Before I was a Dog Mom: I made and ate hot meals
unmolested; I had unstained, unfurred clothes; I had
quiet conversations on the phone, even if the doorbell
rang.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I slept as late as I wanted
and never worried about how late I got to bed . . . or
if I could get into my bed.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I cleaned my house everyday, I
never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies, or invited
the neighbor’s dog over to play.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I didn’t worry if my plants,
cleansers, plastic bags, toilet paper, soap or
deodorant were poisonous or dangerous.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never been peed on,
pooped on, drooled on, chewed on, or pinched by puppy
teeth.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had complete control of my
thoughts, my body and my mind. I slept all night
without sharing the covers or pillow.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I never looked into big,
soulful eyes and cried. I never felt my heart break
into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop a hurt. I
never knew something so furry and four-legged could
affect my heart so deeply.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never held a sleeping
puppy just because I couldn’t put it down. I had never
gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes
to make sure all was well. I didn’t know how warm it
feels inside to feed a hungry puppy. I didn’t know
that something so small could make me feel so
important.

Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never known the warmth,
the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment, or
the satisfaction of being.

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