If you’ve been reading for a while, you probably remember how excited I was when we adopted Buddy from the shelter. You probably also realize he has been missing from my posts.
I’m not sure if I ever really spoke about this, but he’s been living with my parents. While we trained Buddy to the best of our abilities, we just were not comfortable with having him around Maddux full time. He is a very spirited pup, we didn’t feel comfortable leaving him outside all the time by himself, and our house’s floor plan doesn’t really allow for a “dog space” away from a “baby space”.
Lately we’ve been discussing how and when we should introduce him back into our home. He does interact with Maddux at my mom’s, but I’m still just not sure I’m ready for them to be together all the time. Buddy needs a lot of attention and he loves to play with the other dogs at my parents’ house. We’ve toyed around with getting another dog to help Buddy with his neediness, but that seems counterproductive when it comes to having dogs around the baby. If anyone has ANY suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them. Seriously. ANY ideas.
Since I’ve been thinking about the Budster lately, I thought I’d share a post I originally wrote for Claire’s blog. These are life lessons via Buddy the dog. 🙂
Exercise Should Be Enjoyable
Every time I grab Buddy’s leash, it seems like he cannot contain his excitement. His tail wags, his body shakes, and he starts to howl. Shouldn’t we be just as excited for a chance to get moving? It would be great if every time I laced up my sneakers, I was just as happy to get up and get out there. Then, on days when I’m not taking him for a walk or a jog, he’ll take off running sprints in the backyard on his own. He doesn’t need a “running buddy” to get his workouts in. I honestly wish I was half as enthusiastic as my dog.
Stretching Is a Worthwhile Pastime
Not only does Buddy always get his workouts in, he also always makes time for stretching. Every single morning, the first the he does is hop out of bed for a long stretch. I barely remember to stretch when I’m actually working out, much less when I’m waking up. I bet it feels amazing to stretch yourself out first thing in the morning. Maybe I’ll try it!
Eat When You’re Hungry
Buddy never really eats if he isn’t hungry. He’ll go sniff at his bowl and walk away until later. He doesn’t eat out of boredom, frustration, or even “just because”. I think that is a huge lesson to learn for many of us out there. I know that I’ll go grab a handful of something just because it’s sitting on the counter. I need to take a page from Buddy’s book and only grab something to snack on if I’m actually hungry. That being said, Bud does know that there are times when treats are definitely okay. He can tear up some ice cream like nobody’s business! Buddy understands the importance of finding a healthy balance, for sure.
Loyalty Is an Important Trait
There are few things more important in life than loyalty. Think about the people you have in your life that you can truly trust. What if they didn’t give a darn about being loyal? Buddy understands this, and always has our back! That barking dog down the street? Bud’s watching him. That man walking down the road. Yep, Bud’s got it on lock. Buddy’s loyalty definitely manifests itself in his willingness to protect us. Now, I don’t know how much he could really do to keep us safe, but it’s the thought that counts!
Greet Everyone Enthusiastically
I wouldn’t recommend butt-sniffing others the way Buddy does, but it wouldn’t hurt to adopt that sort of mentality. He is always looking for a new friend. Everyone he meets might not reciprocate those positive feelings, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. Eventually, though, everyone he meets comes around. He’s just too happy-go-lucky to not love.
Always Make Time to Play
This is my favorite thing about Buddy. No matter what time it is, what we are doing, where we are… he’s ready to play! That kind of spirit is contagious. There are days when the last thing I want to do is smile, and somehow Buddy will get me to rolling on the floor laughing. Then we end up playing, and I forget how ticked off I was in the beginning. Owning Buddy truly brings out the playful side of us and brings us so much joy.
Ah! Just looking at these pictures depresses me. However, it motivates me to find a solution to our problem. Hopefully we can figure something out soon, because I’m sure my parents weren’t looking for a “forever” dog in our Buddy.
Now I’m off to play with Maddux, make dinner (thank goodness for weekend meal prep), and work out! What’s on your schedule for this evening?!