This post was updated on 13/05/21

Meet Harvey; an 11 week old black Labrador. A whole day to myself with a puppy is just…well it’s not going to happen is it. However what I lose in a whole day to myself I gain in so many ways. And ways that do and will continue to help me with health and wellbeing. For a start, just look at that face!

In the two weeks he has been with us, he has brought me so much joy. I have smiled and laughed every single day we’ve had him. That’s good for my health and wellbeing straight way. He’s kept me busy-I don’t have time to worry about silly things and I have a little bundle to love.

Very soon I’ll be able to take him out for walks, which I can’t wait for. It will be great for me to have a walk every day and he needs it-he has so much energy!

I am determined to have an obedient puppy so we practice training every day. I think Harvey is simply happy because he gets to eat chicken. In three weeks, he knows his name, come, sit, lie down and stay and he’s house-trained, I don’t think that’s bad going. In our first puppy training class, he was the first one to come back to us when called-so chuffed.

The speed at which he is learning is incredible. Every time he tries something he gets better-including now being able to jump on the sofa!

Then when he’d played, “helped with laundry” and explored new places. He settles down for a nap, which gives me two hours to curl up with a cup of tea and a book. What bliss!


About Tina Russell

Tina Russell is a Mindset and Wellbeing Blogger and Coach who helps busy women to calm the chaos in their mind and life, prioritise themselves and shine in all they choose to do. After years of not valuing herself and being a perfectionist, Tina suffered from anxiety and exhaustion and knew something had to change. She set about retraining her brain and getting her shine back, making self-care and self-development her passions. Now happier in her life, Tina uses her coaching and influencing skills from her corporate HR career, and years of experience in making positive changes to her life, to inspire and motivate other women to do the same.

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