Things you hear when you get a puppy

I am officially the mother of the cutest little puppy on the planet. Seriously, he is absolutely adorable. I may be a a little bit bias but look at this picture and tell me I’m wrong:

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He’s not perfect. He’s still working on potty training and sleeping through the night. However, he is already doing better than I thought he would be at this point. Although he does have a chewing problem. Meaning he literally wants to chew on everything and I mean everything from hands to furniture. We’re working on it.

Anyway, prior to bringing Thor home and over the past few days there are few things people have told me about my new baby. Some of the tips and compliments were appreciated while other things surprised me.

First, there is the obvious. Tons of compliments about Thor’s unbelievable cuteness. And who can blame them? He is adorable as most dogs are.

Then there are the training tips. Most of these are super helpful. As a first time dog owner it’s great to know what works and tips to make my life easier. Thor, like most puppies, is a troublemaker and it’s reassuring to know not just what is written on training websites but also what has worked with other pets.

It’s the input I received prior to getting Thor that surprised me the most. People are very opinionated about dogs. Let me explain. (I promise to try my hardest not to over explain).

Not surprisingly people prefer one gender of dog over the other and they are not afraid to tell you why. Just bringing up the topic of a future pet elicits this list of reasons why this gender is better and don’t even consider getting the other gender. That would be a huge mistake.

Then there’s the name. Some people believe there are only certain types of names that are okay for dogs and this is why. It’s tough to pick a name for your pet and when we finally settled on Thor, not everyone was thrilled. People are not afraid to tell you they don’t like  your pets name and why.

Finally, there are the questions about where you get your puppy and the breed. Are you rescuing the puppy? Why  or why not? Did you know those dogs are some of the best behaved because they are so grateful to be rescued? Did you know that those dogs have the most issues because of their backgrounds? Did you know that breed has this big problem?

It’s a lot to think about. Fortunately, I am super happy with our decision. I know my little corgi is going to be a lot of work, especially while he still gets up at night and works on his potty training. But also he’s a ton of fun. While he only weighs about three pounds he has a huge personality with the perfect amount of weird. I love you Thor.

 

Reflections on my First Mixer

This past Saturday I skated in my first ever Roller Derby mixer. I was a little nervous beforehand. Not only have I not skated in very many bouts yet, but also skating with new skaters is always interesting. Building the trust and learning the way they play can be challenge.

I’m am thrilled to report I am extremely happy with how things went. For the most part I skated pretty well and as a league we pulled off our home mixer like champions. I am so proud of my team and of all the skaters who joined us for the 2017 Big Top Brawl.

It was hot. We skate in a hockey rink so there is no real way to cool it aside from crossing your fingers and hoping for cooler weather. Fortunately on the day of the brawl the weather was cooler,. However it was  still humid and it was still very warm in our facilities. Very warm.

I learned so much. We had a TON of fantastic skaters from all over skating with us and it was absolutely fantastic to learn from them. I wish there was a way to soak it all into some fancy derby sponge and then sift through it later so I don’t forget anything. There were so many times I watched those amazing ladies out there and just wished I could have one ounce of their talent some day. Goals.

After two bouts I was completely exhausted. However, I had SO much fun. Every time I get to play derby I love it a little more. On top of the sport itself being amazing, there is always so much derby love at every event I go to. The Brawl did not disappoint.

Thank you to all the skaters, officials, NSOs, coaches, fans and supporters that made the 2017 Big Top Brawl a success! A special shout out to my family, my friend Ben Vanden Boogaard and his fantastic girlfriend for making the trip to Baraboo to see my skate! It’s safe to say my first mixer was a success!

Like Nike.

So I am not going to poetically dodge around the point of this post: put yourself out there.

Is there something that you have always wanted to do? Do it. This is the best time to pick up a skill, try something new, and just break out of your shell! Gonna keep this really short and sweet…

This past weekend I entered my city’s Chalkfest. I spent almost ten hours in the beating sun, trying to draw on a city sidewalk, getting shown up by kids literally half my age (yes, I am talking about you 12-year-old, lake landscape kid)…and know what? It was awesome.

I had just an amazing time. I had received so much support: from my friends who brought me water throughout the day, the fellow artists that gave me tips to actually make my chalk stick to the pavement, and then the support of just strangers, stopping on their rounds to say a few kind words or take a picture, say hello…it was unreal.

What I’m trying to say, if you are debating anything. Picking up an instrument, joining a sport, entering a chalkfest…get out and do it. You won’t regret it.

This is our time to get out there and show the world what we got! We are awesome.

That is all.