Thursday, October 13, 2011

Man's Best Friend

There are certain things you learn when you become a dog owner. Not only do you learn a lot more about dogs—the things they eat, the things they chew, how many bottles of Resolve you go through during potty-training—but you also learn a lot about yourself. I know I have.

I wanted to share with you my wisdom. Or, the wisdom I've been granted thanks to my dogs—both past and present.

A few of my lovely dogs.
Top right; Kelsi. Top left; Tucker. Bottom; Cowboy.
Standing around, repeating, "Need to?" and "Go teedle!" will make you humble. So will stooping over to pick up their...leavings...

"Doggie Bags" will no longer bring to mind restaurant leftovers.

You can tell a dog owner by the slobber on the inside of their passenger window.

You are much more capable of baby talk than you ever imagined.

Sometimes a comforting lick is just as good as, if not better than, a hug.

Toys that boast, "Will keep your dog busy for hours!" will probably not live up to that promise.

When puppies are teething, NOTHING is safe.

The difference between acceptable behavior and unsocialized behavior is the difference between "your dog" or "their dog."

Dogs can totally laugh at you. Also, they do totally laugh at you.

Dogs are way more loyal than people. They always listen, they love to be around you, they don't care what you look like with no make-up on, they'll never stab you in the back, they'll forgive you for anything, and they would lay down their life for you without a second thought.

Feeding your dog table scraps can backfire. Big time.

You will become that person who always brings a conversation back to your dog.

You will find reasons to show everyone pictures of your dog, whether they want to see them or not.

My dog has made me a much more patient person.

It is almost impossible to disappoint a dog.

The entire world obviously smells much more interesting than you will ever know.

Dog hair gets on EVERYTHING. Even places that your dog has NEVER BEEN.

Every dog has a different personality.

My dog is probably smarter than me. That would not surprise me at all.

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