On Being Unfaithful

Friday, January 30, 2015


This isn't an easy topic to bring up, but since I try to keep things pretty honest on here I know it must be addressed.

I don't think that cheating ever "just happens." I think it's a choice that someone makes before they actually act upon it. I know people have their own thoughts on this and that's fine, I'm just telling you mine.

I'm telling you my thoughts right now because recently (yesterday) I got caught red handed.

I told Harlow I was going to the store but I actually went to an animal shelter to see other dogs. There, I said it. I'd like to say it didn't mean anything and it won't ever happen again, but I know that's a lie.

It meant a lot.

I went to Felines and Canines in Rogers Park and saw dogs of all shapes and sizes, staring at me with their sweet little faces, just wanting some human affection. I should note that this particular facility is a beautiful shelter. The dogs all had their own little rooms, complete with a comfy bed, a few toys, and food and water. It was clean as a whistle and they even had a sound machine playing ocean waves. But the way some of the pups had their wet noses pressed right up against the glass was just heartbreaking.

I was just going to walk one dog yesterday, a little pup that looked like she was climbing the walls dying to get out and burn some of that puppy energy.  I could barely get little Rozzi on the leash before she was jumping all over me.



But after I walked her and brought her back inside her neighbor was looking at me like, are you seriously not going to walk me? C'mon, don't do that. So then I walked her adorable blonde neighbor too.


By the time we got back the sweet old gal, Hannah, who was asleep when I arrived was officially awake and waiting near the glass for her walk. She was a little hesitant with me at first and I had to carry her upstairs, but when we got outside she turned into a different dog. She would walk a bit and then just turn and smile at me.


Hannah just relocated to Chicago after being in a pretty bad place in Kentucky. I guessed she was about 8 or 9. But the shelter said she's only 3. Growing up in an overcrowded shelter like the ones in the south tends to age a dog pretty quickly.

By the time I took Hannah back I just accepted the fact that I was going to walk every dog in the row. They really didn't give me much of choice.

This pretty girl is another Kentucky transplant. She just wanted to be outside smelling all the good scents in her sassy red jacket.


The thing I noticed with every dog is the moment we got outside they just wanted to run. And then I couldn't help but wonder how long it had been since they'd gotten the chance to do that? Do they ever get off leash? Probably not a lot.

The hardest part for me was taking each dog back into their little room. As I said before, Felines and Canines is a wonderful facility, probably as nice as a shelter gets, but still. It's a shelter. And these dogs spend their entire day in a small square space. So after I unleashed each of them I would sit in their room for a bit and give them a good pet and scratch and tell them you is kind, you is smart, you is important, until I thought they were ready for me to go. But they were never ready. Little Rozzi actually threw herself on me at one point trying to keep me from leaving. A worker happened to peak in and saw us embracing in a very long dog hug, which was kind of awkward, but both the dog and I needed it so whatever.

When I got home it was even worse.

Harlow immediately greeted me at the door, toy in mouth as usual, but the moment he got a whiff of me he dropped his bear and looked at me suspiciously. I tried to spray myself with perfume in my car to cover up the scent of the other dogs, but Harlow knew. He knew it immediately.

He smelled every inch of my jeans and shoes while I made up excuses about where I was, but he wasn't having it. He just looked at me like I was pitiful. Harlow can be very selfish. He's the epitome of an only child and doesn't understand a life without constant trips to the park/beach/wherever else he demands I take him. So he was less than happy to learn I'd been out galavanting with other bitches.

But whether Harlow likes it or not, I'm going to keep seeing my new dog pals. If he's not careful I might just bring one of them home...

And just so you know, for those of you that ordered shirts, Felines and Canines is the first place where I'm donating a portion of the profits. So in one way or another, your money is going to help the pups you see above. So thank you for that. They thank you as well.

Have a great weekend! I promise to cut back on the dog posts next week. Then again, maybe not.


*To check out Felines and Canines on Facebook click here.

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53 comments:

  1. Girl, you got me this time. I got through the post, but my husband was standing nearby and I tried to tell him about it. I couldn't even finish the explanation before I teared up. This made my heart smile!!!! You're awesome!

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  2. I just checked out Felines and Canines website, they obviously are an amazing shelter that cares. And clearly you do too, since you're out walking everyone! haha If that were me it would take everything I have not to take them all home!

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  3. This makes me happy and sad...i'm shappy? I always say if I had millions of dollars, i would build state of the art facility to take in all the dogs i could, and my entire job would be to take care of them and play with them. And after a rigorous adoption process, find them the best homes ever. thankful for your heart for these wonderful animals!

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  4. I love your heart for the animal community!
    Every time I volunteer at shelters i have to stop myself from bringing one home....we already have two!

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  5. I was terrified to read this post because I thought it would ruin my day. Thank God I was wrong. It's hard for me to look at shelter pictures because I want to adopt all of those precious animals!

