We all love our dogs. No one here is doubting that when push comes to shove, you will do whatever it takes to ensure your pup is happy and healthy. With that said, I’m asking you to be honest about something.
Is pup parenting always about tail wags and belly rubs? Do you ever feel overwhelmed or frustrated when it comes to your dog’s needs?
No matter how hard we try, loving a dog isn’t always easy.
There are days when house training just doesn’t seem to be working and dog food is unbelievably expensive. Our dogs wake us up early on weekends and test our patience with their barking. They chew on our shoes, leave muddy paw prints on the carpet, and demand to go on walks even when it’s raining.
Being a pup parent means making certain sacrifices. Sometimes, those sacrifices can feel like too much to handle.
But at the end of the day, we look into those furry faces and see nothing but love (and maybe a little mischief). It’s okay to feel frustrated every now and then.
When those feelings of frustration take over, a Facebook post from a professional baseball player is exactly what we all need to hear.
Austin Conway, a minor league baseball player, recently opened up about the struggles he faces as a dog dad. He has a German Shepherd mix named Stella, and his life with her isn’t always perfect.
He started his post by saying something we all see too many times when people decide they no longer want their dogs.
“Really hate to be making this post right now…”
Read Conway’s full post below.
He then goes into detail about all the ways his dog makes life more complicated. She sheds a lot, she steals food from his plate, and finding an apartment to accept her usually means a higher rent.
Everything Conway says makes it sound like he wants to give her up.
But then he surprises us.
“So, I have come to the decision that I will not be giving her up.”
Conway acknowledges that life with a dog isn’t always easy. There will be challenges. And there will be moments when he’s frustrated, disappointed, and even angry. But above all, he knows he loves his dog and she deserves his loyalty.
“I will continue making any sacrifice I SIGNED UP FOR when I adopted her over 4 years ago.”
The moral of Conway’s post is that loving a dog isn’t easy. It requires sacrifice. But no matter what happens, dogs are family.
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