Our Adopt Don’t Shop Story

I was supposed to go to Rhode Island this past weekend for a quick getaway, but plans changed fast.

My boyfriend and I moved in together a couple months ago. But before we even had the conversation about moving in, we were talking about getting a dog. I’m a huge animal lover and have wanted a dog since I graduated college. I had a couple of set backs on my journey to adoption.

One reason being that I didn’t have enough space, money, or time for a while and I knew it was unfair at that point in my life to get a dog. Another setback being, I’ve been bitten in the face twice by two separate dogs on two separate occasions that required a significant amount of stitches – really, that was just bad luck. And lastly, the dog I grew up with passed away not too long ago and it really hit me hard.

But still, we talked about getting a dog for a while and the longer we lived together the more and more we started looking at adoption sites. I had volunteered at a shelter when I first graduated and on Wednesday of last week the most perfect dog became available for adoption. We initially thought we would adopt her and come back to get her after the trip, but that wasn’t really realistic as we would have a hard time leaving her alone after falling in love with her.

I was a little panicky the first couple days, as seems to be the trend with big decisions. We are going to be responsible for this little pup for the rest of her life, I just was nervous we were taking a step a little too early. But we are finally beginning to get settled with her, even though we are facing typical puppy challenges that I will write about later on.

World, meet Kaya. She’s a little over 1 year old, the shelter thinks she is a chow/terrier mix, and she had puppies only a few months ago. She is a great dog and is already pretty well trained! We love her so much already! ­čÖé Did you adopt your pet? I’d love to hear about your adoption experience in the comments!

Struggling With Losing A Pet

Sometimes, it feels like it’s so hard to hold on to childhood memories. You can find them in old photos, some of your old things. If you’re like me and your parents have moved out of your childhood home and you don’t really have any childhood friends – then you may feel those memories slip even faster.

One of the last real reminder of my childhood was my dog. She passed away recently and I took it a lot harder than I thought I was going to. When I went through all my photos of her, I found so many from her in my childhood home and when I was a kid. She always reminded me of home, so it was really hard to come to terms with letting go of her.

Losing a pet is just like losing a family member. And not like your great aunt, but a brother or a sister. A friend.

They get so old and you know it’s their time to go – but how do you let go of your best friend? I think we all need to drop what we’re doing and collectively come up with a way to make dogs live forever because we need that kind of love on this earth.

There’s a level of guilt that comes with losing a pet, too. Did I see them enough? Did I try my best to save them? Was the last belly rub I gave a good enough one?

Just with any family member, you just have to trust that they knew that loved them. You just have to trust that they were as happy as they could be and you gave them a good life. Because I know for a fact that even though my dog was a huge pain in the ass, she was the best thing to come out of my childhood.

How To: Staycation

If you’re lucky to get some time off, you might want to take a vacation. If you’re not lucky enough to have a whole ton of money, a staycation would be great!

1. You can choose to either: stay home or book a hotel.

If you have a little extra cash you can book a cheaper hotel in your town and enjoy the pool, gym, and comfy beds! If not, your home will work just fine too.

2. If you’re staying home, spend a little on relaxing necessities.

Buy a bath bomb, a dinner you wouldn’t always splurge on, a cupcake from the bakery down the street.

3. Go outside

Go on a hike with views of waterfalls, rent a kayak and spend the day on a lake, take advantage of things your friends may have like a boat or a fishing rod.

4. Binge watch your favorite tv show

Finish a couple seasons in a week or a weekend. Spend some time with your favorite characters.

5. Go to the library

Pick up a book for free, sit outside and enjoy a literary escape.

6. Cuddle your dog

We get caught up in work and other activities, our pets love us so much and we don’t always give that much love back! Sit down and give your pet the attention it needs.

7. Hang out with your family

We often make time for our friends, but take our family for granted. Go shopping with your mom or out to lunch with your sister. You can see your friends another time!

8. Sleep in

I know you might be on a schedule that wakes you up at 7 am no matter what, but don’t rush to get out of bed during your staycation.

9. Relax!

Do whatever it is you do to relax. You have free time and don’t need a lot of money to take a snooze and enjoy a couple days off to yourself:

You Can Afford To Take A Vacation

We’re busy people. We work, we have friends, we have families, some of us have kids, some of us have pets. Some of us go to school, some have more than one job, some are just busy.

It’s hard to find time for a vacation and it’s hard to find money for vacation. Some jobs offer paid time off, some of us aren’t that lucky. We live pay check to pay check or save up only to realize we need new tires or our roof is leaking.

