This morning I stepped waaaaaaaaaaaaay outside of my comfort zone you guys. I feel like this is a bold move, even if it seems silly to everyone else, but here’s what you have to understand: I haven’t taken our dogs to a dog park in over a year.
That’s right. The crazy rambunctious, loud, HUGE, overprotective pups that we are blessed to call ours – well, suffice to say it was time to get them outside for an extended period of time.
Now before you think that I haven’t let them play outside in over a year, you also should know that we have a massive backyard that they love playing in. But those of you dog owners out there can testify that nothing wears a dog out quite like the dog park, amen?
Nate was working this morning and it was a beautiful, cool, sunny morning so I figured it was high time to get going. After Wes and I ate breakfast we put on our warm clothes and packed the two of us and 150+ pounds of dog into the car. The best thing was that Wes was cracking up the whole way there – he thought riding in the backseat with the dogs was the best thing ever!
We got to the park and I literally sat in the running car and prayed that we would have fun and that it wouldn’t be nearly as stressful as I was imagining it could be. I love our dogs so much that it feels like my heart will explode sometimes, but they can be a lot of work without a toddler; when you throw a little man in the mix it can certainly be quite the undertaking. And the last time I took them to a dog park was when we lived in Colorado and Wes was 6 months old. It was much easier to strap him in the Ergo and go!
OK. So the fact that I’m alive to tell the tale is probably a good sign, right? The great thing was that practically every other dog there was a lab and the owners were so sweet. The dogs are literally snoring next to me right now (as is Wes in his room), and my little guy laughed literally the entire time. He LOVED the park! And those prayers I was throwing up right before we got out of the car? Totally answered. God is faithful, even in the silly things.