I keep hearing that the Marines make their bed first thing in the morning. It sets you up for the day on a win, you’ve already achieved something in the first 30 seconds of the day.
I keep hearing that, but apparently I also keep repeating it. Whenever I go to tell Pippa that story she smiles and says ‘I know’. The kindest possible way to say ‘you tell me that roughly twice a day’.
This morning Nala and I got up at 6:35, played some chase. Chase is a game Nala invented where she grabs a toy, walks over to you and taps you with one paw and exepcts you to chase her round the dining table until she gets bored.
She doesn’t get bored easily.
We then went on a walk. Lead training is the current order of the day. Last nights walk and this mornings were SO successful. There is work to do but she is walking better than ever. A win.
Breakfast was next. A mix of Duck, beef and deer. For her, not me obviously. There are some mornings I don’t even fancy cereal – duck isn’t a breakfast meal for me.
We then made her peanut butter and banana kongs to go in the freezer for her nap times.
We unloaded the dishwasher, took the bin out and made Pippa tea (well I did, Nala wandered about with a toy).
I couldn’t feel more productive. The day has started on a win.
Here’s how the day would have gone without Nala.
This morning I woke up at 7:20, grabbed a shower and left for the train.
When we were buying Nala people all said ‘your life will change competely’ and ‘good luck getting any sleep’ followed by ‘are you really prepared for a puppy’.
Our lives have changed completely, all for the better. I do go to bed earlier and wake up earlier to play with my dog, she sleeps 11 hours at night with not a peep. Was I prepared for a puppy? I’m not sure I was. I thought I was. It is more wonderful than I could have imagined.
Nala has improved our lives in so many ways, starting each day on a win is just one.