But I’m telling you, you need to take a vacation. And you can!

A vacation, to me, is just a break from your daily life. You need to determine what kind of break you can work with and you need to do its

You could go away, hop on a plane and go to a beach and relax. Get in the car and go camping in the mountains and hike to the prettiest sights. Board a boat and explore new cultures. Semi-expensive trips that require time and money. If you have both the time and the money, stop ignoring it. Don’t save those vacation days or that money in case of an emergency. Take a risk, take a break, you deserve it.

Do you have even less time and money than those kind of trips would allow? Try a stay-cation. Don’t go too far, go to a local town with a cute Main Street and maybe some free outdoor activities. Book a semi cheap hotel room for the night. Jump on the bed, enjoy the service, sleep in the next day. You can do this for a weekend or a night and you can do it inexpensively. It’s not lame – it’s fun! And worth it.

If you just have no time and no money – take a nap! Take a bath! Take a break from your daily stresses because really that’s all a vacation is. Do something for you that makes you happy. Take an hour to reflect and breathe. To have fun and catch up on relaxing.

I don’t know you, but I know you deserve a vacation. Even if you don’t have a lot going on externally, you probably have a lot going on internally. And you need a break. Evaluate your funds, evaluate your time, and spring for fun and relaxation. You can make it work and you can afford to take a vacation.

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10 Things Tired People Understand

1. Your bed is the love of your life.

Seriously, I’m unsure that I’ll ever love a human being as much as I love my bed and heated blanket.

2. “Sorry, I was napping” is the┬ánumber one excuse.

Why didn’t I text you back? I was obviously asleep…

3. Early risers are just plain annoying.

No, I don’t want to get breakfast with you – I’ll be asleep.

4. Leaving the party early just to sleep is the norm.

Where am I going? Uhhh I have other plans… with my bed.

5. Life without caffeine is no life at all.

I’m basically a zombie until I have a diet coke with lunch.

6. If you’re already in bed, you’re not going out.

Like I will cancel on you because I’m wrapped up in my bed like a burrito and I’m not really sorry about it.

7. A “nap” is really just a second bed time.

Why can’t I sleep for 5 hours during the day? Who made these rules?

8. You get jealous of your pets

I seriously walk past my dog snoozing every morning and say a little prayer that I will one day be a dog.

9. You go to bed tired and wake up tired.

Always tired. No matter what.

10. You are always just a different level of tired.

There’s an ‘I can probably go out and party’ tired, an ‘I’m getting really annoyed‘ tired, a ‘don’t talk to me I will kill you’ tired, or there’s just a ‘zero chance of functioning’ tired.

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5 Little Reasons To Be Thankful

Even in the darkest times, there is one small thing to be grateful for. Even if it’s just because you’re breathing today. Even if it’s just because you know your mom has dinner waiting for you. Every day you can find tiny things to be thankful for that will make your day better as a whole. Here are some little things to be thankful for and to remember this Thanksgiving.

1. Your job

Even if you hate it, it’s giving you a way to live and could potentially be opening doors for you in the future.

2. Your family

Whoever you consider your family to be, whether it’s your best friends or blood relatives – they’re always by your side.

3. Your pets!

(If you don’t have a pet, I’m sorry) but from goldfish to ferrets to dogs and cats – these animals are always so excited to have you home.

4. You’re breathing

Yeah, our health can get real sucky sometimes. But we’re here and that’s all that matters for now.

5. The opportunity to learn

Whether you’re in school or just googling questions to gain some knowledge – the opportunity to learn is always at our fingertips.

And while there are many things I could say I’m thankful for, these top 5 are humble reminders to not live with such high expectations that we always consider life a disappointment.

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6 Reasons Why Your Pet Is Better Than Most People

1. They’re always down to cuddle.

You could put a ton of effort into finding a relationship that might not even work out or you could just buy a cuddly cat that’s always down to snooze.

2. They’re always waiting for you when you get home.

Your pet is so reliable! They spend most of their days just waiting for you.

3. They get what you’re feeling.

Pets are very in tune with your emotions. If they know you’re sad, they’ll come cuddle. ┬áIf everyone at work annoyed you today, they’ll sit quietly and cheer you up.

4. They can be lazy when you’re feeling lazy,

See number five.

5. And they can be active when you’re feeling active!

Those rare moments when you actually feel like going on a run or doing yoga in your living room, your pet is eager to join right in.

6. You are their whole life.

No matter what, you will be the most important thing in your pet’s life. Right next to food and being able to run around and sniff and lick things.

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