I am an over-zealous dog mom. Perhaps that is just my fancy way of saying I’m a crazy dog lady. But infertility robbed me of my chance to have a biological two-legged kiddo. My hubby and I decided that adoption was not our path. And while we adore our exchange daughter, she lives in Brazil and is not our daily responsibility. So, that leaves my fur baby. And since I have this overwhelming desire to care for, to love, to nurture, Maddie gets the benefits of an involved fur mama.
An Involved Fur Mama
That means, I know what is going on with my kid. So, when she started biting at her paws, it became my mission to alleviate this issue. First, I introduced coconut oil into her diet with homemade grain-free peanut butter coconut oil dog treats. Then, I talked with our veterinarian (but didn’t want to resort to meds), so I continued searching for a natural remedy. This led to making her food at home with organic meats and veggies and cleaning Maddie’s little feet every evening with homemade paw wipes made with essential oils.
And you know what? It worked! The coconut oil, the homemade organic foods, the paw wipes with essential oils… My research, my effort… It worked! Maddie isn’t chewing and biting at her cute, little paws anymore!
No complaints from my fur kid…
As I thought about this, I realized something else—another bright side to being an infertile, childless, dog mom. Maddie did not once complain about the change in food or cleaning the paws or the over-zealous mama that she has…
Over the past weeks, as I offered Maddie peas, green beans, asparagus, and even spinach, she has happily gobbled it all up. There are no tantrums. No tears about being forced to eat vegetables. No questions about what I put in her bowl. Nope. My baby just eats up her dinner, always saving her carrots for last!
When I offer her a piece of banana, apple, pear, or watermelon for a snack, she is ecstatic! There is no negotiation for a cookie or candy bar instead.
And before bed, when I clean her tootsies with the paw wipes I’ve made, she just sits there calmly and lets me. No, it’s not her favorite thing. But she doesn’t throw her head back and wail that she doesn’t want me to do it. In fact, she even gives me a few kisses every now and then.
Crazy, Over-zealous, Awesome
As I thought about all of this, I smiled, realizing that my fur baby doesn’t think I’m a crazy dog lady. No, she appreciates the efforts of her over-zealous dog mom. And my hubby? Well, he thinks it’s pretty awesome that I’ve started doing all of this for our girl. (Thank goodness, he embraces my zeal!)
Live Life Happy
I suppose I tell you all of this to encourage you to live your life in a way that makes you joyful, and even better, happy…
I love taking care of Maddie. I love cooking her food and making her paw wipes and taking her to doggie day camp. I love buying her gifts and dressing her up and taking her on car rides with us. I love getting ice-cream with her on a hot summer’s day and making sure the car is warmed up for her on a cold winter’s one. I love traveling with her and taking pictures with her and watching her smile. I love every single thing about my relationship with Maddie. I love that she is my fur baby.
And while not everyone understands my over-zealous nature (perhaps even some of you think it’s a bit over the top), it works for me. It makes me happy. Since I am not hurting anyone… In fact, I am improving Maddie’s life and my own… I’ll continue to be an over-zealous dog mom.
I encourage you to find what works for you… Live life happy!
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