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For the Love of a Dog...

“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.” – Caroline Knapp

You may recall that Kent Wales and I had to say goodbye to our Schnauzer, Riley, back in May last year. One of us was chomping at the bit to get another dog. The other one of us suggested that we slow down before we rush into another long-term commitment.

We had decided to not get a new dog until after April. Fast forward. Some things changed in our lives, and we decided we had waited long enough. We found this cutie and named him Lucky. 🍀 He is a seven-week-old Labradoodle and we bonded with him immediately.

His mellow demeanor appealed to us the most. You know because we are totally mellow people. 😉

Neither of us have adopted a puppy before. So, you know what that means? A whole lot of love, learning and patience from all of us. From crate and potty training to teething and whining, we are in for a ride.

It reminds me of a note I received from a colleague who confessed, "I have ridden a wild financial rollercoaster, but I did indeed pay off all of my debt and have begun lots of new financial habits." This young woman shared our feelings of needing to incorporate a lot of love, learning and patience as she developed her new habits.

🎢 My husband and I will also be adjusting to our monthly budget and learning more habits. For example, avoiding leaving the puppy unattended, cuddling with Lucky regularly and making sure he "goes outside" within an hour of drinking a bunch of water! 🤣

Our budget impact 📈 include dog food, licensing, and more vaccinations among other things. We were fortunate to be able to use some of the dog stuff from our time with Riley, but this will evolve as Lucky grows out of most of those things.

What habits are you creating this year? How are you incorporating love, patience and learning as you do this?

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