Greetings from the beast.

Oh hello there internet,
I’m sure you’ve noticed the exceedingly cute beastie bounding across the top of this page. That, internet, is Lila. Lila is an English Springer Spaniel who is, at this moment, just shy of her first birthday. Lila is a little whirlwind. In a lot of ways, she’s just like any other dog. She loves squeaky tennis balls, peanut butter, belly rubs, mud, and sunshine. But in other ways, she’s a little different. At around three months old, it became clear that Lila was a bit scared. Well, she was terrified, absolutely terrified, of people. Internet, this is when the world changed; no longer was I a normal dog owner. Things got serious in a heck of a hurry. I became a bodyguard, a nutritionist, a psychologist, a personal trainer, a teacher, and an amateur canine reproductive expert, practically overnight. This, internet, was stressful, but it was also strangely inspiring, as only the very best things in life are. After a lot of work, with simple goals that often seemed impossible, Lila has grown into a sweet, slightly shy, spirited, amazing Canine Good Citizen, settling the chaos that was once our lives into something that often resembles order. I want to make sure that our continuing adventures together are documented with as much good information and lighthearted humor as possible. This blog is going to be dedicated to the daily experiences, occasional struggles, frequent joys, and intermittent sorrows of having an ex-reactive little beastie.
Ambitiously, I’m going to aim for two short written posts a week on things we’ve done, things we’ve learned, or things we’re going to do. I hope it will, first and foremost, make you smile. I also hope it will motivate you, internet, to play with your dog, to teach your own beast a trick, to take him or her to the pet store, and to always ask before petting a strange dog, because the world badly needs more wagging tails.
I’ll also attempt a daily “Raw Roar” on Instagram since Lila’s meals are pretty unique and appropriate only for the most “fearsome” creature.
Talk soon internet,
Big Beast

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