If you know me, then you know I absolutely love my dog, Lillie. Ever since the day she was born, she has been my sweet baby girl. I seriously couldn’t imagine life without her. So, as many mamas like to do, I decided to share the birth story of Lillie with you!
When my parents first bred Buttercup (Lillie’s mom), I told myself over and over again that I wouldn’t keep a puppy. Isaac and I were engaged, and I was about to start my first year of teaching. We didn’t want to add the stress of having a dog on top of all of that. But everything changed one fateful Tuesday evening. Buttercup went into labor, and neither of my parents were home. And, of course, all of my younger siblings started freaking out, because they had no idea what to do. So I stepped in and helped Buttercup out. Y’all… she had TEN PUPPIES. That’s one super mama!
Each puppy came out healthy, pudgy and ready to eat until the seventh one. She was half the size of the others, and you could see every bone in her little body. My heart instantly broke for her. I made sure she was able to attach and eat, but the pup was so weak, she couldn’t keep her head up. For the rest of the night I kept my eye on her, and kept checking to make sure she was okay. I decided to name her Lillie, in honor of a puppy I had for just a few short days when I was little. Lillie was the runt of the litter, and for weeks was half the size of her eight siblings. It was so hard seeing her struggle every day to live, but she survived!
After pouring all my love into this precious puppy, I soon realized that I couldn’t let her go. I couldn’t see Lillie go to another family, and I knew it would break my heart if I had to say goodbye. So, after a lot of talking, research and negotiating, Isaac and I decided to keep her. And it was one of the best decisions we ever made! Lillie has brought so much joy into our lives, and I love snuggling with her after a long day at school. She has such a quirky personality, so much energy, and I wouldn’t ask for anything different.
Being a dog mom has been so much fun, and over the past year I have learned a lot, which I am sharing with you today. I hope you enjoy my five reasons why I love being a dog mom!
Five Reasons Why I Love Being a Dog Mom
- You can show everyone pictures of your dog when they pull out pictures of their kids
Trust me, you look super cool when you do this. And it helps you fit in with the crowd of “real” moms.
- You have an excuse to get out of things
I won’t lie. I have used the good ‘ole “Sorry, but we have to go let Lillie out” to get out of something. I’m not proud of it, but it works.
- It keeps you on your toes
You always have to be on the alert, because you never know when it will be the perfect photo op. Evenings in our house tend to go something like “Quick, get your phone out! Lillie’s playing with her toy!” or “Psst” *nods head over to Lillie who’s simultaneously snoring and running in her sleep*.
- You have lots of inside jokes
And for some reason, when you try to explain why you keep saying “Awww Lillie would love this” when she’s not with you, people just don’t understand.
- You can talk to yourself without sounding crazy
Because I’m actually not talking to myself! I’m talking to Lillie. And I swear she understands me.
Are you a dog mom? If you are, what would you add to the list?