Before you say it, I am struggling. Struggling with my kids growing up and moving out and being far away. I mean, I’m good, but it’s hard. My whole life has been built around being mom. It’s a real change to not be needed in that role so much.
So I did something…I got a puppy! A free puppy. Hello, Facebook Buy Nothing group! A whole litter was posted for free. They said the mom was a Shar pei, the dad unknown and they would be ready in 4-5 weeks. I jumped on it.
And here she is…my new baby, Addie! And yes, I do snuggle her every afternoon after work just like a baby. All my other dogs are adjusting and actually for the first time playing. It is amazing to see. (For those that don’t know, we’ve been fostering dogs for years, they are all older and pretty emotionally damaged from their previous life.)
Addie follows me everywhere inside and out. She is finally sleeping through the night. And I took her to Tractor Supply vet day for her first round of shots and de-worming (right around $100) a couple of weeks ago. She’s also started going to the weekly outdoor concerts with me in our tiny town.
This was her first time on a leash, so it was a learning experience. I realize this is something else for my budget. But more than that, this is for my mental health. She makes me happy and comforts me and gives me someone to play ball with…and I love her!
Hope is a digital marketing manager and foster/adoptive single mom to five kids. She has run her own consulting company for over 15 years and took a leap of faith returning to the corporate world in 2021 to a job and team she loves! Hope began sharing her journey with the BAD community in the Spring of 2015 and feels like she has finally mastered the balance between family first and wise financial decisions.