Dog Ownership: Then and Now

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Last night, I sat on my couch and stared at Henry who was somewhere between sleep and consciousness. This was less creepy than it sounds – I am just a doting mother. We’ve now had Henry for 2.5 years, my little huge baby is going to be 3 in January and I couldn’t help but reflect on what life was like as a first time dog owner vs. what it is like now. I’ve rounded up just some of the ways that things have changed and if you are a pet owner, I have a sneaking suspicion that you are going to relate!

Then:

You vacuum like a crazy person. You wash your sheets constantly. You have lint rollers stored in several places: living room, kitchen, bedroom, car, desk at work – all in the name of ridding yourselves of dog hair.

Now:

You once over yourself in the mirror in the morning, shrug, and carry on with your day. Anyone within 5 inches-2 feet of you can see the stray dog hairs on your clothes. You don’t care.

Then:

You make sure to rush home and let your puppy out every 2-4 hours. On the one hand, it’s because they are babies and they need to go out. On the other hand, it’s because THEY ARE YOUR BABY AND THEY NEED YOU.

Now:

Did you take the dog out?…No…I didn’t…did you?…No, I didn’t…..

Then:

You’ve gotten your puppy a million toys. They are so cute and your puppy loves playing with them but he leaves them all about the house so right before company comes over you run around like a mad person trying to pick everything up and put it in the deemed puppy toy basket.

Now:

Your dog has a million toys. They are everywhere. You step on them all the time but picking them up and putting them away never really crosses your mind.

Then:

When your puppy is exhibiting even the slightest possibility that they might be ill, you bring them to a vet.

Now:

Unless your dog is CLEARLY in pain (i.e. pooping everywhere, vomiting everywhere etc.) you look up every possible cure online before taking them to the vet.

Then:

You buy the fantastic and expensive all natural wonderful super duper nutrient packed DOG food.

Now:

You still buy that food because changing the diet of your dog results in pooping everywhere, which could result in a vet visit. See the logic there?

Then:

You make sure that your puppy stays off the furniture because otherwise the furniture will be covered in hair, smell, AND you need to exercise some authority over the dog!

Now:

You let them sit with you on the couch because you have a heart and it forever beats for your dog!

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#reallife