The Thrill of the Routine

 Captain Midnight

Captain Midnight

We got a new dog! This glossy, gorgeous mutt, a Lab-Pointer mix, came to us from the Prince George’s County shelter, and now our whole household routine has changed. You know how you think you’re too busy to add anything to your schedule, and then some major life event happens and somehow you just find the time? That’s how it has been around here with our new dog.

I will say, my husband has taken on most of the dog-related responsibilities—feeding, walking, training, socializing at the dog park, playing tug, taking him to work sometimes. (He’s a great office dog, being a dedicated foot-sitter and mostly quiet. Mostly.) I’m pitching in with lots of belly scratches and extended lounging on the living room floor.

Captain Midnight (he came to us named “Midnight” and we promoted him) does best when he is given love, love, love, love, love and a predictable routine. Kind of like people, right? So having the Cap’n around is making me think about the importance of keeping to my own routines.

As a self-employed person, the structure of my day is up to me. If I’m loosey-goosey with my time, then I don’t get much done, and I don’t sell much real estate. When I stick to my schedule, check off my lists, and do what I need to do per my business plan, then everything goes so much better. How about that! Having a dog in the house, a time-suck, to be quite honest, is somehow making this life lesson clearer to me.

 Captain Midnight out for an afternoon of crabbing

Captain Midnight out for an afternoon of crabbing

The other great thing about this new dog is how much he’s getting us out to enjoy our fine state of Maryland. My husband has taken him crabbing on the Chesapeake. Together we’ve hiked with him and followed up with a wine-tasting at a nearby vineyard with a dog-friendly patio.

As pet owners, it’s our job to make our dog’s life great. I mean otherwise, why get a pet? In the process, our own home life has become pretty fun too!

 Family hike

Family hike