The typical day in the life of a pet parent starts early: let the dog out to go pee. If they happen to be puppies or a new dog, this can also involve following them around waiting for them to do their business in the wee hours of the morning so that you can give them praise in the hopes they won’t perform the same act in the house.
You manage to feed the dog while not spilling your coffee into their food bowl, because heaven knows the dog has enough energy first thing in the morning and should be sharing it with you.
You attempt to dress for work and let dog outside to run one more time before attempting to crate it and bolting out the door.
Where are the dog treats?
Cursing all the way to the kitchen, you throw the box in the trash and reach for lunchmeat or a cheese slice to tempt the guilty dog into crate. Finally, you lock the crate, grab your keys, and run for the door. STOP, you forgot to turn on the TV so he’ll have something to listen to while you are gone. Okay, now you head for the car. WAIT! You forgot your lunch and more coffee.
Finally out of the driveway and on to work… Yeah! You made it through another morning.
When you return home after a long day, you take a deep breath as you walk to your door. Did he escape? Is there a mess? What will you find behind that door? You slowly open the door, He is still in his crate and very happy to see you.No mess to clean up today.
As your puppy follows your every step in the kitchen, waiting for anything to fall to the floor, you go through the list of what you’re cooking so you know what he can have when it hits the floor and what you have to stop him from grabbing.
Ahhh, the dog has been fed, walked, gone outside, rewarded, and now you’re ready to relax. Now you can curl up on the couch and watch TV while your pooch plays with a toy. Nope, you are the toy. The next thing you know you’ve missed your favorite show crawling around on the floor to get the toy out from under the table or couch, playing tug or fetch, giving belly rubs, cleaning ears, clipping toenails, or putting the stuffing back into his favorite toy.
Finally, you hit the couch for some TV for real this time and he curls up next to you in a ball and falls asleep. And you realize there is nothing better than a sleeping dog. How could you not love the little guy? And then he farts.