What 6 Months of Being a Dog Mom has Taught Me


This post is sponsored by La-Z Boy but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 


My whole life I wanted a dog, and when Adam and I had started dating over 10 years ago and I learned he always wanted a dog, I knew that one day we would become fur baby parents together. Taking in a rescue is a responsibility that means a lot to the both of us, and we knew that we would adopt a dog only when we were emotionally, physically, and financially ready to care for a puppy. We knew we wanted to rescue a dog because we support no-kill shelters and love that when you rescue a dog from a pound you are really rescuing 2 dogs (because you’re bringing one home and creating room for another stray dog to be brought into the shelter). 

Bowie is our fur baby, and being a dog mom is something that I take pride in. I don’t take the responsibilities that come with caring for him lightly, and I only ever want what’s best for him. Today, I’m sharing what being a dog mom has taught me so far (and sharing the details on Bowie’s dog bed we’ve gotten lots of compliments on over on our Instagram Stories). 









#1 There's no such thing as being too busy to play

No matter how long of a day I've had or how little of sleep I got the night before, Bowie will always have the energy to want to play. When we first brought Bowie home, we were all getting used to what life was like in our house (Bowie included).  We both knew that puppies have endless energy, but we had just no idea that they would never want to stop once you started playing. 

After hours of playing tug-of-war, tossing toys around trying to play catch, and keeping things from us in a game we like to call "keep away," Bowie would still be running circles around us wanting to keep playing. At first, this was overwhelming. Now, I know that it's just the way that he is and when he is ready to stop playing he will sit down or lay down or stop bringing the ball back to us and let us know when he's physically tired.  

#2 Sleeping in is overrated--we can take a nap later

Speaking of sleeping....who needs it?! 

Bowie loves getting up early and this is something which I actually really enjoy. I tend to get more done in the early mornings and would rather go bed at an early time, and luckily for me, Bowie likes this same schedule. We typically wake up around 5 o'clock in the morning, go for a little walk before the sun comes up, go to the bathroom, and then we go upstairs and Bowie will sit with me on the couch while I enjoy my first cup of coffee and watch television before I get started on my workday. On days when my work schedule will allow it, I like to take Bowie to the dog park early in the morning after he's had his breakfast. Doing this helps him exert so much of his energy so early in the day that Bowie finds himself wanting to play less which allows me to focus on my work while he rests.

Since we're on the same wavelength about getting up, we both tend to want to take a nap around the same time during the day too which is always a bonus! Bowie is a total love bug and enjoys curling up in a ball at my feet while I lay down for a nap. When he was really little, he used to lay on top of my feet and now, of course, he's too big for that so he will sleep on his dog bed while I take a nap.

#3 Patience can be learned and learned again

If you are thinking about getting a puppy and ask if I have any advice for you, I would ask you to really sit down and think about if you have the emotional and physical patience it requires to care for something that will require most if not all of your free time. 

Puppy training aside, such as potty training and learned basic commands, puppies can give you a headache. With as much joy as they bring you, if you are not in the right frame of mind or find yourself feeling on edge, the last thing you want to do is have the patience for a whining puppy. Dogs can read your energy, so if they can sense that you are tense they will mirror that and act tense right back at you. Patience is key when it comes to being a dog mom, and if you don't have it, you're in for a rude awakening. 

#4 It's okay to want to (re)claim your space

Bowie has made himself plenty comfortable and right at home since we first took him in. While I love that he’s comfortable and adjusting to our home, it is always a little bit of a bummer when I walk in the bedroom to find him taking a nap sprawled out across the bed and taking up almost all of my space. It’s adorable, don’t get me wrong, but if I come in to take a nap and want to nap with him, I have to scoot him off the bed and neither of us is happy (because he will just sit at the edge of the bed staring at me with his puppy dog eyes until I tell him he can come back up on the bed with me). Reclaiming my space has become a priority especially when it comes to napping, so we thought the best solution to that would be to give Bowie a dedicated and comfortable place to sleep right next to us that isn’t on the bed. Our La-Z Boy pet bed has been the best solution to reclaiming both sides of the bed and allows all of us to take a nap at the same time (and gives Bowie a space to relax that is all his own and is just as comfortable as our bed). 

Our plaid La-Z Boy pet bed is adorable and fits right into our more monochromatic bedroom decor. The black and white plaid is classic. The quality was really the key part that mattered to me, though, because even if a bed is cute it still may not be right for my fur baby but his La-Z Boy pet bed provides comfort and support that he would get from sleeping on our bed but without the discomfort that it can give us. His bed is large enough that he can sleep on his side which is his preferred sleeping style. It’s also easy to clean and has a removable outer cover that I can just toss in a machine and wash—which is key considering Bowie loves going to the dog park to run around in the dirt and grass and then plopping down in his La-Z Boy pet bed to relax once he comes home. 

