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The Paw-rent Life 🐶 🐾

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The Paw-rent Life 🐶 🐾
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #51 • View online
Hi friends!
Last month, I officially became a Paw-rent to a little toy poodle named Chewie (named after Chewbacca from Star Wars!). Even though I’ve always had dogs in my life, this is the first time I am solely responsible for my own - and it’s really different (in a good way). I even took 1 day off from work to make sure she settled in well!
Here’s the recap of my first month with her (incase you’re thinking about becoming a paw-rent):
1) Say Goodbye to uninterrupted sleep, for at least awhile. Did I mention that I have a new alarm clock? For the first week, I was part zombie, averaging 4 hours of sleep per night. Every time she whined at night, I would worry whether she’d have peed or pooped in her crate. By 7am, she’d be whining for food, so I’d get up to feed her and to let her do her business.
2) It’s incredibly exhausting - your attention is divided ALL. THE. TIME. During the day, I had to make sure she was eating well, training her to go potty at the right places, making sure she wasn’t chewing any furniture. The only time time I had to myself was when she was sleeping. Not kidding, this could be a full time job.
3) Educating the new way: Positive Reinforcement
When I was younger, the method of training dogs was through fear and domination, making sure dogs knew who the ‘alpha’ in the relationship was. Choke chains, electric collars and smacking were common.
However, the emphasis now is to learn to communicate better with your dog through paw-sitive (hehe) reinforcement. So far. I’m learning loads from a YouTuber called Zac George on how to train Chewie - and it’s working! Every time she gets something right, she gets a reward! I’ve definitely learnt to become more patient, but what matters is that she’s a happy dog :)
4) Becoming a Paw-rent
Being constantly worried about your little one, doing research on what the best kibble snacks, buying the best harnesses and toys, making sure your little one is mentally stimulated and physically exercised… that’s become a norm. Yes, my phone’s photo album is also filled with multiple pages of photos and videos of Chewie. I’ve also made both a TikTok and Instagram account for her, so do give her a follow!
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In a nutshell, it’s been exhausting but incredibly fulfilling. When I look at her, there’s this inexplicable joy that arises in my heart - and I literally would do anything for her!
I would like to add that I have SO much respect for parents, especially working parents. It’s also reaffirmed my decision not to have kids - as I can imagine, it must be at least 100 times challenging and exhausting for them.
You can see photos of her below on the Photos of The Week Section :)
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
I’ve never been a good writer - but I’m constantly practicing my craft to get better at it. No secrets here, but Nicolas breaks everything down for you - on finding your niche to what platforms to write on. I even got lost halfway through the book as he listed down the structure of how he writes.
I’ve yet to finish reading this book, but I think a lot of it can be applied to writing my video scripts for both YouTube and Tiktok.
Cool read if you’re keen to learn more about the art of writing, going viral or building up an audience.
Video Of The Week 🎥
Highlight Of The Day #shorts
Highlight Of The Day #shorts
Please watch it, and give it a like 👍🏽 as it really helps support the channel and subscribe to my YouTube channel OR my TikTok Channel here if you found value in this video! 🙏🏼
Of course, sharing the videos with anyone who may potentially benefit from this information would help me a ton as well! 🤗
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
It's important to remember that your life doesn't revolve around work. While it is a large part of it, don't let yourself be completely defined by your professional failures or successes!
It's important to remember that your life doesn't revolve around work. While it is a large part of it, don't let yourself be completely defined by your professional failures or successes!
Photo(s) Of The Week 📷
Introducing Chewie Lim, the newest member of my famileeofpoodles!
Introducing Chewie Lim, the newest member of my famileeofpoodles!
This girl has a resting sad face, I promise she is actually a very happy puppy!
This girl has a resting sad face, I promise she is actually a very happy puppy!
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie, a Millennial based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱 and career tips 🎓 to help Gen Z & Millennials navigate life. Every month, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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