And now we have a 6 1/2 month puppy who has permanently "staked his claim" in the Nastase household. So crazy!
And what's even weirder, is that he's become my little buddy who I worry about, have to put him to bed, won't let my husband clean his ears because "he likes it better when I do it", and has made quite the showing on my Instragram page.
Miles the Golden Retriever has kind of stolen my heart.
He's gone from this:
Miles at 5 weeks when we picked him out and got to hold him for the 1st time.
Miles at 6 weeks when we brought him home. My goodness he was cute....
Miles sleeping in our living room at 6 months. He is now 45 pounds, and he thinks he's "kind of a big deal".
Here is how Miles has changed things around the house:
- Suddenly it's not "all about me". I never had younger siblings. I don't have children. Life up until this point has kind of been at my pace. This is probably a good thing ;)
- I've said goodbye to double-workouts. I still work out hard 6 days a week, and that is completely healthy. But that 2nd gym trip on the way home from work I did "pre-puppy", is a thing of the past. It's not nice to leave him alone or crated that many hours/day. Plus now my "2nd workout" is taking him for a walk, or running around with him at the park. It's made me realize that working out 2 times/day is really not necessary!!!
- Does above make Miles a "therapy dog"? ;)
- I clean the house more! I refuse to be a house that looks and smells like we own a dog. And Golden's SHED. So I have integrated a serious "floor sweeping/scrubbing" schedule to my life! Thank GOD we have no carpet!
- We have met more neighbors in the past 3 months than we have in the past 3.5 years we've live in this house! Several nights/week, a group of us commune with our dogs and let them play fetch. Being the Midwest girl I am at heart, it is really comforting to finally know some faces in my neighborhood....
But there have also been moments of joy:
- Long peaceful walks.
- Being SO CRAZY EXCITED to see me after a crappy day at work.
- Being SO CRAZY EXCITED to greet you at 4:30am while you're groggily getting ready to head out for a run.
- Plopping his 45 pound body in your lap to be petted.
- Teaching him how to swim.
- Teaching him fun tricks.
I think we'll keep him.....