You see I have never really thought of myself as a writer at all. In high school, i was an A maths and science student however English I managed a B at best. Do not even get me started on drama and arts, a total C student there!
I remember the only time I ever got an A in an English assigntment was our very last project in Year 12 where we could do anything that you wanted. Keeping with my strengths, I decided to write a science report! Yes I did. I created a whole forensic report complete with photographs, handwriting analysis and written interviews. Very science related and it served me well.
Moving on I graduated from university as a Physiotherapist and have been working as one for 11 years and I now specialise in the area of Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor dysfunction which a special interest in ante natal exercise programs. Lets rewind briefly though…
In 2010 I was living in England with my now husband having the time of my life when suddenly I became extremely sick and was dianogised with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Honestly, the worst time of my life however the best thing that could have happened to me. I was working extremely hard on a stroke ward at the time and the work was both mentally and physically challenging. I was also an extremely stressed out person and totally addicted to exercise to the point where I thought that if i didn’t exercise I would get fat. I was working 2 different other jobs, running ante natal exercise classes and judging gymnastics in my spare time!!!
So my life instantly changed and I was recently listening to a podcast with Tim Ferris recently where he said something that really stuck with me.
“Sometimes you need life to save you from what you want to give you what you need.”
I really believe that this is true, I needed a change and I was not going down the right way so life came along and helped me out.
I started my dog’s instagram account sometime in 2016 and honestly I had no idea what I was doing. At this point in time I had my own personal instagram account but I didnt really know how it worked and really I only uploaded photos of what I was eating!! Doesn't everyone. I realised that I was flooding my own account with photos of my dog and actually the accounts commenting on my photos were dogs! I didn’t know dogs had their own accounts.
Probably after a few months I decided it was time and I created an account — www.instagram.com/amospearce and I slowly started uploading photos and starting to share his life.
Now I am going to admit something here — I also didn’t know that people edited photos that they took on their phone!!! Man if you scroll back through my instagram account you will be amazed at some of the photos I uploaded — why! I keep a lot of them there as I feel it reflects my journey and shows my transition and improvements and I am so pleased with the direction my account is heading.
I learnt how to edit photos by reading articles, practicing and sending them to my friend who is an amazing Pet Photographer. Note that It has taken me a long time and I still have a lot to learn but it is fun and I am enjoying the creative challenge.
I also was unaware that you were required to engage with people and use hashtags. I basically just used to upload my photo and scroll through and see what was going on. A total beginner I was.
I have really enjoyed the challenge of learning how to use Instagram and the other social media platforms.
By using Instagram I have learnt how to have a creative voice and have learnt how to take better photographs and how to edit my photographs.
I am constantly inspired by the incredible photography that is present on Instagram and am constantly look at ways that I can be better.
From an enjoyment perspective, I love opening up my dogs instagram account in the morning and just scrolling through and seeing happy smiling faces.
I love sharing the life of Amos through his feed and through his stories but I also wanted to be able to create lasting memories so that I will forever and always be able to remember him as he is now, a fun loving happy dog full of energy and withthe most beautiful personality.
Ok so why did we start a blog?
Due to my enthusiam and apparent knowledge of what I was doing, something I noticed was that most people following Amos was under the impression that :
1. I had always loved dogs
2. I had dogs before
So lets answer those questions if you have not already read my first blog post that I shared above.
I used to hate dogs.
I have never owned a dog before.
Growing up I was scared of dogs as I had no idea what to do with them. I thought a dog licking you was gross and I hated touching them. If I did I was constantly washing my hands after them. Everything about them was ewww.
I grew up with cats and also in my family my brother, sister and I were extremely active so we were either out at sport or playing sport in the yard. Both of my parents worked extremely hard as well and a dog was never even discussed by any of us.
Knowing what I know now and looking back on my childhood, I know that we could not have fitted a dog into our lifestyle and given it the life that it deserves and I am grateful that I never had to make that decision myself.
I now have been transformed into a crazy dog mum and I absolutely love it.
Amos is also a rescue dog from RSPCA Queensland and I am extremely passionate about using my accounts to raise awareness of the benefits and joys of owning a rescue dog.
I also aim to share what I have learnt as I hope that a non dog lover out there like myself could be transformed into a dog loving person when they are ready. I never knew that I could love a dog as much as I love and adore Amos. He has my heart and I have his.
Be sure to head on over to my blog — www.amospearce.com where I share my adventures with Amos.
My hope is that people will read this and realise that you don’t always have to grow up around dogs to fall in love and be a dog person.
Thank you for reading and please share this on your social media accounts because you never know, you may just convince someone to adopt a dog.