Hello again fur-iends. It’s been awhile. 5 weeks ago, I left the crazy world of DC for the calmer streets of Harrisburg, PA. Tucker has split time between the two places as my husband and I wrapped up our lease in … Continue reading
To my loyal Tails of A Crazy Dog Mom readers, taking a time out today to write a more personal piece not necessarily all about dogs…normal content to return soon!
If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend everyone drive on the George Washington Parkway into the DC area. I once made a pact with myself that if I were ever driving that stretch of road and the DC skyline with the Washington Monument came into view and I didn’t smile or it didn’t take my breath away, I would know it’s time to leave.
I have to break that pact.
You see, it’s just impossible not to be mesmerized by that view. And as you get closer or go along the Parkway other monuments come into view. Whether you’ve lived here 9 months, 90 years, or like me, almost 9 years, you just can’t help but be blown away by DC’s beauty.
But. And there’s a but. It’s expensive. It’s hard to live here without family close by. It can feel like a rat race and wear you down. So DC, after almost nine years, I have to break up with you. But not before I say Thank You.
When I arrived in January 2008, I was 25 and knew only a few people. I was wide-eyed and if I had to pick a song, Wide Open Spaces from the Dixie Chicks is what would have defined me. I started a job at a legislative tracking firm. I loved the Metro. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. My job was tough but I was so fortunate to meet a great group of young people just like me- eager to explore the area and mostly people who didn’t know that many other people. We explored new restaurants and neighborhoods. We went up the Washington Monument at night. We did the 4th of July fireworks. We went to Nats games and golfing on East Potomac Park among the monuments. We drank too much. Or not enough depending on the work day. We laughed, we cried. We helped eachother move. We cursed the Metro (I don’t love it as much as I did anymore). We formed good friendships even after some people started to leave the area. We were in each other’s weddings. I truly learned here that friends are family.
I never felt like I was a DC-lifer. In fact, at one point I even temporarily left, only to come back six weeks later with a great job offer and more importantly, I had met THE boy who was here. A few months in, it was clear that this was not just another relationship, but THE relationship that would lead to marriage. I had to persuade him a little bit, sitting on his front porch asking him if he was my boyfriend (I had to make it clear before he went on an all guys college football roadtrip). New memories were made. Even a skydiving trip. Families met. We became an official family in 2012 with our marriage. That next year we got our puppy Tucker. We enjoyed the area and every year when our lease came up for renewal we discussed leaving and every year we decided to stay.
Until this past year. We made a decision that we would really strive to leave the area. We had interviews in Pennsylvania that didn’t lead to anything until June. An opportunity was presented to me that we couldn’t refuse.
And yet, I sit here in our apartment in Arlington a few days away from starting a new job and I’m nervous about leaving the area. It’s scary because the boy will be staying down here until our lease ends in October. There are lots of unknowns but there are also several ways life will be easier. New adventures await which we are excited for. I’m hoping Tucker will enjoy his new adventures as well. I’m hoping for a fenced in back yard for him! But I will never forget my time here. In fact, if we ever have kids, I am making sure they spend at least a year in DC. I just hope they don’t need me to pay their rent when that time comes.
So DC, in the words of Adele:
I’m giving you up
I’ve forgiven it all
You set me free, oh
Send my love to your new lover
Treat her better
We’ve gotta let go of all of our ghosts
We both know we ain’t kids no more
Send my love to your new lover.
Except don’t treat her better. Treat her exactly the same. Because for every tear I may have cried here, I also laughed 1,000 times more. For every time I cursed the metro, I remembered that’s where I met the husband. So when I’m driving out of here today, I will glance in my rearview mirror back at you but then look onward to the future (and don’t miss me too much, I’ll be back on the weekends!)
Happy September! We have some cooler weather and I so wish it would last but they said another heat wave next week. September will usher in several changes in our lives as I take on a new job and I’m a bit anxious with all the changes that will be happening next week so I’m going to try and enjoy this weekend to the fullest.
