Goodbye 2014!

Although I hate the getting older part of a new year, I am excited for 2015! I love the fresh feeling a new year brings; making lists of things I want to do and thinking about what changes I can make to improve my life. One of my resolutions (among many) is to try and enjoy January and February (my least favorite months) rather than just hibernate and try to get through them. Things speed along fast enough, so I want to enjoy the time I have with my dogs, friends and family.

2014 has been a really great year. I got a new job, met some great new friends and did something I’ve been wanting to do a while – became a dog foster. Becoming a dog foster has definitely been a life changing experience for me. I’ve only had three dogs, and two of them for a very short time, but it has taught me so much about myself, how to be a better dog parent to Hunter and increased my love of dogs even more. I know that it is cheesy, but dogs really teach you so much about being happy. Seeing these dogs and what they’ve gone through and how they are still open to people and love even after suffering because of their cruelty, is what makes dogs truly special. They live in the moment and don’t dwell on what’s happened in the past.

My guys Vinnie, Brady and Roscoe.

Not that they aren’t sometimes damaged too though. My current foster Roscoe is much more hesitant and has taken a lot more time than the other two to open up. Roscoe has made me earn every bit of love he gives, and it’s still a work in progress. The first time he took his paw and nudged at me to pet him, my heart melted. This little guy was still so scared, but so desperate for love that he reached out despite his fear. Earning his love has been such a gratifying experience and I can’t wait to see him come out of his shell even more.

In addition to becoming a dog foster, some of my other highlights of 2014 were taking Hunter to his first baseball game, seeing two dogs get married, going to a few dog fashion shows, writing an article on Cleveland for GoPetFriendly and visiting almost every dog friendly patio in Cleveland with Hunter this summer!

Here are some of my favorite photos of the year. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year’s! Thank you for reading and stay tuned in 2015 for even more fun stuff to do with your dog.

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