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Puppy Love: Stories of New Beginnings

Puppy Love: Stories of New Beginnings

From Cynic to Canine Enthusiast: My Unexpected Journey to Puppy Parenthood

I have to admit, I was not always a dog person. In fact, for the majority of my life, I was more of a cat person – content to watch those fuzzy felines from afar, but never really feeling the urge to invite one into my home and heart. That all changed, however, when my family and I decided to welcome a furry new addition into our lives – a sweet, rambunctious puppy named Mango.

As I wrote in my blog, the decision to get a puppy was not one we made lightly. We knew that it would require a significant investment of time, energy, and patience – not to mention the occasional cleanup of those inevitable “accidents.” But something about Mango just spoke to us, and we couldn’t resist the pull of her big, soulful eyes and wagging tail.

A Transformative Journey

From the moment we brought Mango home, our lives were forever changed. The once-quiet household was now filled with the pitter-patter of tiny paws, the joyful sounds of playtime, and the occasional (but oh-so-cute) outbursts of puppy-induced chaos. And for my son Collin, who had been struggling with the challenges of being an only child, Mango’s arrival was a true game-changer.

As I shared in my previous blog post, Collin had expressed feeling a lack of purpose and agency in his life, and the responsibility of caring for Mango has been a transformative experience for him. Suddenly, he has a newfound sense of purpose, as he takes on the role of Mango’s primary caretaker – from making sure she sticks to her routine, to belly rubs and playtime.

The impact of Mango’s presence in our home has been far-reaching, extending beyond just Collin’s personal growth. The entire family has come together in a collective effort to ensure Mango’s well-being, and the shared responsibility has served to strengthen our bonds and foster a greater sense of resilience.

The Joys and Challenges of Puppy Life

Of course, the journey of puppy parenthood has not been without its challenges. As I mentioned in my previous post, the puppy stage is akin to caring for a newborn – exhausting, but infinitely rewarding. From constant vigilance to prevent Mango from chewing on everything in sight, to the late-night potty breaks, the demands of puppy life are not to be taken lightly.

But through it all, the love and joy that Mango brings into our home have made every sleepless night and frantic cleanup worth it. Watching her grow and thrive, seeing the way she’s brought our family closer together, and witnessing the transformative effect she’s had on Collin’s well-being – these are the moments that make it all worthwhile.

Finding Purpose and Resilience

As I navigate the ups and downs of this new chapter, I’m constantly reminded of the wise words of my friend and comrade, Kawal Ulanday: “Be mindful of your baseline while you are on the frontline.” As I mentioned in my previous post, this advice has been invaluable in helping me stay grounded and focused, even as the world around us grows increasingly complex and challenging.

In the midst of rising fascism, multiple crises, and the looming 2024 election, the home front can feel like a safe haven – a place to recharge and find the strength to continue the fight. And with Mango by our side, our family has discovered a newfound sense of purpose and resilience that extends far beyond the walls of our home.

A Love Story for the Ages

As I write this, my husband Mychi and I are celebrating our anniversary, and I can’t help but reflect on the way our love story has intertwined with Mango’s arrival. Our love for each other has always been strong, but now it’s as if there’s an added layer of depth and meaning, as we navigate this new adventure together.

Just as the songs and stories about puppy love capture the infectious excitement and pure joy of new beginnings, our family’s journey with Mango has been a testament to the transformative power of love, in all its forms.

So here’s to the beginning of a new love story – one that encompasses not just Mychi and me, but our entire family, including our furry, four-legged addition. And for anyone out there who, like me, has been hesitant to welcome a dog into their life, I encourage you to take a leap of faith. After all, you never know where the path of puppy love might lead you.

If you’re interested in adopting a furry friend of your own, be sure to check out – a wonderful resource for finding the perfect pup to join your family.

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