There is no better way to be welcomed back from a leave of absence, such as vacation, with wagging tails, wiggling hips, and jumping dogs that cannot seem to contain their excitement about your return.
My vacation occurred over the course of 13 days, which meant that I was apart from my four-legged buddies for an extensive period of time. It did not actually feel like 13 days. In fact, it felt much shorter than 13 days.
I thought about my four-legged friends often during my vacation, as I found myself missing them, and wondering if they were thinking about me while they were getting pet and receiving love from people other than me.
This sounds ridiculous, but it is only natural for animals to miss their friends, regardless if they are a human, or a dog.
I wondered that within the time that I was away on vacation if they were going to forget about me, or if they would not like me as much as they did before I left on vacation, or if they had plans to replace me. I also wondered how they were holding up.
It is truly unforunate that dogs do not have the ability to use iPhones, otherwise I would have been Facetiming them the entire vacation.
While I was well aware that my first day back was going to be fine, I was a little anxious and a little nervous to see the way that the dogs reacted to my return. I wondered if they were even going to remember me, or if they resented me. I also wondered if they would be excited to see me, or if they would be completely unamused.
It took me a little bit to get back into the groove of things and realize that everything was exactly the way I left it, and my best friends were still my best friends.
My welcome back was more than I imagined it would be, and then some. All my best friends exuded extra excitement, as they all jumped over eachother, causing chaos, just to greet me. The amount of wagging tails, full-blown smiles, and jumping bodies warmed my soul and reminded me why I enjoy what I do so much.
They had missed me just as much as I had missed them; maybe even more!
My heart and soul were full.
There is truly no better welcome than a group of 62 eager, cheerful, and sweet dogs, who appreciate your existence more than you even know.
Even the dogs that I did not think would even be ecstatic to see me were over the moon about my return, which caught me off-guard and truly made me so happy.
These dogs that I did not realize appreciated my presence, despite assuming that I had developed a strong, or memorable, relationship with them, humbled me by exuding such excitement and raw joy to me.
“I barely even pet it [the dog] that much. I do not know why it [the dog] even likes me, because I do not even think that we are even that good of friends,” I thought to myself.
I decided to embrace their love, their appreciation, and their joy!
These furry friends reminded me how incredible and how simply good “man’s best friends” are; they truly appreciate every person and every good thing that comes their way. They are truly so simple and so affectionate!
I was gently reminded how important it is to treat these kind, gentle creatures with the utmost kindness, respect, and love that I can conjure up every day, in an attempt to repay these angelic creatures for the love and the happiness they bring onto the Earth.
I have made it a priority to truly attempt to spend time with as many of these dogs, forming relationships and showering them with love, because they truly do deserve it.
Every dog is truly a gift and blessing wrapped into one – it is important to actively acknowledge this and act upon appreciating this blessing!
Reconnecting with my furry friends has been exciting and wonderful, as I truly did miss seeing them on a daily basis and being surrounded completely by “man’s best friends.” I forgot how much purpose, joy, and perspective these wonderful friends of mine give me and continue to give me.
Each dog has their own unique personality, and getting to spend more quality one-on-one time with each seperate dog allows me to connect and to create a unique friendship and relationship with each furry friend that I come across.
Catching up and reminicsing with as many of my goodest friends continues to be a treat, and a unique and personal experience that I never get sick of.
Their company brings me so much happiness and so much humor, as time spent with my best friends is never dull.
Watching them in action, attempting to navigate their dog social world, is one of the most entertaining things to witness and to experience.
Below, I have captured some of our most precious, joyful, charismatic, and affectionate dogs in their element.
A handsome devil, indeed.
A precious gem with a gentle, kind soul! She has a great, fun, and playful personality.
She is also such a loyal girl, always sticking by your side no matter what.
She is also great in front of the camera!
In another lifetime, she definitely got very familiar with cameras and modeling.
Meet Odie!This was my first time meeting Odie, and he was such a pleasure to hang out with. He was much more of a people’s dog than a dog’s dog, if you know what I mean.
He was very affectionate and cuddly, always loving being pet.
He knows how to work his angles.
Meet Bella!Bella was not the biggest fan of the camera in front of her face, as you can tell. But, Bella, similar to the others, is a lover. While she generally surrounded by younger individiuals, Bella most times can be found keeping to herself. She is not mean, but she does not go out of her way to engage with dogs that are energized.
Bella is an older woman, with such a loving soul, burried under what appears at first glace as a mean, cold-shouldered individual.
She is a lover, but she is also cautious and careful with who she shares her love and affection with, just in case she could get hurt.
Meet Camdem!His personality is just as big as his smile! You can almost feel his energetic, fun energy radiating from this picture. Camdem loves to love, and will love on you whether you are a human being or another dog.
