My sweet Luna girl turns three years old today! The rainy weather has us staying inside with extra snuggles, which we definitely don’t mind. My girl loves to be around her people and she’s smart as a whip. She’s strong, fast, and a little bit of an attention whore. She loves butt scratches, swimming, and hunting. And I call her a queen among canines because it’s just true. And in honor of her third birthday, I’m sharing three lessons she’s taught us.
It’s easy to look at our well-mannered grown-up dog and appreciate how wonderful she is. But it was quite the journey getting there. I was ill-prepared for the six-week-old ball of fluff that demanded every ounce of my attention. We struggled (as evidenced here, here, and here) but we persisted. And here we are, all the better for it. And while we’re talking about perseverance, let’s revisit that time last fall when Luna continued to hunt on a broken leg. Talk about persistence (or stubbornness).
Leave Room for Play
Luna has some basic needs like food and water, but she also needs plenty of play time! Having a dog is the easiest reminder to put things on pause and take a break. Whether it’s a quick walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the lacrosse field, a happy Luna involves going outside. Nowadays I know to leave plenty of time for breaks in my schedule, for Luna and for myself!
All You Need is Love
I’ve always been a dog person, but sometimes I can’t believe just how much I love this puppy of mine. They say that dogs get a rush of endorphins when their owners are near, and I think the same happens for humans, too. I am just generally happier when she’s around! Having Luna makes my heart so much fuller and our lives so much richer. I’m not even sure how we spent our time and energy before we had her!
Luna, you are my moon and my stars. I’m going to need you to stay around for another thirty years or so, okay?