I never expected to love this job so much. Sure, I thought it would be fun - anyplace that pays you to spend time with animals is bound to be! But I didn't know I would end up enjoying being at work just as much as being at home or with family. I didn't know that although there certainly is quite a bit of poop-scooping, drool-mopping, and ear-plugging....there is also a happiness I have found in boarding dogs that I have never quite felt before.
I didn't know that these dogs would soon come to win my heart.
Instead of cold metal and cement, our boarding facility has suite-like rooms with cameras in each one. There is no smell except a hint of Windex, and we give our pups baths in a whirlpool tub. And rather than sitting behind bars alone all day, we play matchmaker, figuring out which dogs play well with others; the dogs run around and play to their heart's content. These dogs have taught me that although time alone can be fun, life is always better when you have a friend.
They have taught me the importance of play, of taking time out of every day to just enjoy yourself.
Also, naps. Naps are important, too. ;)
I have learned many things about many different breeds, and I've also learned that there are quite a few breed stereotypes that have some truth to them: Beagles can often be found scavenging for food, Great Pyrenees can - it's true! - be quite stubborn, and little white dogs, yes, are sometimes rather yippy...but oh my gosh, are they cute:
Our doggie guests have taught me that a puppy kiss can cure nearly any ailment, and that no matter how fun a vacation is, you should still always be excited to return home. I've learned that the shyest dogs who require a little time and patience are often the sweetest and the most cuddly.
And - though I've known this for a while now - I've learned that dogs are perhaps the most loyal, loving, and comforting companions a person can have. I'm so thankful for all of our amazing guests; I truly love them like they're my own <3
Which one of these dogs do you think is the most adorable? ;) Hard to choose, right?!