Last week my husband and I went on a trip to London! I’ve never been and it was so cool. Tucker was well taken care of with my parents and Spenser and Oliver. He’ll be seeing more of them this fall as we’re moving back to their area and I know they just love each other so much. Of course, Tucker’s still having some colitis issues that he’s being treated for. I’m hoping with all these upcoming changes, it doesn’t get worse but we’ll just have to see. Positive pooping thoughts please! (yep, I just wrote that!)
Here’s a question for you- when you travel, do you leave a guide for your pet sitter–even if they’ve watched your pet before? We have a Tucker guide and depending on who watches Tucker, it can be anywhere from a page to a few pages. I like to write everything I can think of so no one gets surprised. My parents who have watched Tucker several times laugh at this. However, when we picked him up on Sunday, here was an exchange between my dad and I:
Dad- Tucker tore up a blanket. Pretty minor.
Carly: Did you read the guide? I said not to leave blankies with him.
Dad- Oh yeah, I actually read it two days after he did it.
Anyway, there’s a lot of cute stories I’ve seen since we’ve been awhile. Here’s a few!
Blind dog led by his canine pal: I just love love love this story! It just shows how loving dogs can be.
Puppy with Purpose: Of course, I believe all puppies have a purpose but there are some really amazing pups out there. Of course the Today Show profiled Wrangler and now has Charlie. Best of luck Wrangler and I love seeing Charlie and his noise cancelling headphones!
Hugging pup: Full disclosure, I may have profiled this dog before, I can’t remember. But I think this is so cute. I want to find her next time I go to NYC!
And in DUH news: Dogs understand us! Of course they do, but like children and husbands, they have selective hearing! I frequently ask Tucker if he has his listening ears on.
Hope you have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend planned!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a thorough blog post. I’ll blame the dog days of summer (I’m ready for cooler temperatures), some travel, and the Summer Olympics. Ok, and maybe some laziness on my part.
During the last heat dome at the end of July, we were able to take Tucker swimming which he had a blast at. Since then, we had a little better weather walking wise minus this past weekend which has truly been close to the 7th circle of hell. Last weekend we were visiting Tucker’s grandparents in Pennsylvania where he had great fun with his Uncles Oliver and Spenser and he got to see his cousin Bailey (who is Spenser’s littermate so it’s sort of Uncle-Cousin Bailey). We’ve watched a lot of Olympics. So much so that Tucker has put himself to bed a few times before we’ve finished watching.
There are going to be some changes in the next few months that I am excited about but also very nervous. We have a move coming up and while I think it will be very good, I am worried about Tucker will handle it. I know ultimately he will be fine, but it will certainly be an adjustment. The good news is that we will be back with family and he’ll see Spenser, Oliver and Bailey all the time so that will be a comfort.
Before I get into this week’s stories, I’d like for you all to have the LCC K-9 comfort dogs in your thoughts and prayers. These therapy dogs and their handlers were caught in crossfire over the weekend and while it could have been way worse, they still need all our love.
Here’s something that made me smile and some photos from our adventures. Have fun watching week 2 of the Olympics!
Take Your Dog to Work: Can anyone do this? This article examines workplaces that allow dogs and find that it’s less stress. Tucker’s not sure he wants to go to work- he has a busy social life away from us!
Sitting here watching the Olympics, I’m thinking a lot about the passage of time. Four years ago at the 2012 Summer Olympics, I was a few weeks away from getting married. Now, I’m married, I’m a dog mom, and I’m a few weeks … Continue reading
This week seemed to go by pretty quickly which was nice and we’re all settled into this nice little heat dome. This means early early early morning walks and short walks after the sun goes down. Boo. But, safety first and we have to protect our pups and ourselves. I hope you are all drinking plenty of water! I’m excited because tomorrow morning Tucker is going swimming so I am sure that will feel good for him! Right now he is snoozing on the couch which looks like a mighty fine idea for me. Screw laundry and cleaning, right?
Here are a few more things I saw this week that made me smile:
Trust Falls: I think this is so goofy! He made me laugh.
Police Dogs Graduate: Sadly, it’s a scary time in our country to be a police officer. These brave men and women protect us everyday. But let’s not forget that there are also K-9 cops who protect us too. Best wishes to these furry new police graduates!
