Say hello to my baby boy, the apple of my eye, my little cutie, gorgeous ball of fluff, Rory. I've blogged about him before, even way back when I first got him (you can take a peek here at the super-retro blog post if you like) but I feel like he deserves another post as I'm currently away from home and missing him lots.
I got Rory way back in June 2010 (over four years ago now, but it honestly feels like yesterday), and ever since he has completely stolen my heart. I know people some people find it odd to be so attached to an animal, but Rory is honestly like my little boy - he sleeps in my room, sometimes shares my bed (and takes up most of it even though he's teeny), watches the TV and has a way of getting away with everything. He's like a little person (but way better) - he gets mad when some animals come on the television (he hates the Aldi koalas), but cries at others (because he wants to get to them but can't - these are usually puppies), the expressions he pulls sometimes are hilarious and when he gives you the side eye you know he's not impressed. He adores going on walks, is a total piggy (a bit like his mother - that would be me), and gets spoilt rotten by his grandma and grandad (or my mum and dad).
I always wanted a little, fluffy dog, because I think they're adorable and I wanted a dog I could cuddle and carry around like a teddy bear. I honestly never imagined I would find a dog with a personality like Rory's though - he honestly has the loveliest character and does at least ten things every day that make me smile. He's become a huge part of my life and he is definitely a well-loved member of the family - my mum and dad dote on him and everyone else thinks he's adorable. He's a scruffy little so-and-so, like me, but I wouldn't have him any other way. He's actually a Maltese x Chihuahua in case you wanted to know, and he is honestly the best thing ever to have happened to me.
When I got Rory, I'd always wanted a little dog of my own, but I never imagined the impact it would have. It's amazing how intuitive animals are - Rory knows when I'm upset, and always looks after me when I don't feel good. He can just tell - I don't even have to be crying and he'll rush up to me, jump up and give me kisses. He is just the cutest little guy.
They say dogs are the most loyal, loving animals and I wholeheartedly agree. If you're thinking about getting a pooch of your own, I couldn't recommend it more. Rory totally changed my life and makes me happier than I can tell you. I will say, though, that doggies aren't cheap and they sure aren't easy to look after - you need to be prepared to put in a lot of hard work and effort, as well as sacrificing lots of lie ins (this was hard for me - but those 5am starts in the early days were totally worth it), and learning that this entire being is relying on you to look after them. As well as the cost of food, bedding, toys, grooming, collars and leads, there is also vet bills to take into account, and pet insurance. It can all add up to quite a lot more than just buying (or adopting) your doggie outright, so make sure you're 100% serious about it if you're thinking of getting a dog. Aside from the money thing, it's also important to remember your dog is relying on you and so if you work away or don't have anyone who can look after your dog whilst you're out, it probably won't work. If all of that suits you though, I say go for it. I feel like dogs are little bundles of love and happiness and I am so looking forward to snuggling mine when I go home tomorrow!
If you want to take a peek at all the posts I've featured Rory in, have a look here.
Do you have a dog? If so I want to hear all about them!