Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, it seems like I am always learning and discovering! I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is a big place, life is a lesson, and children can be the best teachers. This will be my standard introduction for Life Lessons. I hope you join me every week for a hearty laugh, a deep thought, or maybe both, if I am really on the ball.
This week’s life lessons are all about our new puppy. He’s a mutt for sure, part German Shepherd, part Rottweiler, and part everything else. A lot like our family, which hails from all parts of the Earth. Meet our newest family member, T-Rex. Here are my insights and experiences as a Mexico Mom, with a new puppy, for the week of February 2nd, 2015:
Life Lesson 53: A new puppy is like having another kid.
You still have to clean up pee and poop. They want to sleep in your bed at night. They whine when they are hurt or need attention. They eat and drink a lot. You spoil them and love them like a baby. All the work is worth it, for more than one reason. The kids are learning how to care for a new pet. They are learning that responsibilities are not always fun but they are necessary. This is an important life skill, being able to care for someone other than yourself. It is especially important to learn, if your kids grow up, marry, and have children of their own.
Life Lesson 54: A new puppy is a great stress-relief.
Our family has been under some stress for a few months and having a new puppy to distract us from reality is a nice mental break. Don’t worry. It’s nothing serious that we can’t handle, only the stress of life, learning to accept and adapt to situations that you cannot change. (It’s not Mexico! We love it here!) The kids are having fun with Rex, and Brad and I are enjoying him too. This is a big deal because Brad is not a big dog person and Rex is going to be a big dog! I have always loved big dogs so I am looking forward to seeing just how much this little guy is going to grow :-)
Life Lesson 55: The cost of a new puppy is cheaper in Mexico.
Rex’s first vet visit cost 430 pesos. That is about $29 US at today’s exchange rates. This was probably a little high for Mexico but we went to vet close to home in a nice part of the city. Rex got his first round of shots, medicine for puppy diarrhea, and a check-up. In the States this would have probably been close to $100 US. We always had pets and as responsible owners our pets always had regular vet visits. I definitely remember the high cost of these appointments to make sure our furry family members were healthy. This is another perk of living in Mexico. The cost of a new puppy or kitten is cheaper then in the States.
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Want to see last week’s life lessons? Check them out here: Life Lessons at the Zoo. Signing off, Tina, aka Mexico Mom