Once we got Bowie his La-Z Boy pet bed, he started sleeping better than he was while he slept on the floor and it gave me an opportunity to nicely boot him from our bed so that Adam and I have our space back on our mattress without feeling guilty because Bowie’s sleeping just as luxuriously as we are!

#5 You can never give enough belly scratches

When Adam and I first started dating, the one real issue that we faced at the start of our relationship was that I was never really that affectionate. Growing up, I never liked giving anyone a hug or sitting close to someone. Once I started dating, I never wanted to hold hands or show any signs of what some people would call a public display of affection as it made me uncomfortable. With time and lots of patience on his part, I warmed up to the idea of being more affectionate after I started dating Adam. Truly, he has made me a more loving and caring person, and I am absolutely a more affectionate person now than I was before I met him. 

That need for affection absolutely ties into Bowie, and like I have mentioned he is an absolute love bug and will lick you, hug you, and lay on top of you if you allow him to and over the months I have come to really love it and I enjoy scratching his belly, rubbing his ears, and giving him all the pats on the head. I can't speak for other dogs, but being Bowie's dog mom has made me an even more affectionate person and I love our cuddle time! 

#6 You'll never be the same again--you're a dog mom for life!

My entire life I have wanted a dog, and luckily, I ended up with a guy who felt the same way! Adam and I never really felt as though we needed to have children of our own and that if anything we would find ourselves parenting a fur baby. For years, we had opportunities to adopt a dog but the situation was never right. Maybe we were renting somewhere that didn’t allow dogs or we weren’t financially ready to take on the big responsibilities that come with owning a puppy. But before I turned 30, I told Adam that I was ready to adopt a dog and we agreed we would be on the lookout to rescue our fur baby and when we saw him we would just know it was him. And we were right! We saw an online listing for Bowie when he was up for adoption at the rescue shelter, and later that day, Adam and I got in the car and drove to the other side of the city to pick him up and things have not been the same since! Bowie is our little guy and we love him so much, and while I’ve only been a dog mom for 6 months now I feel as though my life was leading up to this and that he was meant to be in our lives and to be my first fur baby. 

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  1. Oh my goodness, Bowie is adorable! We are big dog fans, and most of our dogs have been rescues. We had one that was a senior dog, and it was great knowing that we could give her a loving family for her last couple of years of life (though it was really sad not getting more time with her!). We just got a new rescue puppy last week, named Gracie, and we're in love!

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    1. Thank you! Dogs really are the best and we humans truly don't deserve their love! Congrats on welcoming little Gracie!

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  2. I hear you because I have been changed by my dogs. I would love to live on a farm and have an assortment of animals.

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    1. Having Bowie has definitely changed me for sure so I hear you! But I don't think I would survive on a farm lol I'm a city girl at heart

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  3. This must have been such an adventure! I love that having a dog has allowed you to gain new perspectives on a lot of things.

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  4. I was a cat person until I hit my adult years. Now I absolutely love my dogs and make time to play, even as the workaholic that I am.

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  5. So sweet. This looks like a comfy bed for dogs. I only have kitties, but they've taught me a lot too!

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    1. Did you see some of the La-Z Boy cat beds? They're adorable!

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  6. What a super cute dog! I love being a dog mom (to two boys!) and I can tell you do, too.

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  7. Dogs are such a precious part of family life. I feel blessed every day to have our Diesel Dog. He showers us with love, happiness and loyalty. We love and cherish him beyond words!

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  8. These are such cute images!! I would love to get a dog but my younger daughter is still a bit timid around them.

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    1. I know what you mean. Maybe when she is older?

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  9. We only have goldfish lol because we travel so often and didn't think it was fair to ask an animal to adapt to our crazy lives. Every once in a while I see one that makes me rethink that decision. (Rena)

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  10. These are pretty nice lessons you have in a short span of time. I guess being a dog parent is wonderful. It feels great taking care of someone doesn't it?

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  11. Dogs are such a joy to be around. We have a few back in my hometown and we've been thinking about getting one for our son here. Soon, I hope. Bowie is adorable, btw.

    -LYNNDEE

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  12. I love my dog cuddles. It is my favorite when I am lying on the couch watching tv and I have a cat and dog snuggling on me.

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  13. Having a pet is just like having a child. You have to be physically, emotionally, and financially ready.

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  14. You sound like an awesome dog mom. Love all of these things you shared that you learned.

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  15. We have a fur baby but he's an adorable cat. We love him so much and yes, you're right, once you become a dog mom or a cat mom like myself, it stays for life!

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  16. Your dog is adorable! I have a toddler and she sooo wants a dog or a cat, but I always thought that having pets is like having another baby and you have just confirmed that for me lol. I would love to get her a puppy someday, when she is older and I don't feel like I have two little babies to take care of .

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  17. Your dog is so beautiful! My kids have been asking me to adopt a pet. I am not quite ready yet but I had two dogs in the past, really enjoyed my role as a dog mom.

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