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My Dog Walking career Has Made Me Want to Be a Mom in the Future

Even though I was just dog walking; these dogs taught me so much.

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I've always loved animals, especially dogs, so when someone posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to take over her dog walking for the summer I jumped on the opportunity. I thought this would be an amazing experience for me. Not only would I get to see dogs everyday of the week, I'd also get a nice motivation to exercise. I didn't realize when I signed up to dog walk that they would teach me so much.

There's two dogs that I take care of; one is Olivia and the other is Jaxson. Olivia is a French Bulldog mixed with Boston Terrier and Jaxson is a Pitbull mix. I've only had small dog so when I first start walking Jaxson it was an experience to say the least. He would pull me through West Chester totally disregarding possible cars that could hit him or people trying to walk on the sidewalk. It took me probably two weeks to finally get the hang of walking a dog who's so strong.

By week three, I had gotten so much stronger that I had the confidence to walk him in the town I live by. I learned different ways to walk with him and to avoid possible triggers that could upset him since he didn't always like other dogs. I had to look up ways to walk strong dogs and get advice from people who saw Jaxson getting aggressive on how to fix his behavior.

In the short time I have been walking taking care of these dogs it has made me realize that they are a test run for future children. Have you ever seen a child throwing a fit in the middle of a restaurant or store; well Jaxson used to do that in the middle of town with so many people watching. I had to learn how to respond well to his "meltdowns" as I called it. Have you ever seen a kid argue with their parents or mess with them in public? I know it's hard to believe since a dog can't talk but I swear this dogs finds it funny to embarrass me in public. This made me learn how to respond to being embarrassed in public by something out of my control. This also showed me that people want to help when they see someone struggle and there are lots of resources on how to fix behaviors. I hope will be the same when I eventually am a mom if I am struggle with my future children.

Olivia has taught me a lot of things also. She has a medical condition that makes her blood sugar unstable. This causes her to lean or fall sometimes when she hasn't been fed recently. I learned how to control being upset when the animal I care for doesn't always have a good day because she would get more upset if I was sad. I learned messes happen; sometimes Olivia has accidents because she drinks more water than normal with her condition.

You can obviously tell the poor dog is upset by what happened and she didn't mean to do it on purpose. Which is exactly how kids act, they don't always mean to cause messes sometimes things just happen. Another thing I was taught by Olivia, was how to handle jealousy. I can't walk her when I walk Jaxson because of her state so she would get upset that she was left out. I had to learn to switch things up from what I first started out. I would give Olivia a lot of attention before walks and when I got back from walks; this helped her not be so upset with me.

Even though I was just dog walking; these dogs have taught me so much. Not only are they a constant smiling face when I see them to brighten my day. They have taught me not to be scared to be a mother in the future and that I can handle a lot more than I thought I could. This is why I would suggest dog walking to anyone if you can't have your own pets at the place you live.

Jaxson pouting because I couldn't walk him that day.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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Reconnecting With Family Can Change Your Life

That girl up there? She's my cousin. We didn't talk for five years, but when we finally did... well, we became closer as family and blossomed as friends.

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Being a part of a family is weird. There's no telling who all knows the little secret you've been trying to keep, and a lot of times someone has already told your mom what you've said about so and so. It's a big mess of people who are too nosy for their own good but do it for the sake of those around them. The love within a family causes us to be overprotective, overwhelming, and sometimes tears us apart.

In my seventh grade year - about 2011 - my Grandmother fell ill. It was a twisting, turning diagnosis of different things and as soon as she seemed better something else happened. It was a dangerous time and it tested the family. By the time of her death tensions were already somewhat high, and after the funeral, the family ties fell apart.

My cousin and I were both coping in angry ways - this led us to stop speaking. Years of silence went by, spent wondering where it went wrong, why our family wasn't what it used to be. It was a disappointing time and one that fluttered up from the back of my mind quite often. I kept getting angry at the whole situation and placed blame and anger in places it didn't belong. Somewhere along the way though, something changed.

When my cousin's senior year rolled around, her mother and mine were talking again and they made a visit to my house. My stomach was clenched and I was nervous about all the time spent apart, but when we got to talking - it was fine and normal. We kept talking, I went with her for senior pictures, we exchanged phone numbers and just hit it off. Suddenly I had a cousin again. We caught up on life and drama, the ups and downs encountered during our years of silence.

Since we reconnected a strong friendship has grown between us. I can proudly say we have no hard feelings about our time of silence, just feelings of regret that we wasted so much time. So now, we talk often, visit when we can, and laugh without holding back.

Much love to you Tabatha Elaine.

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