I Bought a Dog…

About this time last year and named this adorable puppy Bernoulli (ber-noo-lee).

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You are probably wondering how I came up with the name.  To start Bernoulli is a scientist whose main contribution to science is his principle used in fluid mechanics.  (Yes, if you haven’t guessed, I am kinda a nerd. I did go to Georgia Tech after all.)  One day in Fluids class, I joked that Bernoulli would make a great name for a fish.  Well, I skipped right past getting a fish and went straight for a dog.  Not the brightest decision of my post college life, but definitely the most adventurous.

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I had been thinking about getting a dog for awhile, but didn’t because of all the responsibility that came along with them.  Last Labor Day weekend a couple in my church asked me to dog sit for them.  I agreed to do it and it went well.  The dogs were really sweet and not that hard to take care of.  All I had to do was feed them and let them out into the yard.  So I got to thinking that I could really do this.  The next thing you know, I am searching on the internet about types of dog and which kind a single female should get.  That weekend I found a dog, thought about it for a night, and then pulled the trigger.  I headed to the store and got all the necessary supplies and then went and picked up Bernoulli.  Although my new puppy was absolutely adorable, he was an absolute mess.  Those first few weeks and months of potty training, crate training, and figuring out the ropes were really rough.  I didn’t get a lot of sleep since Bernoulli needed to go out during the night and I had to come home at lunch.  Plus it made hanging out with friends hard; not to mention going out of town.

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It is hard to be mad at him for long.  Eventually, we got into a routine and things started getting better.  Thankfully Bernoulli is a quick learner.  We still have our moments, but it is all worth it.  I love coming home to such a sweet and loving dog.  I love it when he cuddles with me on the couch as we watch TV.  I love always having a running partner that doesn’t quit until I do.  Most of all, I love having someone who is always there to keep me company.  It is true what they say. A dog is a man’s (or woman’s) best friend.

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Now that Bernoulli is a year old, I often wonder to myself if I made the right decision.  I wonder if I should have taken on such a big responsibility of having a dog.  But every time I think about it, it is hard to imagine my life without him.  I enjoy having Bernoulli around and the experience has taught me a lot.  For starters, it has taught me responsibility and how to be less selfish.  Now I have someone else to take care besides myself.   It has also taught be how to be spontaneous and let go a little.  With having a dog, nothing is ever perfectly clean and nothing usually goes as planned.  It forces me to go with the flow and not to sweat the small stuff.  At the end of the day, I would not change my decision.  Even with how hard this last year has been, it has been totally worth it.  This situation started as lemons but quickly turned into some sweet lemonade.

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