He is just truly such a good sport!
She is sweeter than her button nose! She is always ready to have fun and loves to smile 🙂 She is such a happy camper!
#NOBADAYZ for Rose!
Wyatt is such a handsome, young cattle dog. He is gorgeous and visually stimulating to the eye, because his coat is so unique.
Wyatt is truly unique, with a one-of-a-kind personality.
He mostly keeps to himself, though he is quite friendly and polite to most, but since investing more time hanging out with him, I have been able to witness his true colors come through.
Meet Olive!Her beautiful and unique look are not only the captivating things about Olive.
Her loving, yet high-energy personality is another captivating thing about Olive.
While her size might make you think that Olive may be a delicate creature, Olive is one of the big boys and can hold on her own, which is one of my favorite things about Olive.
She is not afraid to brake some behavioral rules, in order to show you how much she loves you. If it means, climbing onto your back and licking the back of your head in order to show you how much she loves you, she is willing to go that extra mile.
Scout is fairly new to doggy day care, but I immediately took a liking into Scout. While he is still learning right from wrong, and socially acceptable behaviors and socially unacceptable behaviors, his soul is so precious and innocent.
Scout is very selective with the dogs that he wants to spend his time playing with, which is not a bad thing, except when the dog just does not want to play with him.
For a puppy, he is very determined and tends to think that he knows what he wants.
His fun, light-hearted energy is great to have around and experience.
He has such an unique look and such a unique personality!
A sweetheart and handsome fellow all wrapped into one. Bowie just wants to be loved, and while he may look intimidating, or otherwise mean, Bowie is the furthest thing from intimidating, or mean. In fact, Bowie is the quickest to run for help when he senses danger, or a dog plays too hard with him, or a dog snaps at him.
The sweetest labrador and pitbull mix ever placed on this Earth is Bowie.
Though he weighs more than your average lap dog, Bowie is still committed to being a full-time lap dog.
My sweet-loving, adventure-seeking Nitro warms my soul and my spirit! He can literally light up your world with his playful energy, which is naturally contagious. He is so fun and always down to get a little down and dirty. Nitro loves playing with everyone, and gets along with all! He would never hurt and fly, let along another dog.
He loves to adventure and is definitely a thrill seeker!
Nitro also gives the best hugs, as he always runs up to me and wraps his arms around my hips with the best of his ability.
His loyalty and general excitement for life is incredible! He always makes the best out of all situations, and is non-stop fun!
Jerry is a derpy boy, who is always causing mischief on accident. His intentions are never to do anything wrong or apply any harm, but sometimes his fun-nature gets him in trouble.
Jerry LOVES to have fun and is willing to push the boundaries to have some fun. He loves getting others involved, and generally, loves to get himself in a little bit of trouble. He truly cannot help it!
But, his genuinely purely gold and loving nature contrats his semi-outrageous side, and balances his personality out. His outrageous side is awesome to witness, because he truly does know how to get the party going.
Mac is a hard one to figure out, let along pet. At first glance, Mac seems a little rude and standoff-ish, as he always seems to be running his mouth.
But, he is quite anxious, deep down, and he also is such a sweetheart, once you dedicate enough time towards getting to know him one-on-one.
I can relate to Mac’s louder mouth, as I feel like he sometimes feels like he has to yell, or bark loudly, in order to get his point across, or even be heard. This is what I call the case of “small person’s syndome,” where you attempt to make up for your size with bigger and louder everything, including bigger and louder voices, bigger and louder barks, bigger and louder personalities, etc.
One of the best homecoming gifts was the opportunity to reunite with Auggie, my husband, my everything, and one of my most favorite dogs.
His smile melts my heart…Not to mention, he is gorgeous!
After weeks of being apart, our reunion was much needed and I spent my entire shift suffocating and spoiling him with so much love, pets, and cuddles.
Piper was another one of the greater homecoming gifts that I was able to come back to. Piper was the first dog that I bonded with, and essentially deemed “one of my favorites.” Her soul, her spirit, her energy, and her personality are so pure and full of genuine love, happiness, and affection.
Reuniting with Piper is always such a treat. She loves showing how affectionate she is by licking your face until my face begins to hurt from her tongue, by jumping for joy whenever you are near, or even far, following you wherever you go, smiling and wiggling her hips just out of pure excitement to see me, cuddling with me, and sitting on my lap.
She is such a gentle soul, with such excitement, love, and affection within her! I am truly lucky to have such a gal pal like her, who radiates such love and joy for me.
These smiling faces and amazing souls have brought so much good and positivity in my life. Beyond this, they have all made a large imprint in my life, as they have become more to me than just dogs. They are truly my friends!
How lucky I am to keep such great and good-looking company!