Gretchen Rubin

Zoikes, We Got a Dog! Welcome, Barnaby.

Zoikes, We Got a Dog! Welcome, Barnaby.

Big news! My family got a dog today.

Listeners of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast heard me discuss my inner debate with my sister Elizabeth, about whether or not to get a dog. (Listen here.)

And then I talked about why I decided -- yes, let's get a dog! (Listen here.) In the end, as I tell Elizabeth on the podcast, I decided to "choose the bigger life" -- a question I always find helpful when I'm having trouble making a tough decision.

We went to pick him up to day. He's an eleven-week-old cockapoo. So sweet and lovely.  My daughters chose the name Barnaby.

We're excited, and truthfully -- well, it's probably more true for me than for the rest of family -- a little overwhelmed by the new responsibilities and the learning curve. Wish me luck!

And I'm racing through dog books. Whenever  I need to learn or even experience something, I want to read about it. Any suggestions, please send my way.

I asked for podcast listeners for dog advice, and got so many great insights and suggestions.

Many people encouraged us to get a rescue dog. I have so much admiration for people who do that, and I have several friends who have adopted wonderful rescue dogs.

In fact, for great memoirs on the subject, read my friend Julie Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness and  Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself.

But I know myself and my family. For us to get a dog, we needed to know a lot about what to expect.

Also, many listeners suggested getting a dog who had outgrown puppy-hood. While I was out of town, my husband and two daughters went to visit some dogs, and fell in love with this puppy. So -- eleven weeks old, it is.

I'll report periodically on how having a dog has affected our happiness and habits. I predict that for a little dog, Barnaby will make a big splash.

Onward and upward! Advice, suggestions, and reading recommendations welcome!

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