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Being A Dog Mom

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It would be easy to assume that I have always loved dogs. I mean if you scroll through my Instagram account @amospearce, the account is oozing with my love for Amos. Would you be shocked if I told you that I used to hate them? I thought they were gross, smelly and dirty. So how on earth did I go from that to being the Ultimate Dog Mom?

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Growing up, most of my friends did not have dogs and if they did, I did not really go near them. None of my cousins had dogs and we had a cat. I even found their barking irritating. I would be that person crossing the road who avoided them or veered far away.

Now it’s not that I’m a horrible person at all because I like to think I’m kind, caring, respectful and extremely loving.  I just didn’t know anything about dogs and I had never been taught.

So what changed?

Life happened. You know how you like to plan life and you think you will have the perfect job, married by a certain age, get that house and have the kids…I am fairly certain that being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 26 was never part of my plan! It’s my story that is important and that has made me who I am today.  It’s my story that leads me to Amos and to lead a life I never thought I would have, but a life I absolutely love.

You see my now husband and I lived and worked as Physiotherapists in England for 5.5 years. His parents have a beautiful border collie named Tiga and his sister has a super cute westie named Archie. I hardly used to pay them attention at all because, well, why? You should have seen my face the first time I picked up their poo…GROSS!

I learnt quickly that dogs can sense when things are wrong, and after having rheumatoid arthritis since 2011, I had my first ever flare in April 2014. I was forced to quit my job and spend my days watching Netflix. Both Tiga and Archie were always with me making sure I was ok. I started to go out for walks with them and you would often find us sunbathing in the back garden together.  Times were tough, but having them with me made things slightly better.

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Over a month later, we picked up our lives and moved back to Australia — it had always been the plan, but we moved the date earlier because of my health. I really hit an all-time low when I had to have a week hospital stay in the cardiac ward in September 2014 after having a 1L pericardial effusion drained. To say that I was miserable was an understatement.

We had always discussed the possibility of having a dog, but I felt it was so far off because well…I was sick.

Exactly 6 months after my hospital admission, my husband started to look at dogs on RSPCA Queensland because I was interested in having a dog. I wasn’t working as much and I could really do with some company so that I would stop thinking of myself all the time and focusing on everything that was wrong in my life. Plus, I had started to think they were pretty damn cute.

That’s when we saw Amos. We fell in love. For some unknown reason, my husband and I had a burning desire that we had to have him, and 72 hours later we had him.  Yes, I owned a dog. You can read more about this story here.

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Our first 6 months were awkward, hilarious, full of tears and laughter, but slowly and surely I fell in love. I fell in love with a dog that I absolutely adored, and now I can’t imagine my life without him.
“Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control.”

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Amos is my angel. We both saved each other and we take care of each other on a daily basis. He has taught me the unconditional love of a dog. I never really got it, and you honestly can’t get it unless you have owned your very own dog before. My whole life is about Amos now. I would do absolutely anything for him. I would go through my challenges all over again because they lead me to Amos.

I found my heart dog.

I love my life.

And now I’m a crazy dog mum.

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Are you a first-time dog owner? Did you have dogs growing up? Tell us your story in the comments!

Melissa Pearce

My name is Mel and I am the proud dog mum of Amos Pearce. We live in Brisbane, Australia and just love adventuring though life together. Growing up, I used to hate dogs but after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I started to see dogs in a different way. Now I like to think of myself as the ultimate Dog Mum and I love it! I honestly can’t imagine life without Amos. Amos is a rescue from RSPCA Queensland and a proud RSPCA Furbassador. Together we share our most precious moments with you all as part of one big awesome life journey. Our little family rocks!

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2 comments

  1. Christina Conlon

    Mel, I absolutely love your story! I love how dogs have a way of bringing out a side of you you didn’t know you had. I swear, life with dogs is so much richer and more fulfilling!

    1. Melissa Pearce

      Thank you so much. I am so glad that enjoyed my story of how I came to be a dog mum!