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!


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.


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


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


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


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


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!


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.



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

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Edye August 29, 2016 at 9:50 pm

What a cutie! Have a great week <3


agirlandhermutt August 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

Thanks so much! 🙂


Mhershey November 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Alfie looks so adorable! I’m a dog owner (and an advocate) too! I love your blog Erin! 🙂


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