What I’ve Learned About Having Two Dogs

((First of all, let me say this – I think I jinxed myself by writing yesterday’s post about being a nurse because last night was TERRIBLE at work. Almost exactly like I wrote. Ugh. But stay tuned for Part 2 in the future!))

So today I’m going to talk a little bit about what it’s like having two dogs. And why we decided to take the big step and get a second one. Let’s start at the beginning..

We purchased Roxie – a Boston terrier – from a breeder. We picked her out when she was only like 3 or 4 weeks old and then had to wait until she was 8 weeks old to bring her home. Prior to deciding on a Boston, I read tons of information about different breeds. I read dog training books. I did research. I STUDIED!! So for some reason when we finally got her home, I seemed to forget everything and just spoil her rotten – she was just so cute!!! – and here we are. I have a spoiled rotten little demon dog.

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Fast forward almost 2 1/2 years later – DH (dear hubby, as he will from now on be referred) and I were living in our first house. We decided Roxie needed a friend, a playmate. So we looked on Craigslist and found a picture of a Boxer who needs to be rescued. Enter Layla. She was about 10-15 lbs underweight, ribs were showing, covered in tics, and she was used for breeding and had the saggiest dog nipples I’ve ever seen. Basically, love at first sight. 

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Let’s compare dogs..

Roxie

Just turned 3 years old. Weighs approximately 15 lbs. Is a pure bred Boston terrier from a breeder. Enjoys playing with tennis balls, laying in the sun, cuddling under blankets, barking out the window, licking anything and everything, giving kisses on command, eating snacks. Bad habits include barking out the window in the middle of the night, peeing on the carpet in the bedroom, does not like being on a leash, refusing to go outside in the rain, playing in mud puddles, getting into the garbage in the bathroom, stealing people’s underwear, destroying stuffed toys all over the floor. Hates plastic bags.

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Layla

The vet estimates her to be between 2 and 4 years old. Weighs approximately 55 lbs. Is a pure bred Boxer (as far as we’re aware), who was rescued from a puppy mill. Enjoys laying in the sun, chewing on bones, going for walks, chasing frogs, looking out the window, playing tug of war, sniffing everything, walking backwards, sleeping in her own doggie bed. Bad habits include drooling everywhere and barking at everything. Hates bathtime.

Finally, let’s get into the lessons I’ve learned..

1. Having two dogs is awesome because they can play with each other half the time and not drive you crazy 24/7.

2. Traveling with two dogs is much, much harder than just one. And finding people to dog-sit for you is also much harder.

3. A 55lb Boxer is capable of destroying toys much faster than a 15lb Boston terrier.

4. Walking two dogs at the same time is a very difficult task. (Thank goodness we have a fenced in yard.)

5. Cuddling with two dogs is so much better than only cuddling one dog.

6. Giving a 55lb dog a bath is much more challenging than giving a 15lb dog a bath.

7. Larger dogs don’t need to go potty as frequently – yay for bigger bladders!

And the biggest lesson I’ve learned..

The bad dog will teach the good dog bad behaviors, but the good dog will not teach the bad dog good behaviors. 

Basically, what I mean is this – when we first got Layla, she was so afraid of everything and so, so shy. Roxie has taught her to bark at everything, beg for food at the table, refuse to go outside in the rain, and destroy toys all over the floor. Meanwhile, Layla has taught Roxie.. nothing. Layla is still learning how to be a dog and how to play (we think she was previously abused), so it’s quite different watching her grow up than it was with Roxie.

The moral of this story? Well, there really isn’t one. This wasn’t actually a lesson on raising dogs (what do I know anyway? lol). Despite some of their bad habits – my dog are my little furry babies and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Do you have more than one dog? What changes did you notice when you went from one to more than one?

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Oh, What A New Year

Oh gracious. I promise I’m not neglecting you my faithful readers (there has to be some of you.. right?!). I wish I had more time to update, but I’ve been way too busy being sick (I think I’m finally better now), working, and cleaning like a crazy person because I was preparing for my mom’s arrival. She arrived on Thursday and is staying until the 10th so I can’t guarantee a ton of updates this week.. sorry!

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She really, really wanted a sign.

We had a billion days of rain last week so on Saturday when I took the dogs out after working all night.. my precious little Roxie decided to lay on her belly and pull herself through piles of mud. Yep, through the mud. She was quite pleased with herself.. until she realized that it meant I would be giving her a bubbly bath. At 8am. After I worked 12 hours. UGH! But look how cute she is 🙂

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Muddy feet.

I’m working on organizing my life and my first project was using my awesome new makeup organizer that I talked about here and that you can purchase here. I seriously love it! It’s meant to be placed on top of the counter, but I have a serious issue with things cluttering my counters.. so I made room for it under my cabinet and it’s beautiful! I seriously love using it and now I need to go out and buy more makeup because the whole back half of it is literally empty.

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Perfection!

Today is Playoff Sunday.. let’s go Redskins! My mom and I made a feast with tons of yummy foods and most importantly, we made Cranberry Pomegranate Sangria! You can find the awesome recipe here which I found on Pinterest, of course. It’s seriously amazing. Unfortunately, the Redskins appear to be losing and will most likely have lost by the time I end up publishing this. My dear hubby is not very happy.

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Pot ‘o Sangria.

So I guess I’m going to finish this update with my New Year’s Resolutions.

1. To become a better, more successful blogger. I want to become more involved in the awesome WordPress blogging community and participate in daily activities. Or maybe even make my own daily activities/topics to blog about! I have a seriously hard time updating when I have to work, so I can’t promise daily updates, but I hope to update at least 3 times a week. One of my favorite things is “It’s OK Thursday” by an old coworker of mine. You can read her blog here.

2. To become more involved at work. I’ve already begun working on this goal, go me!! I’ve been working as a floor nurse for 3 1/2 years now and I feel like it’s time to start working on my career. I’ve agreed to be a preceptor to a senior nursing student for an entire semester (which should be starting in the next few weeks). I’ve agreed to take a charge nurse class. I signed up for an ACLS class. I’ve signed up to be on a committee to help educate other nurses on new nursing skills. I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, especially because education is something else I’m very passionate about.

3. To become more organized in my life. Pinterest exists for a reason!! I’ve pinned a billion different ways to clean and organize my life.. now it’s time I get started! I’ve already begun working on this goal. Go me! My next task is figuring out how to make my closet a little less chaotic.. at least until we can have someone come in and customize/rebuild my walk-in closet for me. I also hope to FINALLY paint some more rooms in this big ol’ house. I’ve only succeeded in painting the living room, the downstairs half bath, and the upstairs guest bathroom.. and we’ve lived here since May!

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I have way too many beauty products.

I think I’ll just leave it at that for now. Wish me luck!

And now something to make you giggle.. that I found on Pinterest.. of course.

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Yawn.

Today I am just plain exhausted. Seriously. I’m procrastinating with making supper even though I better hurry it up because hubby will be home soon and I work tonight! So yes, no post today. Except this. Something that I’m seriously in love with right now.. DOG SHAMING. It’s where people post pictures of their dogs with signs of stuff they should be ashamed about. For some reason it makes me laugh hysterically.  So I’m sharing this joy with you all 🙂

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And here are some dog shaming websites for your viewing pleasure! Here and here!

And yes, I did originally discover this on Pinterest. Obviously.