It’s A Ruff Life

Well the Wisler family is officially a family of 6: Taylor, me, our two cats, our son, and now our newly adopted dog, Scout! Scout is a one-year-old border collie with lots of love to give. We adopted him on Saturday so it’s already been a few days of adjusting him into our home so I’d like to fill you in on how it’s going so far and how we got to this point. 

We’ve wanted a dog for a long time, but the timing has never felt right. We were previously living in two small apartments that didn’t have the proper space for a dog to run around and truly be happy. Even though we wanted a dog really badly, we wanted the dog to be happy and healthy first and foremost, so we held off. When we purchased our house earlier this year, we fell in love with the amount of space in the backyard.

Our son loooooves dogs, I mean, have you met him? “Oof, oof!” as he points ferociously at dogs at the park, on neighborhood walks, at friend’s houses… literally everywhere. That kid LOVES dogs!!

With the knowledge that our son loves dogs and interacts well with them, combined with enough space now that we have a house with a generous backyard, we decided to start looking. I mean, Taylor started to look for dogs. He made up his mind fairly quickly about what dog he wanted, but it took me some time to warm up to the idea initially. 

Scout was located in Ontario, OR, which is about an hour away from Boise, so we drove out there one Saturday morning to spend some time with him and to see if he would be a good fit for the family. He was really excited to see new faces, he was gentle with our son, and he was good on a leash. Even after we visited him, I still felt hesitant.

During a conversation with a friend about this, she brought up the idea of us watching her dog while her family is on vacation for a week. I thought that was a great idea! We get to help a friend, but also see what it would be like in the day-to-day of having a dog around the house. How can I handle the extra responsibility? I’d say by day two of dog sitting for our friend, I was sold. Having a dog in our house was just the extra push I needed to get off my butt and get out of the house every day. After the week of dog sitting was over, we drove back to Ontario to adopt our new family member!

To say that Taylor was excited to adopt a dog would be a huge understatement. That was all he would talk about! I was really excited too, although I tried not to show it as much; there needed to be a balance between excitement and realism… Taylor was overflowing with excitement so I needed to be the realist in this situation. I was thinking about all of the possible scenarios and making sure we hit all of our bases before the dog got here. Where would he sleep? What about the cats? How do we introduce them? You can never be too careful.

The first day of having Scout at home with us was good! He seemed curious, excited, but timid and cautious. We let him play in the backyard first, then we moved him to the living room where his crate is. We decided to give him a bath, and after he dried off, he became a totally new dog. He was bounding around the backyard in sheer excitement. I bet he felt so fresh! He loved all the TLC I was giving him, and of course our son was really excited too. He settled in to his new home just fine.  

Introducing our cats to Scout is a process. Reese and Cocoa already have this home established as their own territory and they’re fairly confident in themselves here at home. Scout is a foreigner to them, an invader of their home territory. We needed to communicate to our cats that this is now Scout’s home too and they need to allow him to be here. Scout was curious to meet the cats, but we made sure they met in a controlled environment. We put Scout in his crate and let the cats approach him on their terms. Cocoa came up to Scout first, very cautiously. She was on the defensive, but didn’t lash out and attack Scout. Reese is our timid cat, so he took some time to come out and introduce himself. Overall, the animal introduction went as good as I could’ve hoped for! It’s still a work in progress with getting them to be friendly to each other, but I’m not pushing it. They’ll get comfortable with each other in their own time, I can only try my best to control the environment such that it makes for a smooth introduction. 

As I’m sitting on the couch finishing my post today, Scout is curled up at my feet… so content. He has taken to his new home extremely well. He has fully embraced the house dog life. I can’t tell who he’s assigned as Alpha dog of the Wisler pack, he follows me around everywhere I go but when Taylor comes home from work that takes Scout’s excitement to a whole new level. Later today we are going on a walk around the block and then tomorrow we’re walking along the greenbelt with a friend. This weekend we might even have a doggie friend over for a doggie play date! We are very happy that we adopted Scout into our family. I hope you get to meet him someday. But if not, here are a few pictures I have taken. Taylor will undoubtedly shake his head at me and roll his eyes, but I also created an instagram page for Scout for those of you who won’t get to meet him in person. The journey to getting to where we are now has been a long one, and I was hesitant and unsure along the way, but now that we’re here, I’m realizing that this is what I’ve been wanting all along.

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Restless

Summer is known for being the busiest season. With kids out of school and families taking vacations, the weeks go by in a blink of an eye. I’m finding that my summer so far is flying by right in front of my eyes. The past two weeks have been crazy busy… we volunteered for VBS last week, I’ve been hanging out with more friends and cultivating new relationships, I’ve been taking my son to more parks around town and doing more activities… it’s been a whirlwind but I am thriving!

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Making Changes

My toddler turned one and a half this week. It’s a big milestone for him! He’s walking now, communicating more effectively, laughing a lot, showing distinct interest in things he likes. He’s turning into a little boy right in front of my eyes! I often sit back and am amazed that Taylor and I created life… a living being with his own thoughts and emotions and opinions of the world… we made that! His personality is shining through stronger each day, and I am just beside myself. He is a mild mannered, easy going, light tempermented child. I sometime joke that God is tricking me into believing that parenting is really this easy so I will have more children! With all of the emotional and physical growth my child is going through right now, I thought it would be wise to be more intentional with my parenting. I decided to be purposeful in the things I do, the things I buy, and the things that I teach my child going forward. My first step is being purposeful in transitioning out of a crib, then making conscious choices with his toys and play time. Continue reading “Making Changes”

Visiting Family

Personally, there’s nothing quite like spending time with people. Being around people energizes me and makes me happy… I’m definitely an extrovert! It’s even better when the people I’m with are family. My husband and I flew to Seattle to visit with family this month for a weekend and then after that my parents flew to Boise to visit us! It has been a wonderful month so far, let me tell you about it! Continue reading “Visiting Family”

The Gift of Youth in Motherhood

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I can’t help but to write about my feelings and experience of being a young mom. In the very beginning of my motherhood journey, I felt slightly ashamed of being a mom so young. I felt as if people would judge me and think less of me because of my choice. Getting pregnant at twenty opens up doors for lots of judgement in being careless or opinions that I might regret it. In all reality, it was a decision I was well aware of, and very intentional in. I’ve since had time to grow into this new role for me and to embrace the change, and I am now proud to be a young mom and start a family in my early twenties. I am learning lessons I wouldn’t otherwise learn being in this stage of life. I think beyond myself when making decisions and am more considerate of other people’s situations and feelings. I am also seeing life from a new perspective, and that’s through the eyes of my son. Continue reading “The Gift of Youth in Motherhood”

Chapters of Marriage

This week I would like to lend my platform to my husband, Taylor. Earlier this week we had a pretty lengthy heart to heart reflecting on our marriage and the seasons of life that we’ve endured together. He spoke eloquently and thoughtfully about this topic so I thought it would be insightful for you to hear from him firsthand. Continue reading “Chapters of Marriage”

An Open Letter to my Husband

On this day twenty four years ago, the most important man in my life was born. He would grow up to be my best friend, husband, father, and leader of our family. God has shaped him into an amazing, hard working, level headed, passionate, and wonderful man. I feel incredibly lucky to spend the rest of my life with him, he has certainly changed my life for the better. Taylor, this is for you. Continue reading “An Open Letter to my Husband”