Pippa: The Light I Didn’t Know Was Missing

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Today, I’m sharing why how Pippa has impacted my life and how I’m #ThankfulForFuriends with PuppySpot.

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. This year and this holiday season, for me at least, has been so busy! During busy times, it can be so easy to lose sight of the meaning of the season. Today, I’m taking a step back and showing gratitude for one of the most important things in my life. Pippa!

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5 Things to Order on Amazon to Make Life Easier

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Amazon is everyone’s favorite marketplace. There are many things to order on Amazon to simplify the world around you. Save time and money with these!

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5 Things to Order on Amazon to Make Life Easier

Tomorrow is Prime Day on Amazon! In fact, deals start tonight. It’s a little bit like Black Friday in the middle of the summer, but we use it more to stock up on things we need instead of buying a bunch of junk we don’t. Because we are enamored with Amazon and Amazon Prime all the time–not just on Prime Day–we take advantage of it year round to help make things a bit easier of ourselves. Here are five things that show up on our doorstep regularly that help save us both time and money.

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True Life: Thoughts While Running With Your Dog

Running with your dog is a win-win situation, right? It’s a triple whammy when you can 1) exercise yourself, 2) exercise your pet, and 3) enjoy some bonding time all at once. I know I ♥LOVE♥ spending time out in nature with my sweet Pippa, but sometimes it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Some days, the internal monologue goes a little more like this…

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.01 miles: Oh, heck yes. Let’s get this run done. She is going to be so tired for the rest of the day–she’ll love me.

.04 miles: Seriously? You can’t wait until we’ve at least rounded the corner to stop and pee?!

.10 miles: Ok, we’re starting to hit a groove. If only she would slow down and stop trying to rip my shoulder out of the socket.

.15 miles: *SQUIRREL!* No! Get out of that yard and away from that tree. It’s a squirrel, Pippa, you aren’t going to catch it!

.20 miles: *Stops to pee on a bush*

.25 miles: *Neighborhood dogs barking* *Runs faster as if saying, “Ha! I’m free, y’all!”*

.30 miles: *Stops to pee on a telephone pole*

.50 miles: Ok, NOW we’re hitting a groove. Maybe I can keep my heart rate steady and quit all this starting and stopping.

.75 miles: Pippa, you do NOT have to run between the telephone poles and corners of the fences. Mom is bigger than you and doesn’t fit as well. *Tries to wrap me around a telephone pole*

1.0 miles: All right, a mile in. We’re going to walk to that tree and back before turning around. She just needs a minute to chill out.

 1.01 miles: *SQUIRREL!*

1.10 miles: Let’s GO! It’s your pee! You just peed there! It’s your pee you’re smelling! *Pees again*

1.25 miles: *Hears dog barking in a fence, cuts across me as hard and fast as she can as I roll my ankle on the curb*

1.30 miles: Walk it off. Walk it off. Walk it off.

1.4 miles: *SQUIRREL!*

1.5 miles: *Runs back up our sidewalk as I throw open the front door* TAKE HER LEASH OFF! SHE CAN’T HANDLE IT TODAY! (to my husband with fire in my eyes and frustration in my voice as I charge off to finish the last half mile of my run ALONE)

In case you’re curious, this was the scenario on Monday. Normally, Pippa is the best running partner, but for some reason she was just way to spastic this time. In her defense, it WAS the day after Easter when I’d had ham like three meals in a row, plus banana pudding for breakfast. I don’t think she could tell the difference though. My husband said she was still panting and out of breath as she stretched herself out on the tile to cool off.

Does your dog pull these kinds of shenanigans when you run together?

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I have been an animal lover my entire life. I think my parents got my first pet when I was around 18 months old. After moving out for college, I missed the companionship of a dog and I vowed that I would get one as soon as I could afford a pet, or had the space.

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I got a pet of my very own in my early 20s and I loved him to pieces! Unfortunately, just a few months later, he passed away in a terrible freak accident. Shortly after, I was contacted about a stray that was found and the rest is history.

Yes, she was even present for my bridal portraits!
Photo credit: Photography by R. Silva

Almost six years ago, Miss Pippa came home to live with me and she has been the light of my life ever since! She barks at every pizza delivery and UPS man, and is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. When she met my husband for the first time, she barked at him too, and then shortly after became his best friend.

While our life without her would certainly be cheaper, cleaner, and quieter, it would also be a bit darker and with much less laughter! She used to get herself into trouble when she was younger, but she’s since calmed down in her old(er) age. However, she’ll take off and run her little heart out should a gate be left open.

Name: Pippa

Age: 6

Loves: Daddy, peanut butter, Milkbones, dairy products, licking empty tupperware containers, and looking out the window

Dislikes: Vacuum cleaners, the sound of crumpling water bottles, fire (even in the fire place), and anyone ringing the doorbell

Tricks: Sit, lay down, roll over, and putting herself in her crate each morning when she sees Mama getting dressed

She enjoys the occasional game of dress-up as well.

While it may seem a bit silly to dedicate an entire blog post to a dog, I can’t describe the joy this pup brings into my life!

Do you have a pet that fills your heart with joy?