    Briana | The Novelista

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  6. I love it! I may even have to post a link back to this post for others to come check it out! Such a sweet thing you did with those other dogs. I live in KY and there are so many dogs mistreated around here. I hate it! Thankful for people like you.

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  7. Maybe sit Harlow down and explain to him that there are some dogs out there who are not as lucky as him? (haha) That is such a great thing you are doing! I would feel gutted too! I really wish I could adopted every shelter dog I see.

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  8. This is great! This is exactly how we got our dog while on vacation in Turks&Caicos. We will just take her for a little walk, we said. She ended up on the plane home with us. Three years later, the best decision we ever made. Adoption is the best!!

    www.freedupgirl.com

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    1. This is amazing! I didn't know you could bring dogs back, was it a difficult process?

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    2. Not at all. The Potcake Place (where we adopted her) took care of everything from shots, paperwork, carrier, leash, collar ect. They met us at the airport and assisted us to the gate. Customs was a breeze. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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  9. I'm not going to lie, I cried reading this. The shelters in the South really are the worse. They are so overcrowded and it just breaks my heart. I love the shirt you are selling and the great cause it benefits. I know they are sold out now, but are you going to be selling more anytime soon?

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  10. This post is sweet and sad at the same time. Awhile back, I took my cousin to the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha to look at cats (I keep telling her dad I'm going to send her home with a cat whenever she visits me, because he hates cats), but we stopped in to look at the dogs, too. It honestly broke my heart, and I wanted to bring one home. Now there's a new Shelter open in Council Bluffs, closer to where I live. My dad keeps talking about volunteering there, and I'm thinking I want to, as well. My cat will be suspicious, but like you said, she'll just have to deal.

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  11. Ahhh breaks my heart and fills it with love all at the same time!!! RESCUE A PET, PEOPLE!

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  12. That is so awesome that you are walking them! I would take them all if I could....all my babies are rescue babies and they are the best dogs EVER!

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  13. Thank you for volunteering. I did last night as well at my rescue and I really, really did not feel like going. But once I was there I was so happy. And reminded that these little fur babes have no choice but to be there.

    I don't know what else to say other than thank you. :)

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  14. Hahaha This post went in an entirely different direction than I expected. Did you see the other day that Uber was delivering puppies to your house to play with for an hour? Well that was for the D.C. area, but still they do it all over the country! See here! Anyways, yay for rescuing puppies! I rescued mine about 9 months ago and she is the best!

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  15. Plot twist! When my dog was still around he used to feel the same way. Then you spend the entire afternoon trying to get their love again haha.

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  16. Ahhh you totally got me!! lol! You are such a sweet person to go spend time with those poor babies. I would love to volunteer some time at a local shelter. It's been a long time. I hope your dog baby forgives you soon! haha! Maybe if you bring home a treat to bribe her with?? lol

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  17. Ha! I knew this couldn't be serious. Great post! And kudos for following up with a great cause that you care about (despite Harlow's jealousy issues). I don't know if I could do it. Pet shelters make me so sad.

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  18. Haha, great post! And that's great that you went and walked shelter dogs-good for you!

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  19. AMAZING! I've been saying for a very long time that I want to volunteer with cats at a shelter in Chicago- probably something closer to me than Rogers Park. That warms my heart that you're doing that and it probably makes you feel really good! Happy weekend!

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  20. I love this! I love this so freaking much. How amazing that you took all of those sweet pups for walks. I would have walked them straight to my home ha ha. Harlow is just going to have to get over your unfaithfulness ;) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  21. How awesome! It really makes me so happy what you are doing for those sweet little doggies. It makes me want to get out there and do some good here too! I am 100% sure Harlow understands! :)

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  22. Talk about making a person choke up, which resulted in Tim wanting to know if I was ok

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  23. Awwww...I have been thinking of volunteering at the local shelter but I just don't think I could do it. I have been in a pound one time & cried like a baby.

    -Jennifer
    Www.jennifersblogbook.blogspot.com

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  24. Aww! I am getting my butt to my town's shelter and walking every dog I can! I am not in the place where I can adopt one (living with my parents & only 18) so the least I could do is give the doggies a good walkin!

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  25. Aww this made me a bit sad for the dogs at the shelter. I wish more people would see them and/or adopted them.

    Life With Antlers

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  26. This was great! I saw the title and knew it was going to be something humorous about cheaters and it turned out to be you! Poor Harlow. I hope he gets over the jealousy soon. I know some shelters near me let you bring your own animals in so they can play with the ones at the shelter. Maybe Harlow could meet the bitches you're cheating on him with :-]

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  27. This made my dog loving heart melt. Seriously so sweet and so sad that those pups dont yet have homes :( ... on a happier note ... I think you can find Harlow a little lady in that bunch eh?! lol

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