If I could Talk: Ok dog lovers, fair warning. This will make you cry. It’s so sweet but it will make you cry. So if you have to be out in public in a few hours, just wait until you can stay home and have a big sob.
Also, a reminder that today is #CleartheShelters, an initiative to help pets find their Furever Homes. And if you can’t get there today, make every day a #CleartheShelters day.
I hope you are staying cool wherever you are.
Happy Monday! I hope that you found something fun to do this weekend. It’s been warm here which means continued early early morning walks and afternoon naps. On Saturday we went to see the Secret Life of Pets. I won’t spoil it … Continue reading
It seems like every week, heck almost every day there’s something horrific happening in the world. It saddens me to no end that this is the world we live in now. A world where you have to worry at every turn. … Continue reading
Does anyone else have a case of the Mondays or is it just me? I definitely did not want to get out of bed this morning and I felt like I ran a marathon before I even got to work. It’s certainly hard to go back to work after last week’s holiday shortened week. I thought since I haven’t posted some of my favorite stories recently, I would do so today instead of waiting until the end of the week.
26 pictures that sum up what it’s like to have a dog that won’t leave you alone: Because I bet your dog is sitting on you as you read this post.
Mama Dog Observes her baby and he may not be the brightest in the litter: We’ve all been this puppy. And we’ve probably all been like his mom while watching someone else. Frankly, anytime I see someone clearly doing that Pokemon game, I feel like this mom.
New Jersey Senate Passes Bill That Bans Puppy Mill Sales In New Pet Stores: This bill is on it’s way to consideration in the New Jersey Assembly. According to HSUS, if enacted, the bill will protect New Jersey consumers by prohibiting the sale of puppies from the worst puppy mills. The bill would require New Jersey pet dealers to be licensed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and free of certain Animal Welfare Act violations to sell dogs to New Jersey consumers. The bill also prohibits any pet dealer who violates these provisions three times from selling in the state. Additionally, any new pet stores would be prohibited from selling puppy mill puppies under the proposed law. Let’s get this passed Jersey!
And then there’s my poop humor…
Hopefully you had a great Monday!
Every year since we’ve had Tucker, the semi crazy dog dad has gone on a 4th of July vacation back to Indiana. I’ve never joined and it’s mainly because his parents can’t stand me for too long- probably because I am a Democrat and a lapsed Catholic. I kid, I kid. Not about the Democrat or lapsed Catholic part, that’s all true, but about his parents not being able to stand me. I know they like me. He mainly goes and plays about 100 rounds of golf with his dad and I’m much happier being back here taking care of Tucker without having to find a sitter for him. Plus, I don’t have to have my mother in-law’s judgy eyes on me when I finish a bottle of wine in a day (er, one sitting).
Again, kidding-not about the wine consumption, but about the judgy eyes. Actually, maybe I’m not….
This is an important staycation for Tucker and I because we are not left alone together very often for a long period of time. The semi crazy dog dad rarely travels for work and it’s important that Tucker knows he has to listen to me.
Frequently if the semi crazy dog dad is out, Tucker thinks he is the boss. He doesn’t like to settle, he grabs the blankets and runs around, he wants to play and play and play and yes, he even tries to assert some dominance over me (I’ll let you figure out what that means). However, during this vacation, we are usually able to establish the rules fairly quickly that I am in charge. This year it helped that the weather wasn’t been too hot and humid and we had great walks. I always say a tired dog is a good dog! I’m not going to say that Tucker doesn’t try to get away with stuff. The last night of our staycation, I took him out and he came back, jumped on the couch and grabbed the blanket and started running around the apartment with it. It was 11 pm. However, I love this staycation because it gives us some one on one time and reminds Tucker that I can be the boss. Plus I don’t get judgy eyes from him when I consume a bottle of wine. In one sitting.
I hope whatever you did for the 4th that you had a great holiday. Here’s some glimpses of ours.
PS- No inlaws were harmed at the writing of this blog, and yes I did show it to the crazy dog dad before publishing..
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