Never in a million years did I think I'd become a dog obsessed person. Growing up I was scared of dogs, but I did always have a thing for Comet from Full House. I secretly had always wanted a Golden Retriever because I thought he looked so cute and happy.
Weirdly enough it turns out David had always wanted a golden too. One gloomy winter day 5 years ago we both mentioned we wanted a golden and picked out Nala that same day.
I love Nala to pieces. She's always felt like my baby. I was such a nervous wreck when we brought her home because I knew NOTHING about dogs. I was always scared I was going to hurt her or break her or do something wrong. There were so many times I said "I'm just going to take her to the emergency vet!" but thank goodness David is much more level headed than me and we never actually had to do that.
When we bought our house, we both decided we wanted another dog so Nala could have a buddy to play with in the backyard. Our work schedule is pretty crazy during the spring, summer, and fall so we had to wait until the winter before we could actually get one.
At the very beginning of December, we brought Joey Tribbiani Parrish home. I had started to get a little nervous and anxious about it - Could I ever love him as much as I love Nala? Am I really ready for a puppy again?
The first couple weeks were definitely an adjustment for all of us, especially Nala. She was a little standoffish at first. If he came near her, she'd get up and walk away. If he drank out of the water bowl first, she'd refuse to drink until I gave her a fresh bowl. We went back to accidents in the house and getting up in the middle of the night to take him out. I was definitely a little overwhelmed - props to all you Moms out there because for the couple weeks it was like this, I was TIRED! I was also so worried about Nala and wondered if we had traumatized her by bringing Joey home.
Then Nala realized Joey could play and everything changed. They started running around the backyard together like a couple of crazies, chewing sticks together, and cuddling. When the two of them are playing and loving each other like that, my heart feels like it's goin to burst. They are so cute and beyond sweet together. Little Joey wiggled his way into all of our hearts in a big way. I adore this little guy and so do Nala and David. Now I cannot imagine our family without him. It made me realize out hearts are always bigger and capable of more than we think they are.
Our house isn't as spotless as it once was, and some of our furniture has gotten a little extra "love" lately, but I have never been happier and our house has never felt more like home. Two dogs is always better than one.
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