I have always been a research nut. Not particularly in a academic way but more so in a google everything to learn more way. My husband and I decided to get a dog in 2017 and although I grew up with dogs, I knew nothing about raising them. Before Pax came I collected blog post, pinterest pins, googled endless pages about “your new puppy”. I purchased all the goods before he got here and felt extremely prepared. When Pax came home I had the fortune of working from home for the first two weeks with him and learned a lot about being a stay at home dog mom :) It’s a lot of fun, it’s a lot of work, and there are lots of learning lessons. Pax has such a personality that I wanted to capture everything. Partly because my husband does not have a flexible job and I wanted him to experience what I was. So I started making videos and taking pictures. When I started his instagram account, Paxthedood, I never could imagine it would be at 14,000 followers. Besides growing the account I also grew friendships. I am apart of a doodle pod of 16 other women where we share daily what’s going on or worries we have. The support is unlike any other. Besides those women I found the dog community to be so fantastic! So much positivity, so many tutorials, and so many educational experiences. I absolutely love connecting in person to other dog mom’s, I can see why support groups for mom’s and newborn babies is so essential because having friends in the same place in life as I am is pretty freaking cool. A funny thing started happening as the account grew, people asked me for advice. All of a sudden I was getting hundreds of messages about raising pax. I recognized there is a gap and that other women would benefit from the research I collected from the experts, my own life lessons, all the while having a central place to connect. My hope is to have many many many contributors to this page and that women raising dogs have a place to share their stories (not just about their dogs), engage with others, ask questions, be themselves, learn new things, and continue to evolve into the leader within themselves. Leader of the Pax has multiple meanings but mostly it is the mantra inside me to always stand tall and be myself. In meditation that goal is to stay peaceful and centered even when chaos is happening around us. So being the leader within ourselves and listening to our inner voices will channel more peace, more confidence, and more passion! Ultimately, I am Pax’s leader and he is also mine. He taught me to follow my heart, tune into my intuition, and to believe in myself. He has taught me what it is to be actually present, to be grateful, and to always be kind. I hope that these values resonate with you and that you continue to dream big, ask questions, and connect with those who want to support you living your best life! Enjoy!