It’s no secret that our one year old Golden Retriever, Lincoln, is the second love of my life. He is quite rambunctious and certainly spoiled, but he makes all of our days brighter. Every morning, as soon as our first alarm goes off, Lincoln puts his paws on Jordan’s side of the bed – he knows I won’t respond. Jordan pulls him up onto the bed and he snuggles right between us for a half hour. Are you kidding me with this bliss?!
Now that I’ve been his mom for almost one year, I have a lot of back pocket tips that I thought I would share. I know I wish someone would have told me all of these things. But before I dive into my wealth of puppy intuition, let me just say that Lincoln is, well, quite spirited. He is an absolute angel when he is home with Jordan and I, but the moment he sees other humans or dogs he acts like he’s on something. We’re working on it, but we are still in no place to make any sort of training recommendations – ha.
Chewy is your new best friend.
Dog food is not cheap, especially when you’re buying quality foods – which hopefully you are because your babe deserves the best! Dog food is also the worst to buy because you have to haul a 35-pound bag into your car and your house. Chewy is a dog supply Amazon, basically. We have Lincoln’s food on auto-ship so we receive a discounted price, but could cancel at any time. The food is delivered straight to our door, and never more than two days from ordering.
Plush toys have no place in a dog’s life.
After Lincoln obliterated the first plush toy in .5 seconds, we thought he was just overly excited about it. Then we gave him another, same story. For some reason, we continued purchasing our dog plush toys for several months and the situation never changed. I believe the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result – so we were insane.
Kong toys are the only toys you should ever buy.
Really nothing else to say. The only, and I truly mean only, toys that Lincoln cannot destroy are Kong. Don’t waste a penny on anything else.
De-lint your clothes right before you wear them.
Dog hair can drive you mad, if you let it. When we first got Lincoln I was trying to remove all of the dog hair before and after I laundered something. It. Never. Worked. Now, we just lint roll everything once we put it on. The clothes hanging in our closet have dog hair on them, yes. But we love Lincoln more than we hate dog hair.
Other people don’t love your dog as much as you do.
Sometimes they even mock the way you love your dog. Don’t be offended – they aren’t required to. Also, if they’ve never loved a dog you can’t really expect them to understand :)
Carrots, Ice Cubes and Bully Sticks = Life Savers
If you have people over or you’re desperate for a moment away from the pup, simply give him one of these things and they’ll be entertained for five minutes or so. We get our Bully Sticks from Bully Bundles – highly recommend!
So, maybe this isn’t everything I know about being a dog mom but it sure is a start. I can’t recommend this life more. We love you, Lincoln!
Image: Deidre Lynn Photography