So I have a little personal story to share before I jump into today’s #ootd. Mike and I live on the fourth floor of an apartment building, so when we adopted our puppy, Millie, we decided we would buy fake turf/pee pads to keep on the balcony to eliminate all of the running up and down the stairs.
Now – I’m not saying I regret this as an initial potty-training method. Listen – our adorable little puppy had the bladder the size of a chiclet. One of us would not have survived two months of running up and down four flights of stairs every half hour. But, at four months, Millie started to develop a substrate preference – she refused to go on grass. Only turf. We realized we were boxing ourselves into a huge corner, and it was becoming clearer and clearer to us what we had to do.
We were both frustrated at the idea of interrupting our day to run up and down the stairs with her. The balcony was so convenient – and she was already trained on it. But we knew we had to course correct and do it “the right” way before we wound up cornering ourselves for good. So we did. Up and down. And up. And down. And waiting. And patience. And teaching her a NEW substrate preference.
Not going to lie – Instagram helped keep this puppy mom distracted and patient 🙂
And then finally, the other night, Millie went and stood by the front door and looked at us. She successfully let us know that she needed to go outside. After weeks of patience, consistency, and diligence, we had made a small breakthrough.
I’m telling you this not to encourage you to adopt a dog or to run up and down the stairs four times a day, but to tell you that sometimes the best outcomes don’t have short or easy paths. Sometimes, the best outcome takes time and determination and commitment. Sometimes it’s not convenient and it’s REALLY annoying waiting for it to poop. But when you get to see the fruits of your labor, it’s so sweet. (No really – our balcony smells SO much sweeter now).
What’s that thing you’ve been taking shortcuts with lately? What have you been avoiding committing yourself to fully? What can you do more effectively or thoroughly?
Now, as I sit here bragging to you about all of my dog’s potty training genius, she peed on a blanket next to me. Honestly, this is why I’m a comedy writer. I get my material from my dog.
But nevertheless, persist. It’s worth it to take the long way through sometimes – being thorough is underrated. And you learn so much along the way.
One day, she won’t pee on a blanket, and while my posts to you will be entirely less ironic, the fruit will be even sweeter.
Okay rant over. Cute sweater time.