Are you trying to walk or move more during your day? Counting steps? Living by the ketosis credo “move slowly but often”? This suddenly becomes second nature when you have a furry friend. Mae and I go outside 3x a day. Sometimes we run, sometimes we jog, sometimes it’s the dog park. Either way, there is no compromise when it comes to those 3 daily walks. She needs to go out, and someone has to take her. Suddenly, covering 8,000 – 10,000 steps in a day is no struggle at all.
Mae is a professional kisser. She will never say no to snuggling up to you, and giving you some extra kisses. It’s a small silly thing but it always gives me a feeling of love & abundance, even on a bad day.
If you’ve wanted to have a little more rhythm and structure in your day, having a dog will give you just that. Gone are erratic sleeping patters, sleeping in on the weekends, staying out way too long, chasing your plans last minute. Now while you still have a lot of wiggle room in those areas, especially if your pup is well trained, you have to keep within certain parameters. For me, having this little bit of structure helps me keep myself on track, work more efficiently, stick to my workout schedule and even helps with healthy eating!
If you’re new to an area or just want to meet new friends or network, dog parks are just the place. Every dog park I’ve been to has a different vibe and a different kind of crowd. When you find the correct fit for you and your pooch, you will both benefit! I’ve met all sorts of people in dog parks, and while sometimes things don’t go beyond a friendly chat, I have exchanged numbers and followed up with people before! I’ve met filmmakers, musicians, directors, lawyers, and everything in between. What could be better for expanding your network?
Dog parks aren’t your only option either. New York City boasts a vast array of pooch-centric meet-up groups for you hard core social animals out there.
If you ever wonder about a stranger’s true nature, nothing can help you discover this more quickly than your pooch. My dogs at home will pass by 10 people without making a single sound but will all bark in unison at the 11th. Clearly, they can sense something I can’t. Observe the way people behave around or interact with your pooch. Chances are, they’ll reveal something about their character; whether an underlying frequency of kindness and a big heart, or whether they are perhaps less generous.
True Friend Test
If you’ve ever contemplated the depth of a friendship, asking that friend to watch or walk your dog for you can tell you a lot. I’m sure most people mean what they say, but you may be surprised to discover who will always find a way of not helping you out, soulful soliloquies aside. I’m not saying you should stop being friends with said person, just make a small note in your mental notebook and move along..
Not so good for your pocket book, but oh so exciting! The array of products available to your pooch is vast. Cute collars, dog toys, doggie clothes, treats, beds, and so much more! Shopping for Mae always brings out my playful side. Just remember to stay within your budget!
If you’ve (even fleetingly) considered having a baby, get a dog first to test yourself and your S.O. Not only will a cute little baby puppy tick a lot of the baby boxes, but caring for one (especially at the beginning) is definitely an eye-opener. That being said, you will also get to experience infinite love for this creature, see your protective instincts flare in surprising ways, and it will definitely bring out the child in you at times.
Enviable Instagram Content
Cute dog pictures do INSANELY well on Instagram. With a cute lil pup at your side 24/7, there’s nothing easier than to start a dog Instagram and pave your pooch’s (and your own) way to stardom! (check out Mae’s @manhattan_mae)
Cold bed? Pre-warm it with poochitie!