First and foremost, sorry for the pupdate title. I tried to resist but…well here we are.
Moving on to the update. Nala!
Nala is now 7 months old and is still my dream puppy, even more so today than on the first day (did I cry occasionally in the first few weeks because I was so happy? Yes, yes I did).
We go on long walks together in the forest and on the beach. I should add that whilst she is perfect to me lead walking is still a challenge. You can’t have it all can you!
I am so grateful that the universe lined up perfectly to deliver Nala to us (I’ll post later about this).
The question remains the same as it did at the start – why did I wait so long to get a dog?
I have learnt a lot about myself whilst training my puppy. Here is a list in no particular order:
- I expected a lot from a tiny creature that has only been on the planet a few weeks. She quickly corrected me on this one.
- I love the process of training a puppy. She is so clever and attentive how could I not love it?!
- At the start I would move from being excited about training successes to trying to nail the next trick/task.
These could sound semi-negative, in a way they are.
Having Nala has made me see lots of flaws in myself. I work on these every single day. Calm energy around the pup is the difference between a happy puppy loving working with me and a puppy that I have to convince to look at me.
My puppy is taking me to school.
More than anything this lovely puppy has taught me to live in the here and now. She doesn’t live for the weekend, doesn’t dream of being able to go on longer walks when she’s older. She is present.
My dog is more mindful than me…
Every day when Nala wakes up I am excited to see her. She is excited to see me. Complete love given back.
The only question she leaves me with is why didn’t I buy a dog sooner?
After 24 years of waiting I would like to introduce Nala. My puppy.
There are no words for how much I love this pup. She has changed our lives, and all for the better.
This week I shall be trying to write a bit more about the start of the journey.
A quick insight into what that looks like.
I’ve been on more walks, met more new people in my community and felt like my house is a home more than in the rest of the 5 years I’ve lived in this town.
Nala, you’ve been a game changer and all for the better.