Every puppy is unique

Last week we finally met our puppy Taco. We had been preparing for him for the last 2 months, watching YouTube videos, reading blogs and articles, stocking house with all the necessary pet stuff. Last week we finally met him and fell in love at first sight and sniff. Even though it has been only a week living with him, we have already learned so much about this adorable floofy doof.

Here are the things we discovered about Taco during his first week at our home:

— his coat is mostly chocolate, but he has a white spot on his chin, and it looks like he has just been eating sour cream and spilled it on himself 🐢

— when he is super excited about his hooman, he runs and gives a smooch on the lips, just like a human being πŸ’‹

— he is a big fan of flowers and plants: he cannot pass anything green without smelling and tasting it. We think he was a botanist in another life 🌿

— he loves chasing ants, and their fast moves make him really excited and playful 🐜

— when he is in an unknown situation, he gets very clingy and does want to let you go: he is a very sensitive boy 😊

— he falls asleep while we drive in a car. He is definitely a car loving puppy πŸš™

— he prefers yogurt to peanut butter and banana to apple 🍌

— he has hiccups after too much playing and being too agitated🀭

— during our walks, he has a habit of sitting down in the middle of the street refusing to go further, and it takes a lot of effort to push him to continue the walk; we still haven’t figured out what he wants to say by that πŸ€”

— he loves the sight of leaves whirling in the wind β€” it mesmerizes him πŸƒ

— in a deep sleep, he has dreams and shakes his paws as if running away from a wolf 🐾

— he loves chewing hair and beard of his owners 😈

— sometimes when he wants to sleep near you, he would put his face on your neck. We think it is an old habit of puppies sleeping on each other when being born. It is definitely something that brings him comfort and peace 😴

— overall, he is a very sweet, affectionate and people-loving puppy, but he can be naughty and mischievous at the same time. He definitely has a big personality πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί

He might outgrow some of these habits in future, but we will always love every trait and every change in him. Every puppy is unique, and Taco is no exception.

To see Taco’s growth and life journey, follow his instagram @taco.labradoodle ❀️

One true sentence

Hemingway once said, if you have a blank paper in front of you and you struggle to write anything, “just write one true sentence.” Just one true statement. And then it will flow naturally.

“I feel very sad today” is my sentence.

Today I feel sad because it is raining heavily and I haven’t seen the sun for a few days. The sky is depressingly grey.

I feel sad because I was not invited to an interview for a job I thought I was fully qualified for. I spent hours on my cover letter and video resume. Years looking for a dream job.

I feel sad because the coffee did not taste good, and it did not wake me up. I look like a sloth, pushing myself to do something for the whole day.

I feel sad because I called the post office, and they still have zero information about my package which has been in transit for a month and 2 days precisely.

I feel sad because I finished watching the drama series Legend of the Blue Sea and I will never live this story with these characters again.

I feel sad because I tried to exercise today and had to switch from intermediate level core workout to a beginner one, and I was still out of breath. Out of shape.

I feel sad because, just because it is one of those days when you want to stay in bed and let the world wait.

And I thought I would not be able to write anything today. Everything starts with one true statement. It is so true.

Do you have a dream?

— Mom, do you have a dream?

— Dreams are for storytellers and helpless romantics.

— So are you saying it is a bad thing to have dreams in life?

— I am saying that it is better to have goals. Concrete, feasible aims and clear steps towards them.

— Dad always dreams.

— He dreams about impossible, unreal things. What’s the use of that?

— I don’t know. It makes him happy.

— Delusional happy. Nothing changes for him in reality. Don’t ever day-dream. Don’t waste your life.

— Have you ever had a dream?

— No, I don’t know how to dream. I don’t have enough imagination.

— So, even when you were a little kid, you never had a dear dream?

— Mm, the only thing I have ever dreamed of was to be like my sister, to look like her, to live her life, to always be together.

— You must have loved her so much.

— After she died, I stopped dreaming. Because dreaming is unreliable. You cannot control dreams. You will only get disappointed when your dreams are crushed in the brutal reality of the world.

Silence. What else can be said?

She went to her room, thinking, “If the world is so cruel, can the dreams be our comfort?”

“Unreliable, dangerous, useless, delusional,” she repeated the words without stop until she fell asleep. And in her dream, she saw her aunt take her hand and look deeply into her face. “Don’t be afraid to dream,” she said, “don’t be afraid to believe in the impossible.”

She woke up with a smile on her face and a dream in her heart.