Well gang, we have survived the first five months of puppy life with Max and Ollie and I’ve gotta admit, there were days that I just didn’t know if we were going to get through. I think it was the copious amounts of poop and pee that they liked to leave ALL OVER THE HOUSE ALL OF THE TIME. Potty training is a real and tiring thing people. Imagine having two toddlers who never wore diapers. Just free fallin’ all day long. It was pretty much just like that, however, after a few months of praying, wine and those amazing bells you hang on your front door, they are now trained and we are officially madly, deeply, passionately in love. I mean, minus the whole chewing on dining room chairs, eating out the crotch area of my favorite lounge shorts [am I allowed to say that word on here?] and the occasional shoe that goes missing of one of our guests, we’re good. But seriously, I am happy again.
I look back at that time six months ago when we lost Maggie and it truly was the hardest time of my life in these 31 years of living. I lost a ton of my hair, I went into a mild depression where I didn’t want to leave the house and would cry at the most random of times, heck, I went to the doctor and my heartbeat was out of this world from the constant panic attack I was living. To say it rocked my world in a real and hard way is an understatement. But it’s also a testament to just how much these little balls of fur can impact our lives in the best way possible.
Ever since losing Maggie and taking on the new and exciting adventures of Max and Ollie, I’ve been super protective over what we put in their mouths. I think this is mostly because I was NEVER this way with Maggie and now looking back, I wish I would have been. These poor boys have yet to experience any “human food” while Maggie was polishing off bowls of macaroni and cheese on the daily. Because of this, I have found it super important to find treats and dog food that provide 100% real quality ingredients. Insert Milo’s Kitchen home-style dog treats that I found at Meijer recently. Here’s why I [or mostly they] love em’ so much – they are made of 100% beef, chicken, duck, or whatever meat you choose as the #1 ingredient, all here in the good ole US of A. They are totally free of artificial flavors or colors and the best part – when you give them to your dogs, you feel like you aren’t giving them a piece of trash [I was constantly saying “this is so gross” when handing Maggie some of her treats before]. The furry ones that we love the most deserve the same quality of ingredients that we humans deserve for our food. Now they are finally getting it thanks to Milo’s Kitchen home-style dog treats. Bonus – you can get a special deal on them at the bottom of this post! Their most requested treats – the chicken and steak grillers! So yes, next time you come over please have a few of these in your pockets. They will lick your ears as a thank you and that’s a promise. Long story short, life and our new normal is looking pretty good. While I obviously still miss my little girl like crazy, Max and Ollie have been the most wonderful(ish) addition to our life and now I can’t picture our world without them. Just the other morning Ollie wrapped his little self all around my neck and slept like that for a few hours before we got up for the day and it was the most comforting, cuddliest moment I’ve had with these dogs yet. I am so thankful that these boys came into our lives shortly after Maggie left ours. Not to replace her, but to continue the love and joy that dogs have the power of bringing along with them. Max and Ollie, mama loves you a lot. A lot a lot. Now who’s ready for another treat?
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