Becoming a dog parent can be a huge challenge, and your whole world will be completely different. But opening your life to a pup in need of a forever home is also one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.
It will shape the way you live, the way you see the world, and the way you interact with other people.
Here are ten ways your life will change when you adopt a dog in need.
1. Your Dog’s Schedule Is Your New Schedule
If you’ve never been woken up at the crack of dawn by a cold nose and paws doing the “I have to pee” dance, be prepared to have your own personal wake up call from now on.
Your schedule will start to revolve around your dog’s needs. When they have to go potty, when they have to eat, when they sleep, and when they need exercise are all factors in your life now.
Even planning your trips and vacations will include your dog’s needs.
2. You’ll Be The Best Dog Parent Ever
Your dog is the best dog in the world, and they deserve the best dog parent in the world. That’s what you’ll have to strive to be.
You’ll start reading articles, buying the healthiest food, trying out the most mentally stimulating toys, making regular trips to the vet, and making sure they get enough exercise. You’ll probably start thoroughly checking online reviews of groomers, dog walkers, pet sitters, and anyone who’s going to come near your pup.
Best dog parent ever!
3. Dog Hair Is Your New Fashion Accessory
Dog hair will be on everything. Yes, everything.
You’ll probably never leave the house without a healthy amount of fur coating your clothes. Sure, lint rollers will probably be your best friend from now on, but it’s a losing battle.
You may as well just accept that dog hair is a part of your life and try to pass it off as a fashion statement. Then you’ll be really trendy.
4. Get Ready To Share Everything
Sharing isn’t just caring when you have a dog; it’s mandatory.
You’ll be sharing your whole life with your dog, so get used to making room on the bed, giving up the last bite of food, and sharing your bank account. You’ll also probably have to share your significant other, since you’re no longer the cutest thing in the house.
Jealousy has no place in the heart of a dog parent.
5. Leaving The House Will Be Almost Impossible
Stepping foot outside your home is going to be an ordeal. You’ll have to start dog-proofing everything.
No more can items be placed low enough for your dog to grab and chew up. If your dog can destroy it, chances are good that they will.
And that’s not even the worst part of leaving, as you’ll then have to deal with sad puppy dog eyes. When your dog gives you that sad look that says, “Please don’t go,” it’s a wonder you’ll be able to ever leave home again.
6. Your Social Media Will Belong To Your Dog
Obviously your dog is the cutest dog in the world, and to deny your social media friends the chance to see adorable pictures every day would be cruel.
All of your posts are going to be about your dog. Albums upon galleries will stream from your feed. You’re going to be known as a crazy dog person in your social circle, but who cares?
The world needs to see your adorable pup.
7. New Friends Will Be Easy To Find
You’re probably used to walking down the street, minding your own business, and maybe giving the occasional friendly nod to people passing by. But when you have a cute dog with you, suddenly you’re a rock star.
People will stop you to ask you about your dog and give them pets. You’ll meet lots of new people, and your dog is a great conversation starter. You’ll probably meet other dog lovers at dog parks, dog beaches, and dog events around town.
Of course, make sure you’re practicing social distancing if you live in an area where you’re advised to do so!
Making friends will never be easier than when you have a dog by your side.
8. Getting Grossed Out Is A Thing Of The Past
When you spend a good portion of your day picking up poop, there’s not much else out there that can gross you out.
Your dog is eventually going to have an accident in your home or get sick. When your dog is vomiting and having diarrhea, you don’t have time to be grossed out. You’ve got to help your buddy feel better.
Parenting a dog is a messy business, but it’s worth it.
9. You’ll Actually Be Healthier
Dogs are like our own personal doctors living in our homes.
Not only do you get the benefit of getting more exercise through walks and playing with your pup, but having a dog is proven to cut back stress, alleviate depression, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
It’s almost like dogs have magical healing powers that will keep you healthy.
10. Unconditional Love, Of Course
This list couldn’t possibly end with anything other than unconditional love.
Dogs may add some challenges to your life, but the rewards are absolutely worth it. When your pup is there to cheer you up on a bad day, or to make you laugh right when you need it, or just to cuddle for no reason at all, you’ll know that you are loved, and there’s no feeling in the world quite like it.
How did your life change when you adopted a dog? What should first-time pet parents expect? Let us know in the comments below!