One Year with Paisley

This weekend our little family celebrated a big milestone: it's been exactly one year since we adopted a shy 12 week old terrier puppy. Who knew that just 365 days ago, our lives would be changed forever . . . and ALL for the better!

One Year with Paisley | shannonmcnab.com

When Paisley came into our lives last August, I definitely wasn't prepared for the constant needs of a growing puppy. So in those first few weeks, I had several emotional breakdowns (probably coaxed along by a severe lack of sleep due to a crying puppy) and at one particularly low point, we even considered giving her back to the rescue group.

I guess I should mention that I wasn't exactly in a good place mentally last year, so taking care of another being besides myself definitely challenged me and I wasn't sure whether I could handle it.

Fortunately, after about two months we turned a corner. Paisley started consistently sleeping through the night (which meant so was I finally). Jeff would take care of her in the mornings so I could sleep in a bit. She and I finally got into a groove of our daily routine so I could get some work done. Slowly, things just got easier.

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Looking back now, it's hard to believe that was only a year ago. And honestly, I don't even remember what our life was like without her. There are so many things I would have missed out on if we didn't stick with it during the first few tough months with her:

  • I'd miss out on my cuddle sessions with her on the couch every night.
  • I'd miss out on our daily walks around the neighborhood.
  • I'd miss out on her obsession with her favorite toy we have lovingly named the Octopus. 
  • I'd miss out on her kiss filled greetings every morning after dropping Jeff off at work.
  • I'd miss out on her love of blueberries, chicken, and ice cubes.
  • I'd miss out on her defending me from the evil thing in the bathroom: the shower door.
  • I'd miss out on giving her belly rubs and smothering her with kisses.
  • I'd simply miss out.

I'm SO glad we made the decision to keep you Paisley girl. You fill our lives with so much joy and we love you more than I ever thought was possible. Happy anniversary to our little happy family!


Adopting Paisley

Well, we had a unexpectedly eventful weekend: on Saturday we adopted an 11 week old terrier/maltese rescue puppy.

My husband and I have wanted a dog ever since we've been living together (5 years), but with both of us at full-time jobs and living in an apartment that didn't allow animals, we knew we were in for a long wait. Well finally this weekend, our wait was over.

Paisley McNab: Our New Puppy | shannonmcnab.com

Since making the switch from corporate graphic designer to a working-from-home scrapbook designer earlier this year, Jeff and I wondered if it would finally be doable to expand on our little family. So we contacted our landlord last month to see if he would reconsider and two weeks ago we got his reply. 

Who would have thought that within two weeks of us finally getting the green light on our dream to adopt a dog, that the dream would be realized.

We've only had Paisley for 3 days, but are head over heels in love with her already. And even though I'm already delirious with sleep deprivation and have been worrying myself silly that she's getting all she needs, my heart has never felt more full.

Thank you Paisley girl for entering our lives, we can't imagine our lives without you now!