9.25.2012

Lessons in Dog Ownership

We don't actually own a dog, but we are dog sitting for my mom... This is Chelsea and her buddy Oliver, aka Little Dude (or LD as Husband has been saying lately)
As you can see she is not very big, kind of the right size for us. And the house. And the cats. Well, the only cat that likes her is Oliver, as you can tell. Punkin swats her in the face every time she walks by. And Charlotte  you ask? Oh, don't worry. She has taken up residence in the basement which I am now going to call the "schizo-cat safe haven."

So where was I going with this.. Oh yeah... Lessons in owning/borrowing a dog... I haven't owned a dog in nearly 8 years, so this is kind of like a new thing for me.

1)When your dog is used to getting up at 5 am to go outside to take care of business, you will also be getting up at 5 am to take care of business.
2) Dogs will take care of business in the rain and shine, not to mention 35 degree temps at 5 am. 
3) Your dog will inevitably hide her food from the cats, even though she is the one stealing their food...
4) Even though all my floors are covered in a mixture of cat and dog hair (not to mention dog food), the area around my stove is suspiciously clean....
5) If we ever decide to own a dog for real, we must get a bigger bed... Apparently a queen size bed is not enough to hold 2 humans, 2 cats, and 1 dog.
6) Dogs will eat EVERYTHING they are not supposed to... Dirt, grass, dirty tissues, cat hair, cat food, cat poop, and all sorts of other nasty things...
7) Despite it all, dogs will love you as long as you provide walks, water, food, and belly rubs. And we will love them right back (even if they puke on the bedspread in the middle of the night)

Do you have any humorous lessons in dog ownership?

7 comments:

  1. I've drawn a blank on dog ownership tips. Ever since we moved out here we haven't had the best of luck with dogs, either ours or strays. But glad to hear the kitties are at least tolerating the visitor.

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    1. yeah, I seem to recall you not doing so well with dogs... Just stick to goats. They seem to suit you much better!

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  2. Fence the garden. My dog loves veggies. Last year she ate all the green tomatoes as they began to ripen. We put up a fence, she jumps it. She even eats hot peppers! Taller fence in the works.

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    1. Oh, no worries there. We have the yard fenced in to keep the chickens secure, and then we have each bed fenced off to keep it secure from the chickens and groundhogs.

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  3. If you need puking lessons, my Otto would be the one to call on. He pukes with the best! He's especially good at hitting the bed or the carpet, but on rare occasions manages to get it on the wood floor where it's like actually easy to clean up. He has a doggy door, so he could actually go outside any time, 24/7, to puke in the grass, but he prefers to deposit at least one urp in the house, then go outside to finish it off. Annie is a car puker, so we just make sure to cover the car seat with a large towel.

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  4. Why is it that even in a house with all hard floors, they seem to find the only square inch of carpet to puke on???

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    1. Because they love to watch you clean it up? Puts you down on all fours, at their level ;-)

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