I know what you’re thinking. A puppy is cute in a picture but having one is a whole ‘nother thing!
I have the cutest puppy in the world but she does take a lot of work.
Why on earth would I want to take on a responsibility like that right now?!
To be honest, the house was just a tad too quiet while my husband was away recently and I stepped off the deep end and got a dog for inside our home. It has been since before kids that we had an inside dog. Our dogs have mostly slept in the garage and hung out on the deck by the kitchen’s glass door.
This little puppy’s name is Sunshine and she has done so much for me. Who would have thought that I could get attached and love a little dog like her?! She has just crept into my heart.
1. I Learned How Beneficial it is to Walk
The very best thing about having a puppy is that it has to be walked.
She is little and her bladder is tiny and it isn’t unusual to walk her about 10 times a day.
She has a high level of energy and so I walk her 4 times around the lower part of our yard most times that I take her outside. My primary reason was to get all her energy out of her so that she will not get into as much mischief like most puppies can do.
What I hadn’t anticipated was how much I would benefit from walking. I dropped 5 pounds that wouldn’t come off!!
Everyone should walk their dog (at least during the summer.) Many people let their dog out into a fenced-in area or just let their dog out the door.
What if instead, you actually walked your dog?
My awesome supplements balance my blood sugars, cholesterol and lipid levels. So many people are not seeing results or are on a plateau with their weight loss program because they have not included movement in their day.
2. I Learned that Having Less Time is More
About every hour or even more often, I must stop and take my puppy for a walk. Obviously that can be inconvenient at best.
- I might not have time to scroll through my Facebook feed.
- I might have to stop what I am doing before I finish.
- I might have to rush to get something accomplished.
The strangest thing is that I am more efficient with my time because I know I will be interrupted frequently. I actually get more done.
Less time is more time. Go figure!!
There can be a point that you take on too much but how often do you waste time? I know I do!
I never get to the bottom of the day’s ‘To Do List’ because I constantly over-budget my time. I do get more done since I know that my interruptions will add up over the course of the day.
I am walking my puppy for about 2 hours each day. I have an app that records how many steps I take. Once I realized that I was coming close to 10,000 steps each day, I made it my goal to take that many steps.
Which is the real puppy anyhow?
3. I Quickly Learned that I CanNOT Sleep In
I have always had a problem of burning the candle at both ends. I know, I shouldn’t do that! It isn’t the healthiest thing to do.
The thing is, that having a puppy has taught me that I cannot sleep in (not that I do that often) and if I want to have some uninterrupted time to workout or have my quiet time, it would be an excellent idea to get up as early as possible. Like before 6am!
I learned fast that staying up too late makes it difficult to get up. My puppy keeps me on track because it is not fun to be chasing my day.
4. I Learned How Important it is to Get Fresh Air
I am on my computer for many hours most days. It can be a gorgeous day and I will not sit outside because it is difficult at best to see the computer screen.
Now that I have a puppy, I have to go outside to walk her.
Being outdoors for at least 20 minutes raises your vitamin D levels and drives out depression and is a mood elevator.
I can’t think of a better reason to get outside.
At 8 weeks she fit in my husband’s work boot!!
5. God Gave us Animals for Our Enjoyment
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25)
This verse doesn’t specifically say that it is good for us to have a dog, but it does say that God created all the animals. You may not be inclined to go through the work of having a puppy but you can see how much it could benefit you. Who would have thought that a puppy would be a great weight loss program if you walked it instead of letting it loose in an enclosed area!
Hopefully this will encourage you to appreciate your dog and even get outside in the fresh air for a healthy brisk walk.
Do you have a dog? What have you learned from having a dog?