I am obsessed with my dog and that will never change. I know lots of people that love their dogs, but on Thanksgiving, I opened my bedroom door to Marley, my 3 year old golden doodle, and said how thankful I am for her. I had to pee real bad, at this point I am 21 weeks pregnant and I still sat down on the ground for 5 minutes, hugged and kissed the crap out of her.
For my golden birthday, I was 8, I got a puppy. I had asked every birthday, every Christmas for a puppy. I even watched the neighbor’s dog that then had puppies. My mom said dogs would wander into the yard and their I would be loving and petting the dog. Needless to say Chloe my first dog love only lived till 7 as she had terrible arthritis and tore her back ACLs. I had longed for that same feeling I had with Chloe, although my parents did get two more dogs, who I have loved dearly but neither of those dogs chose me. I strongly believe that a dog chooses an owner, from there a connection is made and I hadn’t had that since her. But it was three years into dating my husband, I begged for a dog, he wasn’t sold. A friend of ours had gotten a golden doodle and he went and met him, I think he fell in love and the idea of dog was more appealing. So after a short search we got a call one day that a breeder had a female doodle, we went to the house and after two hours of deciding whether or not we could handle caring for a puppy we pulled the trigger. The rest is history.
I am literally getting teary eyed as I write this; I just love her so much. She is pretty perfect in my mind. She listens, is great with kids and isn’t annoying. I have heard that a baby changes you’re relationship with your dog but Marley is far more than a dog to me, she is my first baby. Shit, she literally goes to daycare at least once a week so she can play, her dad gives her a doggy ice cream cup EVERY NIGHT and she sleeps in our bed. I am honest that I am sure some changes will be made but she is never going to fall to the side.
But there is nothing like a boy and his dog and Marley will be just that to our son. I’m excited to share in these moments with her and have her be a part of the journey. You literally only get at most 15 some years with a dog, something that becomes family, and she may not realize it but she has prepared us so much for being parents, I can’t begin to thank her for teaching us how to be a team! So in honor of my Marley, Mar Doots, Marzapan, Marzapantalones, Mar Zee I just want to let you know that your baby mom loves you! – Lauren