Most of you have already somewhat met my new puppy Sweetness Honey Rodriguez. Just in case you missed the post I did last week about costs of puppy parenthood, that's her above (About 4-5 months ago). Anyway, in the 6 months or so that we've had Sweetness, we've had a blast. She's the perfect pup...even though she likes to eat non-food items sometimes. Not to mention, she's really helped me learn a ton about finances and life in general. So, today I thought I'd share the lessons my pup has taught me and some awesome pictures of Sweetness!
Sometimes, You Have To Remember That You'll Make It Through This
You know how most dogs love car rides? Well, Sweetness isn't most dogs. Unlike most dogs, sweetness gets car sick. When we first got her, she would drool excessively and eventually throw up when she was in the car. Now, she only drools a little bit. She's got her mind set on the prize. She knows that as soon as she makes it out of that car, she's going to have a boatload of fun swimming in the lake or playing fetch and hiking! So, the lesson here... No matter how bad it seems, there's eventually going to be something better on the other end of the road.
Never Give Up
Sweetness is a fetchaholic. All she ever wants to do is play fetch when we're outside. Here she is waiting for me to throw the stick. If you look closely, you can see her eyes and ears are down a bit. That's because I told her no and that I was done with fetch for the time being. So, she sat there and gave me the puppy dog face while swimming for 5 minutes. At the end of it all, she eventually coerced me into playing more fetch. So, never give up, even if you think the goal is unattainable; persistence generally pays!
Patience Is A Virtue
Sweetness spends quite a bit of time with Mommy in the back yard garden. OK, that's not the garden, it's the new cherry tree, but you get the point. Anyway, Sweetness is incredibly patient. If you look closely between the leaves, you can see Sweetness sitting there with her cutest puppy dog face on as she stares at Ana. Now look down in front of Sweetness and you'll see the stick she wants Ana to throw. She's not pushy though. Nope, she'll just sit there and wait patiently until Mommy is done and able to throw the stick! The lesson...Be patient young grasshopper!
Always Be Aware Of What's Going On
Sweetness is the most alert puppy I've ever seen. She definitely knows her surroundings. This is a lesson that we can definitely tie to finance. After all, financial stability involves knowing about, improving, and maintaining good credit scores, as well as being aware of and paying down debts. To say it simply, awareness plays a huge role in financial stability!
It's OK To Relax Sometimes
As a blog owner, I rarely find time to wind down. With all the fetching Sweetness is responsible for, she has the same problem. However, she always seems to be able to eventually find the time sit lay on the hammock and relax! The lesson here...all work and no play is a recipe for disaster!
It's Possible To Be Comfortable No Matter Where You Are
In life, we find ourselves in pretty uncomfortable positions from time to time. However, if we step back and really think about the basic things that can make us comfortable, it's possible to be comfortable no matter where you are. Just look at Sweetness...she's perfectly comfortable using my shoes as a pillow! The lesson here...comfort is in the eyes of the beholder!
Do you have any pets? If so, have you learned anything about life or money from them?
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