We still live in the same house, I still teach at the same school but my life feels fuller, better, happier.
Having Kira makes the house seem fuller (I realise it is technically, we have a german shepherd…they take up a lot of room). But what I mean is that come home to a dog is so different to come home to an empty one. Kira is always so excited to see me home. She runs around the tables, tries to jump up to say hello and is desperate for a cuddle. She can have been left for several hours and she would rather say hello to me than go out for a wee or have a treat.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than himself” – Josh Billings
Having Kira has been great but it’s also been harder than I thought. The first few weeks we had heard I was worried we were doing things wrong. I was probably overprotective and more careful than I needed but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Training her seemed so easy at first and then it seemed to hit a wall, then go backwards. This is normal! But also when she gets something, when we improve the sense of accomplishment is amazing! Even if she doesn’t do it with me but with Al it’s great. Training a dog isn’t just about the dog or the owner, it’s about both of you working as a team.
Getting a dog changes your life, in small ways that make a big difference. Having a dog is fun and makes me smile every day, even the bad ones. She might of only been in our lives for a year but it feels like a life time and I can’t wait to make more memories with her!