We love our dogs (I mean, why else would you be reading this?), but inviting them into our homes does come with a couple of hitches. Here are some of the funny, annoying, expensive habits that come with owning a dog–along with their unending love and companionship, of course! Dog owners: can you relate?
1.There is dog hair E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. If you have a hypo-allergenic dog, you can move on to point number two. But for the rest of us, we’ve learned to expect dog hair everywhere: on our rugs, our favorite cashmere sweaters, our fancy suits and dresses, stuck to the bottoms of our socks (no matter how much you vacuum), in our beds (no matter how often you change the sheets) even in our food. Yes, that’s right. We eat dog hair.
2. Your moments of silence may be far and few between. We all know that energy level depends on the dog. Chances are, your pooch is the first one to join you for a Netflix binging session if she’s feeling calm. But for some pooches, if you skip her daily walk, she’ll be bouncing off the walls, distracting you from your movie marathon. And sometimes, when you least expect it–whether you’re watching TV, reading a book, or sleeping in the middle of the night–your dog will pick his head up, cock an ear, and start barking his snout off for no apparent reason (while startling the crap out of you). Distant sounds? Unfamiliar smells? Ghosts? Who knows.
3. You are forced to spend more time outside. The second you put on your jam-jams and slippers is the second your dog decides he needs to potty outside in the year’s biggest blizzard. These are usually the times when he decides to take 25 minutes to find the perfect place to poop. On the flip side, you always have a buddy who thinks that hiking is the best idea ever, any day of the week. Whether you love or hate the great outdoors, you certainly get more fresh air than you did before getting a dog.
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