I’m experiencing Love Haze. I didn’t know that there was such a thing but about 20 minutes after Grace moved into our house, family, hearts this haze descended upon us. Dog things that bugged me before (shedding, bits of dog food all over the floor, eye boogers, snoring etc….OK, it’s any wonder that I agreed to get a dog!) don’t. She’s my baby and while I know that having a dog is nothing like having children, this is still amazing to me. I’ve lived with a dog for almost the entire time Ray and I have been together, but she was never mine. Brandy was never so excited to see me when I got home. She never, ever snuggled with me on the sofa, never followed me around. When we were home alone she’d go and sleep in the front room while I was in the family room. She was Ray’s dog through and through and we never really bonded to each other.
I had to apologize to Ray last night because I did not, for one second, understand the love he had for Brandy. When Grace saw me come up the stairs when I got home from work and her little face lit up and her entire body started to wiggle with excitement I completely understood. When she presses her little forehead so hard into my chest while I’m petting her, it absolutely melts me. My rule had always been “greet humans first” because he would always greet Brandy before he would acknowledge me. Now I understand how impossible it is to resist that wiggling body and excited happy face.
Anyway, dog- love aside….well….there isn’t really an “aside”, there’s not much else going on right now. I can’t go to the gym for this week or next, Ray is on graveyards and doesn’t get home until 6:30am, it’s not like I can get up at 4:30am and leave Grace alone for a couple hours with no walk first thing in the morning. So I’ve been getting up at 5am and walking the little sausage for about 4-5 kilometers before Ray gets home from work. It helps to tire her out so that she’ll sleep while he’s trying to sleep during the day. Worked yesterday, hopefully today as well. I’m not toooo worried about the lack of gym but I would really like Ray to get all of our free weights and plates back from the person we lent them to so that I can at least do something while I’m on doggy duty for the next two weeks! Of course after dinner we walk for another 4-5km so hopefully that’s enough to get me by for now. Grace has already dropped a bit of weight, she has a waist again and starting to get a bit of loose belly fur so that’s great, hopefully Ray and I can do a little of the same!
The sunshine is out for the next week or so which feels amazing and makes the 5am walk feel so nice and refreshing! I imagine we’ll be adjusting for the next few days so there may be little for me to post. If you want to, follow me on Twitter, that’s always fun and a great way to interact!