National Dog Day!

by agirlandhermutt on August 26, 2016

Hello, hello, hello! August is almost done and I think I can say that this has been my favorite month of 2016. In addition to making some serious progress on my August Goals (blog post!), I’ve also had a bit of a life change.

It felt only fitting since it is National Dog Day to do some introductions.

Blog friends…Meet ALFIE!

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Yep. It is true! My husband and I have officially added a furry friend to the family. And honestly…I couldn’t be happier.

Almost a year ago, we said good-bye to Korky. He was my best friend for 13+ years and it was seriously heartbreaking to say good-bye. When my parents moved up here a little bit ago a part of my soul that loves dogs SO MUCH was filled because I got some quality time with their puppies. I went back and forth on whether or not I was ready for a new dog. Not only mentally, but also physically.

As much as it pains me to say this…it was kind of nice not having to worry about being home at a certain time to make sure the dog could go for a walk. Or make sure we had someone to watch him so we could go out of the town. Or get up at 3:30am to take a dog to pee out in the snow.

But for all those bonus moments of not having to have a schedule, the insane feeling of missing something was triple the amount of moments. I was struggling at home because it just felt like something was out of place. Every time I walked in the door I expected to see Korky. Each and every time. It just never went away.

The husband and I casually started to search Petfinder for a dog that caught our eye. We had already talked extensively about the type of dog that we were looking for and figured when we came across one that fit that description, we would move forward.

Long story short…we adopted Alfie (formally Nigel) from a place in Arkansas. On Sunday, August 14th we were introduced to our 12 week old “schnauzer mix” puppy.

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It was love at first sight and I just KNEW he was the right one for us.

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He was scared, kind of dirty and only 9.9 lbs.

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Alfie is all puppy. He is smart and sweet with a mix of absolutely crazy.

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For the first few days he was so shy and never wanted to be put down. Now he explores and plays non-stop. Then at night we can snuggle him like crazy. The husband and I fight to hold him. :) Untitled

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We are at almost 2 weeks together and we are already a big fun family. He gets along great with my parents and their dogs too!

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He loves being with us. And most of all, we love being with him. We try to take him everywhere and look forward to sharing every part of our lives with us.

Including those moments when he just wants to sleep on the couch or pass out in my arms while we are at a busy brewery.

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I’m convinced that Korky sent us Alife when we needed it the most. A Girl & Her Mutt feel right again.

You will be seeing more of Alife on the blog and if you ever need a good dose of puppy, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat.

See you soon!

Erin & Alfie

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August Goals

by agirlandhermutt on August 5, 2016

Alright. It is August. Whoa. We have 5 months until the end of the year. That means I have about 5 months to get my act together. This year has been such an improvement from crappy 2015, but whoa buddy…not my most dialed in year. I have had SO MUCH happen, almost all of it good, but I haven’t managed to accomplish a single goal that I set on New Year’s Day. Nice job Erin! I’ve been enjoying life to the fullest, which is great, but I need to get back into some balance. Either that or I’m going to have to buy all new pants. Which just isn’t an option. 😉

No more beating myself up, I’m just going to start from here. Nowhere to go but up, right? Think of a few more cheesy inspirational quotes and add them in here too.

My August goals is all about starting small and using this as my building point. Let’s go!

 

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-Prep each night. Make sure lunches are put together, dinner ingredients are bought, work clothes are laid out and workout clothes are clean. No more eating out because I forgot to pack my lunch. No more not working out because my favorite capris smell like someone died in them. No more excuses.

-Get 7+ hours of sleep each night. I have always been a night owl. Even as a kid! As I get older though I can’t bounce back from no sleep as easily as I could when I was in my 20s. I get so tired during the day so I need a nap after work. That leads to no workout. That leads to me screwing around at the house instead of doing anything productive. A horrible circle of bad behavior.

-As part of my workout routine, get to spinning and yoga 1 time. They both make me feel so good and NEEDED. Yoga especially!

-No spending money on clothes. This one is for a variety of reasons, but mostly I don’t want to buy clothes when I’m unhappy with where I am weight-wise.

