As a twenty year old, I grew up with Rowdy.
Owning a big dog was definitely a unique experience, mostly because as I grew, he continued to grow with me.
We started as pups, turned into adolescents, and developed along a similar timeline with our physical features and understanding of our worlds.
He was always a big dog, but even as he grew to his largest size, the way we would hang out and play together never changed.
Though sometimes it got a little too rough and someone ended up hurt (me).
When I started college, I noticed that despite his size, his muscle strength started to fade and he didn't express the same youthful exuberance that I'll always remember.
Every time I'd visit home I noticed more grey around his chin and belly (eventually forming into his unique patches that sparked his following.)
His movements would slow and he had more difficulty standing. After two years of observing the process of him growing old, he passed.
This was a big change, as for a majority of my life, having Rowdy was a constant I could rely on.
Change is scary. Whether it’s death, change in environment, walking through new doors or closing old ones, facing the unknown is a task that’s impossible to be fully equipped for.
The only way to really prepare is approaching the future with an understanding that there will be an adjustment to a new norm, and sooner or later you’ll find the same happiness that was once there.
Change is a challenge that is thrown into every life, and some people experience heavy changes at such a young age that may (very unfairly) flip their entire world around, but in the end it creates a stronger person.
Everyone is in different points in our lives, as change and experience is thrown at us at different rates and with different intensity, but no matter where you’re at, you aren’t alone.
Somebody is going through the same exact change as you somewhere.
I believe that wisdom and genuine happiness follow experience and change, so as tough as your change may be at the time, you’ll be a stronger and more experienced person at the end of it.
Staying focused on the big picture, connecting with close friends, and appreciating the beautiful struggle that comes with life is the best remedy for big change that throws us in a funk.
Until next time ;-)
- White Eyed Rowdy
Someone reached out to us and asked for a tip for big dog owners, which sparked the idea for this post and I thought we’d include the answer, as I think the themes correlate.
The best tip I have for dog owners, in regard to keeping their dogs happy, is to let them capitalize on youthful energy.
It may not seem like, and at the time we may even get a little annoyed, but our dogs' energy do fade, and we end up missing the craziness that was once irritating.
So when your big dog wants to go on a walk, chase a tennis ball, or play, it may be a little annoying, but remember that the energy will soon leave him.
One day you'll miss the constant enthusiasm, as I do to this day, so offering thirty minutes of your day to get up and play with him will pay off in the long run, I promise.