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Puppy Mania!

Murphy Brown (the dog) has been a grand addition to my life. While she can be a little crazy at times, my boyfriend and I can’t imagine our lives without her.

This post is about the multiple events and places I’ve been apart of since Murphy has come into our lives. I love to keep her active because that gives me some down time and it gives her some much needed exercise. I often take her to dog parks. While I do feel uneasy about taking her, since people have warned me against aggressive dogs and diseases. However, I try to be as cautious as possible. Murphy is up to date on all of her shots, if any dog seems hostile towards her, I immediately scoop her up and take her away from the situation.
Murphy loves to run and while I can watch her gleefully for a few minutes, I can become bored easily. Hence why I love Washington Park in Over the Rhine. I go to Cincinnati quite often since I live so close, but Washington Park is great for dog lovers who have owners who are also beer lovers. Yappy Hour, as shown above, is one of my favorite events downtown. At Yappy Hour, dogs are provided with treats and free food while their owners can enjoy a cocktail.I like taking her there, picking up a beer and then heading towards the dog park section. Personally, I haven’t had a problem with aggressive dogs, but Murphy tends to be an instigator so that doesn’t exactly help matters. I believe Yappy Hour occurs every Thursday night in the summer.

Another event I went to was Paws and Pints at Listermann Brewing Company (As seen above). This event was adorable. There were paw print cookies, free samples of dog food, party hats and lots of happy friendly dogs. This also gave this happy owner a chance to drink some great beer while socializing Murphy. The event was held to celebrate national dog day and it was definitely a hoot!

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Also, here’s a random tidbit from me learning the hard way. It sounds silly but these dog wipes are amazing for getting out bathroom stains that your pet leaves. They’re cheap and effective and they’re great if your bringing your pup to a new place that involves carpeting!

Favorite dog parks in Cincinnati: A tie between Washington Park (But you have to pay for parking usually) or Otto Armleder Dog Park (Free parking and lots of room for dogs to play)

Favorite dog park in Northern Kentucky: Highland Hills Dog Park

 

 

The 10 Similarities Of Being A Parent Or A Puppy Parent

Hey everyone! I really wanted to write this entry but I swear I’ll write the NYC one soon. I have been commiserating with my sisters on the good, the bad and the ugly parts of having a “child”. Check out my post last week if you want a back story of how I got my puppy Murphy Brown and why. Please let me disclose that I think being an actual parent is MUCH harder then being a pet owner, but there are some hilarious similarities.

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1. You don’t sleep the same way you used to. As in, you don’t get much sleep at all. You’re either worried their uncomfortable, they have peed/pooped themselves so much that they woke up, they’re crying or they think 2 am is play time. I have a new routine where my dog does (FINALLY) sleep through the night, but she will get up at 5:45 am and want to play.

2. You worried about their level of comfort more than your own. Sometimes it’s because you want them to sleep and you don’t want ANYTHING interrupting their nap time, but most of the time you feel guilty for moving or breathing. Hence, you sleep and sit in awkward positions to appease your “child”.

3. You want your “child” to have friends but you’re also worried about their friends. Your internal thoughts run as so, “Aw, look they’re so cute when they’re playing. That doesn’t look like a very nice girl, she’s a lot taller, what if she bites her?! I will kick that girl’s butt if she even touches my baby!”

4. There’s an awful moment where they have had an accident (They’ve spilled, broke or chewed on something you didn’t want them to) but you’re in the middle of something, and you can’t decide what to do first.

5. Basically it’s a lot of prioritizing. Is work more important? Are friends more important? Is staying out another hour more important? Answer to all, nope.

6. When you are out and trying to enjoy yourself without your “child” you can’t help but worry about them and want to check in constantly. I’m guilty of this already.

7. You feel like you’re slowly turning into your parents. “We’ve talked about this! I told you not to do that!” You find yourself also using words you would never use in adult life, like using the word potty and calling yourself mommy or daddy.

8. If you have a significant other you will find yourself obsessed with asking them about your “child’s” bathroom habits. “Did she pee or poop? Did it look ok? Was there a lot of poop?” Sooooo much poop.

9. Instead of buying things for yourself you end up spoiling your “child” constantly. There’s always another toy that they have to have.

10. However, most importantly, you notice how full your life is with them in it. You feel fulfilled when they’re around. You’re happier and are constantly sad and happy by the fact that they grow so fast.

 

 

 

A New Addition

Hey everyone! So I recently went on a trip to New York and I went hiking at the Gorge in Kentucky, but I am going to leave that for the next posts. This post, will be another short and sweet one. Very sweet. I have always wanted a puppy. A dog that was my very own, that I picked out and that I took care of. I tried this initially when I was in the seventh grade when my mom finally caved and allowed me to pick out a puppy. While I loved my Shih Tzu, Molly,  I shirked my puppy watching duties only after a month or two of having her. I let my mom take care of her and only took charge of playing with Molly or taking her on the occasional walk. When Molly passed I was heart broken. Ever since then, I have been wanting a dog that I could really say was MY dog.

When I moved out and bought my house I told myself, this was it. I could get a dog. I immediately realized that with bills, a full time job and a somewhat carefree lifestyle (Going out to bars on weekends then sleeping in late) that this wasn’t fair to a dog. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that those things (While they are fun) are not my priority anymore. I also am now able to bring a dog into work as well, so it was an added incentive.

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I’m happy to report that my boyfriend and I have rescued a dog and named her, Murphy Brown. Yes, we do love the late 80’s/90’s. She is a Boxer/Terrier mix and she’s a handful, but we love her. We rescued her from Animal Friends Human Society a couple weeks ago, and we have been training and loving this pup ever since. I can not express how amazing rescuing a dog is. I know that rescuing an animal gets talked about a lot and how you’re saving an animal and such; but quite honestly it’s the smart option. Murphy came spayed, up to date on her shots, she’s microchipped, we got a free month of pet health insurance, a  bag of kibble and a vet check up. That’s smart people. Pets are RIDICULOUSLY expensive. This is the somewhat cheaper and smarter route. Plus their foster homes usually know of the pet’s demeanor and they can let you know what their personality is like from the get go. We love our puppy, despite the lack of sleep and the now somewhat hectic household. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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