Sweet Murphy

Word on the street is that it's National Dog Day. And would I be a decent puppy mama and not mention Murphy? No, no I would not. 

Sweet Murphy is truly the light of our lives. I have always been a dog lover. An animal lover really. And I believe every household should have a pet. That being said, Josh came into marriage not even close to being an animal or dog lover. But now! Oh but now you should see that guy. He loves on Murphy 24/7 and his heart for animals has grown so much. Both Josh and I will admit we shouldn't have adopted Murphy when we did, we needed to settle into our home and marriage a little longer, before we added a furry, four legged friend. But when I went to our local shelters website one Thursday afternoon, a mere month after our wedding, and saw the sweetest face of Murphy, then named Simba, I came home and begged Josh to "just go look". We went and saw the buddy for the first time on a Friday afternoon, spent the next day prepping our house for him, and brought that crazy haired, army crawling, timid pup home on Sunday.  You guys should have seen the look on Josh's face walking Murphy to the car the day we adopted him, I think he may have already been considering divorce. Hahahaha totally kidding of course, but man did he look like "oh crap, what did we just do". Once we got him home, we've never looked back since.

Ok, that's a lie. Josh looked back a LOT the first month we had Murph. Because every morning and every afternoon we'd look at the front windows to see Murphy charging around the front yard and up and down the street because he had escaped the back yard. We spent countless nights and dollars at Lowes buying cinder block those first few weeks. I bet we went at least twice a week to get more and more, because Murphy kept escaping. 

He's eaten shoes, pillows, knocked over and destroyed the trash hundreds of times, eaten a whole pan of fudge which resulted in spending Christmas night at the emergency vet and spending half our savings, growled at every family member that's come through the front door, and been more mischievous than you can imagine. 

But I wouldn't trade that pup for the world. And I'm also happy to report he has grown out of chewing up everything, trash eating and growling at everyone. Although, we are still working on the being nice and playing nice with others. 

I tell everyone that I'm absolutely convinced that Murphy is a human kid trapped inside a dog body. The things he does are so human like, it's probably my favorite trait of his. 

Here are a few things about our sweet buddy: 

-He will put himself to bed when he's ready. He'll march down the hall, jump up on the guest bed that is covered with a special sheet just for him, situate his fuzzy blanket just right, grab a toy, and cuddle right up and sleep until morning. 

-He is SO vocal. Ask him if he wants dinner or to go the park and that guy freaks out. Howling, crying, more howling, barking, and more crying. He will definitely let you know how he's feeling. Sometimes if we're not giving him enough attention or if he doesn't feel very well, he'll march around the house just crying his little head off. 

-He watches TV. I swear he does. He once put his front two paws up on the mantel when he caught a glimpse of a black bear on TV standing on its two back legs. 

-He is always over the moon when you walk in the door and will never greet you without a toy. He is obsessed with toys. He carries them everywhere, in the car, to the park, everywhere. He can often be found sitting in his bed surrounded by his toys, loving on them and he likes to tuck them under his head or paw to sleep. 

-He's a big cuddler when he's in the mood. Saturday morning snuggles are the best. 

-He has really bad allergies and has recently started scratching his nose on everything. The bed, my wicker hamper, the rocks in the fireplace, the lazy boy and the blinds are a few of his favorite places. 

-Speaking of lazy boy, that's his favorite place to sit during the day and gaze out the window. 

-He's lighting fast and loves to take off sprinting at the park. 

I could write pages upon pages about our sweet boy, but I'll spare you ;) I hope you have a puppy dog to love on today!

 Also, I can't forget my sweet girl at home with my mom and dad, on Christmas she will turn 15. Dixie was my sidekick growing up and I hope she has 15 more years left in her because I can't bare the thought of her being gone. Love you, my precious baby girl.

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