My little family recently celebrated a huge milestone, it’s been a year since my boyfriend and I adopted our dog, Cooper! Most people roll their eyes when I talk about how much of my life revolves around our dog, but my fellow dog parents understand.

When I first moved out of my parents’ house, I felt like I was missing something. That something was my dogs. For most of my childhood my family owned dogs, so not having a furry friend to come home to after a tough day was ruff (too corny? I think not).

There’s something about that furry ball of joy that makes your day a bit brighter, even when they chew apart their $60 Tempur-Pedic dog bed (true story). But with that happiness comes responsibility.

I can’t go out all night and crash at a friends house, or go away for a weekend without finding a dog-sitter, because that’ll mean Cooper gets stuck in a kennel for hours on end. These sacrifices seem silly to a non pet owner, “just put his food bowl in the kennel”, they’ll say… which is a NO NO to this dog mom. Why should he be stuck in a crate waiting for me while I go out?

It’s not always so easy to just stay home though, being that I am a full time student that works 5-6 days a week.  Many days I rush home from school to let him out before having to put him right back up to go to work, which let’s be honest has brought me to tears many times. I know many dog parents understand the guilt I feel when I can’t give Cooper the time to run around and play.

Many people my age think it’s silly to be so attached to an animal but to that I say, once you have a pet of your own, you’ll know what it’s like.

In honor of having this playful pup in our lives for a whole year, here are some of my favorite photos!

Happy Adoption Day Cooper!


Our first family photo!
Cooper’s first time running errands with me
Getting a bone for his first vet visit after we brought him home!


Our first Christmas together!
Cooper loves bird watching outside!


Like the true south Louisiana boy he is, he loved the Mardi Gras beads!


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