Hey y’all! I’m Presley from Run Pretty, a blog about all aspects of my life: my family, my job, my dog, running, cooking, and my (soon-to-be) son. I’ve been reading Claire’s blog for some time now, and I am honored to type up a quick guest post for her! That being said, not much is going on in my life besides being perpetually tired… so let’s talk about my pup, Buddy!
We got Bud in August of last year, and he has been cracking us up ever since. While we’ve not yet had him a year, he’s already taught me so much. I thought I should share some of my favorite Buddy lessons with y’all.
Exercise Should Be Enjoyable
Every time I grab Buddy’s leash, it seems like he cannot contain his excitement. His tail wags, his body shakes, and he starts to howl. Shouldn’t we be just as excited for a chance to get moving? It would be great if every time I laced up my sneakers, I was just as happy to get up and get out there. Then, on days when I’m not taking him for a walk or a jog, he’ll take off running sprints in the backyard on his own. He doesn’t need a “running buddy” to get his workouts in. I honestly wish I was half as enthusiastic as my dog.
Stretching Is a Worthwhile Pastime
Not only does Buddy always get his workouts in, he also always makes time for stretching. Every single morning, the first the he does is hop out of bed for a long stretch. I barely remember to stretch when I’m actually working out, much less when I’m waking up. I bet it feels amazing to stretch yourself out first thing in the morning. Maybe I’ll try it!
Eat When You’re Hungry
Buddy never really eats if he isn’t hungry. He’ll go sniff at his bowl and walk away until later. He doesn’t eat out of boredom, frustration, or even “just because”. I think that is a huge lesson to learn for many of us out there. I know that I’ll go grab a handful of something just because it’s sitting on the counter. I need to take a page from Buddy’s book and only grab something to snack on if I’m actually hungry. That being said, Bud does know that there are times when treats are definitely okay. He can tear up some ice cream like nobody’s business! Buddy understands the importance of finding a healthy balance, for sure.
Loyalty Is an Important Trait
There are few things more important in life than loyalty. Think about the people you have in your life that you can truly trust. What if they didn’t give a darn about being loyal? Buddy understands this, and always has our back! That barking dog down the street? Bud’s watching him. That man walking down the road. Yep, Bud’s got it on lock. Buddy’s loyalty definitely manifests itself in his willingness to protect us. Now, I don’t know how much he could really do to keep us safe, but it’s the thought that counts!
Greet Everyone Enthusiastically
I wouldn’t recommend butt-sniffing others the way Buddy does, but it wouldn’t hurt to adopt that sort of mentality. He is always looking for a new friend. Everyone he meets might not reciprocate those positive feelings, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. Eventually, though, everyone he meets comes around. He’s just too happy-go-lucky to not love.
Always Make Time to Play
This is my favorite thing about Buddy. No matter what time it is, what we are doing, where we are… he’s ready to play! That kind of spirit is contagious. There are days when the last thing I want to do is smile, and somehow Buddy will get me to rolling on the floor laughing. Then we end up playing, and I forget how ticked off I was in the beginning. Owning Buddy truly brings out the playful side of us and brings us so much joy.
Thanks for reading… and thank you, Claire, for sharing your corner of the blog world with me! Remember, when you aren’t busy with Claire’s fantastic-ness, you should come spend some time with me!