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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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