-I tend to stick to my comfort zone when I feel stressed or pressure, whether it be inside or outside of work. I signed up for rowing last month on a whim to just get myself out there and do something different and I LOVED IT. I just want to do that more often! Whether it is a new workout, or a new opportunity, I want to say yes to challenges so I can continue to be even more awesome. 😉

 

That is it. Nothing too hard, but a great starting point.

 

Follow me on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter to see how I’m doing when I’m not over here!

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Hello.

by agirlandhermutt on July 8, 2016

Hi there! Long time, no write! Despite what this way too quiet space has been telling you, I still do love my little space on the internet. I haven’t given it any love lately. I don’t really have a reason though. Laziness? More than likely. 😉

I was reminded a few weeks ago that A Girl & Her Mutt turned 6 years old. This made me chuckle. Is my blog truly 6 years old if I have neglected it so much? Or is it more like 5 years and 2 months old? 😉

What really prompted me to check in is the multiple emails that I have received from long time readers who just wanted to make sure I was ok.

For so many years I have used this space as an outlet for a variety of things. It has ranged anywhere from restaurant reviews and travel recaps to make-up favorites and my fitness adventures. There has never been any real rhyme or reason to what I post. Which, if I am being very honest, is a pretty good indication of my personality type. 😉

There were a few times in my “blogging career” that I lost sight of what I wanted my blog to be. I tried to make money with it. I tried to make business connections with it. I tried to create an online personality with it. But the only thing I have ever really been successful at doing with my blog is making friends and sharing my life with you all. This has been a place for me to post about fun (and sometimes completely unimportant) things and a place for me to share moments of honesty about my life. When I stick to just using this space as a place for me to share and connect with others, I am happy and in love with my blog. Lesson learned.

This is a picture of me from a few weeks ago. I was at the end of a girl’s weekend in Portland, Maine. We had just spent an amazingly fun weekend together and we were eating lobster rolls right by the ocean. Seriously…how happy do I look here?!

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But as I was smiling like a nut, the news was really picking up speed on reports of a shooting overnight at a club in Orlando. I was devastated when I got home and starting seeing all the reports coming in. Should I have been embarrassed about my most excellent weekend? Should I have been ashamed to post about my wonderful time when so many people were suffering? I was unsure. The one thing I was reassured of though was just how lucky I am in life. I didn’t blog because I didn’t want to be seen as callous or uncaring. I didn’t want to be seen as one of those people that just doesn’t give a crap about what is happening around the world.

I ended up posting this picture to Instagram with this text…“I’m so thankful and grateful for my life. Where I am. Who I am with. What I am. And most importantly, Who I am. I am a good person surrounded by good people who do good things. We will continue to lead by example. Love more. Hate Less.”

So to the few of you who emailed to ask how I was doing, I can confidently answer your question….YES! I am ok! More than ok!

But more importantly, are you ok?

Here we are on a Friday. July 8th to be exact.  The world feels like it is a crazy place and that so many people are just…not ok. They feel unsafe. They feel unsure. They feel unloved. They feel scared. They feel like outcasts. They feel unheard. It breaks my heart and like many others, I don’t know what to do or where to start.

Obviously my blog won’t be helping to solve any world issues. We won’t be determining whether gun control should happen in the comments of a July make-up favorites post. We won’t figure out how to make people more accepting of those that are different from themselves on a post about my review of Pure Barre. But what my blog can do is provide a space that is just a *brief moment* of fun and honesty. Maybe a little break from all the armchair activism that happens on Facebook?! One woman’s quest to pursue happiness, acceptance, love, friendship and joy in all things.

 

If I go back to the true reason I keep this little space on the internet, it is to connect to other people that I may not otherwise have met in real life. I care about you and how you are doing. And that is exactly why I want to get back to blogging. I want to continue to connect to people from all walks of life. Those I agree with. Those I disagree with. I want to share with you and for you to share with me. I should know by now that you all will not think that I am not caring or understanding or ignorant to the things that are happening around me because I choose to use this space for more lighthearted and positive moments.

I can’t make promises on when I will blog. Or how often I will blog. But I can make the promise that I am here.

In the meantime, please let me know how you are doing.

See you soon!

 

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