The other night I was lying in bed and realized that I am 110% crazy. Dog crazy. I’m the crazy dog lady (married to a crazy dog man). When I had this realization I was comfortably drifting off to sleep with Enzo, our 35lbs. collie/whippet mix, curled up between my knees. Lylee, our 65lbs. husky/boxer mix was behind me, lying between K and I with her paws draped across my back. He had his arm wrapped around her back. Essentially it was a triple-spoon situation. Weird, right? That’s when I decided we’re totally bonkers.
On top of that, last Friday my dogs and I were invited to a doggie birthday party for our good friend, Ernie the miniature dachshund. Lylee stayed home, but Enzo and I went and had a marvelous time! We celebrated his first birthday with hats, gifts, and human and puppies cakes. Ernie’s mom, Kayla, said that he passed out from happy exhaustion as soon as we left.
Yesterday I met my other best friend and her pup, Bones, at a local elementary school and we had a puppy playdate at the fenced-in playground. Obviously the company I keep know what’s important in life, too: four paws and a wet nose.
It used to bother me that people mocked me for gushing about my dogs or pointed out the yellow dog hair on my pants. Honestly, though, I don’t care 🙂 My dogs are amazing, intelligent little souls. They love they harbor for K and me is immeasurable. As much as I love them, I know they love us more because we are literally their entire world. We don’t deserve that love, but it doesn’t stop them.
How crazy is that? I have to ability to fill their tummies, make them happy, keep them safe, discipline them, etc. Their entire lifestyle depends on us… so why wouldn’t I obsess over them? Their happiness and health is my responsibility.
We don’t have children- and I know that kids bring a whole new set of emotions, responsibilities, and hurdles- but right now our dog have the basic needs of humans, children, etc. They want to be fed and loved. They need to be healthy and exercised. They seek comfort when they’re scared or injured. They have favorite snacks, actives, and ways to be loved.
I know that I am on the extreme end of this dog-mom spectrum. Our babies sleep with us, ride in the car, get Christmas gifts, and have playdates. (At the same time, because of this strong bond, 98% of the time I know what my dogs want, need, and prefer.) I can tell you what my dogs will do before they do it. No everyone is that invested; I get it.
BUT… if you are a dog owner or you are considering getting (adopting) a pup, you owe them more than food, water, and shelter. (That’s all the State of Ohio requires. That’s a load of cow poo.) Some dogs have the intelligence and emotional capacity of a 2 year old child. You don’t need a kid to know how smart and emotional a 2 year old can be. On top of food and shelter you owe your 4-legged friend love, attention, proactive healthcare, exercise, and loyalty.
Can you tell I’m a little passionate about this? I’ll wrap it up, but not without a video I saw last week:
My heart is so grateful for the love my dogs give me- I can only attempt to return that love to them.
Do you have a dog? What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog? Have you considered adding a dog to your family?
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I do not have a dog, but I have always wanted one. From reading your post, I have a better understanding of the relationship some individuals have with their dogs. Once I have my own place, I will most likely adopt a dog not sure what kind yet. 🙂
Thanks for the comment, Felecia! I’m glad this gave you an idea of dog ownership! We spoil our puppies and let them get away with a lot, but it keeps them happy and healthy so it’s worth it! 🙂
Crazy or not, I love it and I don’t care what other people say. I’m crazy for my dog and cat too! They are our little fur babes & I can’t imagine not having them! I love that you had a puppy date, Louise! So sweet!
They definitely add to the quality of life 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy your fur babies just as much!!
that video! what was that?! ahhhh! we are total dog people now and it’s hard to understand it unless you’ve got one! our favorite thing is to lounge around with our pup and watch her explore the world. they are pretty great and i’m glad you love yours so much!
I cried for an hour the first time I watched it….. UGH! I’m so happy you’ve discovered the world of dogs through Sugar!! She’s the cutest! It’s so amazing to watch them experience snow, mirrors, and other little critters for the first time! Lol!
Beautiful post Louise. I’m a dog lady too! :oP
Words cannot even express the selfless love of a dog. They are amazing animals for sure.
Thank you, V! Having dogs is so great 🙂 I love the SnapChats of your little bubble hunter! 😀
I absolutely refused to watch that video for now, because I know I will cry my eyes out 😉
I am a crazy dog-lady too. When I met my husband, he didn’t even like dogs, and now I will catch him snuggling with our three rescue-babies all the time.
We have a Blue Tick mix, a Pitt-mix, and a Wolfhound-mix. We love our girls! ❤
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