“You and Steve should adopt her!” my good friend was gleaming when she showed me a picture of a tiny goldendoodle that I had no idea would change my life forever.
How could I possibly say no to this face?
My husband Steve had a plan: build a house, get a dog, and meet a girl. He had two out of three, so it just seemed like perfect timing.
I just knew deep down that she would add so much to our little family.
That night (I remember it so clearly), I was already completely attached and couldn’t wait to go meet Myla.
It is not often that there is an opportunity to adopt a beautiful three-month-old goldendoodle .
And because we were unlikely to get a dog from a breeder, and definitely not from a pet store, we knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime!
Okay so the big question...
One, how did we get so lucky adopting a goldendoodle, and two, why on earth was a three-month-old goldendoodle even in the position to be adopted? An older couple had purchased her from a pet store and had her for only 10 days. We’re not exactly sure why, but they wanted to return her and get their money back (so sad, I know), so this woman who has a huge heart for dogs (not sure of their connection) ran over and said she’d take her because she was fearful what might happen to Myla if she was returned to the store.
It is hard to imagine anyone giving Myla up after any amount of time with her, but selfishly, I am so happy they did! It's impossible to picture my days without her cuddles and even her (not so adorable-but adorable) barking.
Goldendoodles are sassy- they take charge of whatever room they are in, and my Myla is no different.
Myla's traits and why?
SASSY- with a capital S! She's all sorts of Sassy.
CONFIDENT- Myla's not afraid, and she thinks she’s sooo tough.
LOVING- She's super lovable, loves to cuddle, and always sits on my lap when we ride in the car.
I know I speak for all of us pet owners out here when I say that #nationalloveyourpetday should be an every day celebration.
It’s hard to not notice the way Myla turns her head in trust when she sees me walk into the room, or the way she thinks she watches over Steve and I in a protective way.
How has having a dog changed your life?
It’s hard to imagine life without her. She brings us so much joy and really is the light of our lives. When I’m down or stressed out, she’s always there to jump up and give me a ‘hug’ and immediately cheer me up when I see her. We’re fortunate that Steve can take her to work every single day, and I’m able to bring her into the office as well. As entrepreneurs, at this stage in the game we are working all the time-- including weekends-- and it’s great to bring Myla with us wherever we go and she never has to be alone.
“Before you get a dog you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; but afterward you can’t imagine it any other way” -Caroline Knapp