Recently, John and I were rehashing 2007, the year we brought Lucas home. It was a tense, fraught year filled with tears… some were tears of happiness, but most were tears of frustration and fear and panic. We said how much better our lives could have been if we had known (or if it existed then?) about the vibrant pet blogging community. If we had people to connect with who shared our struggles with a fearful, reactive, often unpredictable ball of love.
People like Jessica and her dog, Silas, at My Imperfect Dog.
I spent some time combing through her posts, and her words resonated with me. Dealing with fear-reactive dogs can be an exhausting, overwhelming, immensely rewarding experience. Her writing zeroes in on this truth. From dreading a simple annual checkup to celebrating momentous victories, Jessica captures the experience of loving the things that make our dogs both channeling and lovable.
So, for my gift exchange post, and as someone who is fond of collecting quotes, I compiled the top five insights I found sprinkled throughout her blog.
Psst. Follow Silas on Twitter. Then, share the insights that speak to you. Either click the embedded button or copy/paste and credit via @MyImperfectDog!
In her very first post, she wrote:
I also spent a lot of time as a new dog owner feeling bad that my dog wasn’t “perfect.” I think the world could use more transparency about the fact that owning a good dog (not a perfect dog!) is part luck but mostly serious, very worthwhile work.
And I adore this insight, when writing about defending her “difficult” dog:
One of my most favorite lines, which can be understood by anyone with a fearful dog, came from her New Year’s 2012 post, and serves as the best. reminder. ever. to celebrate every win a fearful dog has:
Oh, dear Jessica, if only you knew how much I loved your Limitations post. One of the things John and I talked about was how much our life changed – had to change, really – to accommodate Lucas. Yet, somehow those changes were never a burden because they were because of all the things we love about him!
And, my favorite one of all. Sing it, sister:
I love this quote so much that I wanted to make it shareable for everyone, so check it out below, and please feel free to share her valuable words across social media! (To download, right click and save to your computer. To share on Pinterest, hover over the pic and click the button.)