You know how excited new parents sometimes keep a journal documenting their child’s first year of life? And keep all kinds of really gross things in it?
You know, first fingernail clippings, first, er, umbilical cord stump? I was the first of 10 children (yep!) and my parents kept every creepy little thing you can imagine. I highly doubt Kahn number 10 got the same treatment I did, but hey, by then mom’s uterus was a fine-tuned machine. At least she never considered making a milkshake out of my birth caul. People do that these days. (And they think we dog moms are weird!)
Anyway, when I brought home my first dog almost four years ago, I was as excited as any human parent might be about their human child, minus the dread of going into labor or the desire to collect my dog’s first toenail clippings. (For the record, I honest-to-dog feel my mother had enough children for several people and never plan to have any human offspring of my own in penance.)
The point is, shortly after Mr. Moxie joined the family, he soon became the not-so-proud owner of every seasonal handmade dog sweater I could purchase.
My Facebook page was littered with albums documenting his growth and misadventures — remember the time he tore up the used tampons he found in the bathroom when we were out and left them all over the living room? Ah, memories. — I spent all my time on Italian Greyhound forums, and once brought him to a dog show even if he was snubbed as “pet quality.” I got him tattooed on my leg that first year.
So, if this new dog journal by Knock Knock had been available to me at the time, I would have snapped it up. If there’s anything I love more than telling people on the Internet about how my dog loves tampons, it’s taking pen to paper and documenting things old school. I even send people letters, how corny is that?
What I love about this journal is that it’s great for someone who just brought home a puppy and someone who just adopted an adult dog. You get to jot down the highs and lows of pet parenthood by the month and rate your dog somewhere between “best in show” and “bad to the bone” as she learns your house rules. There’s a cut-out window to include your pet’s photo and lots of good advice between the pages.
As you might have gathered from the headline on this post, we’re giving away one such journal! It’s true.
For a chance to win a copy of It’s a Dog’s Life: A Journal of Our First Year Together by Knock Knock, leave a comment below telling us about the new dog in your life. And please, don’t forget to make sure you have a valid e-mail address associated with your Disqus account before you comment, or we won’t be able to contact you if you win! We’ll draw a random winner and contact them via e-mail on Friday, May 18.