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How to Convince Your Parents to Get Another Dog

As yesterday was National Dog Day, we all got to swoon over the cute dogs in the world, and I got to think back  to my plot to get my current dog, Graham. Now what I’m about to say, may or may not work for you, but it worked for me, so it’s worth a shot.

Setting the scene: It was junior year of high school and my dog at the time, Misty, was getting close to her expiration date. Yes, I used expiration date, as in the hospital they write “expired,” when a patient passes away, which just doesn’t sound good to me, but that’s not what this post is about. Moving on. I’m the type of person that doesn’t cope well with goodbyes and I guess have to fill the void of those gone. Therefore, I knew I needed to have another dog to help mourn the loss of my current dog.

Mom and Dad stated over and over that our childhood dog was the only dog they would have and we weren’t going to get another dog. Misty, was a mixture of a chow, golden retriever and sheltie. Needless to say, she shed….a lot. So they had mentioned, if for some reason they did get another dog, it would have to not shed. So of course I go to my friend Google and start researching dogs that don’t shed and dogs that retrieve/play (our other mandatory need in a companion.) My search showed the cutest breed of dog I had seen, a cockapoo; mixture of cocker spaniel and poodle. Known to not shed and also had a chance to be a retriever.

I found a breeder within a moderate distance of driving that had fresh pups and found the cutest thing ever. So here we go with the steps.

How to Convince Your Family to Get a Dog in 10 Steps 

  1. Print out picture of the dog you want
  2. Show mom and dad the multiple pictures and pick the cutest one out to display proudly, the others can go in your locker at school, because duh.
  3. Put the cute picture on a place your family will have to see multiple times a day. The fridge. Another duh.
  4. Bring it up in conversation cleverly, “how adorable is he? man I wish he was ours”
  5. Hook them in. You have to personalize it to grow a connection. “Hey dad, what name would suit him?” “Hey mom, dad thinks
    Graham could be a good name because he looks like a graham cracker. It could also be after Graham Norton (mom’s favorite BBC late night show with British inappropriate humor, because duh, or the Graham Colton Band (a band my brother and I used to listen to and enjoy.)
  6. Let them know that we will be making a trip to Kirksville to move my brother into his new house and the breeder is conveniently only an hour from there
  7. Say “we should just go say hi to him. He’s too cute not to go play with at least”
  8. Have dad hold him. Watch him as he also tries to walk and falls onto his booty because he’s still learning his balance. Us Thierry’s are known for junk in the trunk and he fit right in with that characteristic.
  9. Fall in love. Hooked.
  10. He’s ours and his name is Graham, and we loved him so much that we almost got his sister too. Almost.

Like I said, it might not work for you, but that is the story of how we got Graham and he’s seriously the cutest thing ever. The breeder told us that he probably wouldn’t retrieve, but the day we went to pick him u
p to take him home, we threw balls and frisbees and he went to retrieve and bring back.

I would be a terrible dog mama if I didn’t brag that he sometimes catches frisbees with his paws, like a human. But I also would like to put a disclaimer that his catch rate is pretty low when his hair gets shaggy.

Good luck for all those future dog owners!

Q: How did you get your dog?

Q: What type of dog do you have?

Q: Did you celebrate National Dog Day?



Here’s to the Next Chapter

December 20th was more than just graduation day, and I didn’t really realize that, until now. If you know me or have been following this blog, you know that I had the incredible opportunity to work my dream job as a Sports Nutritionist right after I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University. As I lived it out for a very busy 1.5 years, I knew I was learning so much about sports nutrition, but also about life and developing myself. However, I didn’t realize how much this experience would truly help in my next journey, until now.


This blog hasn’t been updated in a very long time, because I was consumed in an amazing experience. One of which I didn’t mind the 14 hour work days or the occasional 7 days a week of work. I didn’t mind because I was surrounded by incredible people and I could be myself once again and not worry about how that came off. I was able to keep who I was, but improve on it. Prior to my job at Mizzou, I struggled. My last two years of my undergraduate degree I lost a sense of who I was, lost my laugh, was in a state where it was rare that I felt like myself. That summer after graduation, it began to come back as I was surrounded by children who taught me so many things about life and every day was filled with smiles and laughter. The same thing happened during my time at Mizzou.

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I am now onto my next journey of life that is the last step to my dream job as a Sports Dietitian. I am living in Oklahoma for 8 months to complete my clinical, community and management rotations for my dietetic internship so I can become eligible to take my exam and become registered.


This week we had orientation and as we went through our handbook, I realized my mentor prepared me in more ways than she realized, I’m sure. The situations she put me in throughout my time at Mizzou, have instilled confidence in myself going into this internship and a lot of the things that are expected of us, are things I have already experienced and know how to handle or approach when they come up.

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I’m extremely excited to start this internship and learn even more about nutrition to help my future. I’m beyond blessed with how everything is happening for me and the inspirational and motivational people I have met that not only teach me but bring out the best in me. I’m thankful to have my smile and laugh back and hopefully can keep it throughout the next 8 months.

Cheers to new beginnings and onto another adventure!