When I meet new people, one thing becomes clear to them very quickly: I really enjoy dogs. My phone background is a picture of dogs, most of my snapchats are of or mention a puppy, my favorite twitter account is @CuteEmergency, and I tear up when I see them walking down the street. My love for dogs has only grown over the years as I have owned, fostered, and played with as many dogs as I can.
I think it is important to share this love of doggos with the world, and embrace everything that we can learn from these amazing creatures. So buckle up, and get ready for my blog series: Puppy of the Month. Each month will have a new dog to feature and connect to my not-so-everyday life as a Leadership Consultant, and hopefully they will bring you as much joy as they bring me.
September Puppy of the Month – Ace
September’s Puppy of the Month is a special one for me because Ace happens to be my very own family dog. He’s a 7-year-old Shih Tzu, and is always ready to cuddle. Having only owned big dogs before this him, bringing home a puppy Ace that could fit in my hand was a very moving experience.
Being home for a portion of the summer meant that Ace and I got to spend some quality time together. Nothing quite motivates me to exercise like a dog that needs to go for a walk, and Ace has a lot of energy.
The LC summer is not just fun and games, though. We have been hard at work training at National Headquarters, answering emails and getting everything set up for our semester of chapter visits. Ace is a hard worker, so finding motivation is easy (computer circa 2009).
However, the summer has come to an end, everyone is heading back to school, and the leadership consultants are hitting the road. That means getting back into gear and looking very studious for the year ahead. Ace and I both got new glasses for this exact reason.
One of the biggest dilemmas for leadership consultants during this time of year can be deciding what to pack and making sure that they have all of the essentials for whatever part of the country they might be in. It’s hard to know exactly what you’re going to need for every situation, and I think a dog is good for anything; however, I quickly learned that Ace can easily put a bag over the weight limit.
He really wanted to come.
Knowing that I will not see my dogs for a while is very hard for me, but the year ahead will be worth it. The opportunity to work with Sigma Kappa members and chapters throughout the country is something that I have hoped for for a long time, and I’m excited to learn and grow through this new role. Maybe chapter members will have dogs that I can pet from time to time. Maybe I’ll see a lot of dogs walking around in D.C. during my time there this year. No matter what, I will continue to find as many dog photos as possible and dream of cuddling this pupper again.