Do You Own A Dog?
If you have a dog, you don’t have to think too hard on this one. Every dog owner knows the answer of why dogs bring so much happiness into our lives. Sure, they are a lot of work, but being a dog owner you don’t consider it work because of the unconditional love they give us. The way that they rely on us for everything, from taking them outside, to grooming them, to feeding them and everything else we do for them, they rely on us, their owner to take care of their needs on a daily basis. But there are things that they do that make everything worth it:
The Things That They Do
Ever look across the room to see your dog napping in such a cute manner? Well, this happens on a daily basis here, as Nikita naps on one couch that we allow her on, and she knows that is the “only” piece of furniture that she is allowed on. She sprawls out on this couch in such a cute manner, rolls over and falls asleep on her back with her feet sticking straight up in the air – ah, the cuteness of owning a dog.
How about the look she gets in her face when she see’s you arriving home and her whole body shakes with joy to see you, along with the whirlwind of her tail wagging like a propeller. The unconditional love she gives us is overwhelming and it makes the bad days we have diminish quickly.
How about the “look” they give you when they want a t-r-e-a-t? Oh, that look is priceless, as they start to drool when you take too long to get the treat jar open, as they sit and stare at the jar watching every movement you make until that treat is in their mouth.
The adorable mannerisms they have, although we are unsure as to how they get them, but somehow, while they are growing up, they start doing things and then they just “stick” with them. For example, Nikita always begs for treats immediately right after dinner, and runs over to Daddy to get her snack, then she runs for her ball and “boops” you with it as to say “Let’s Play”. After time has passed with the booping, she is ready to give you the ball, and we throw it down the hallway, but before she gets to the hallway, she has to “jump” over the couch corner first. We laugh every time she does this, and once again, not sure as to how she started this, but no matter what….it cracks us up every time.
Snuggle Time is every night before we fall asleep, as she crawls up in between us for her night time affection with lots of belly rubs from us. This time is so precious to us and so meaningful as we get lots of wet doggie kisses back!
The Sandwich – I bet everyone has heard of a sandwich, but it is NOT what you are thinking. A sandwich to us happens every morning before Daddy heads off to work. All we have to do is say “Sandwich” and Nikita runs toward Daddy and jumps up on him with her paws stretched out almost reaching his shoulders, then Mommy completes the sandwich by hugging everyone. Unconditional tail wags are endless when we “Sandwich”. You should try sandwiching yourself today!
The Room Changer – This is what we call it when we change rooms, the dog follows and plops down right by you. When it gets to that time of day when I have to start dinner, I head on over to the kitchen and Nikita follows right behind me, bringing a toy with her of course. She knows that when I am preparing dinner, it is almost time for Daddy to come home, and she watches by the front window for his car. Then, once she see’s Daddy pulling in, she runs to the back door to get a glimpse of him driving by to the garage – the excitement runs rampant and she cannot control her happiness and when she sees Daddy walking in the door – she cannot hold in her excitement as she greets Daddy with snuggles and kisses. Ah, the perfect welcome home from a long day!
The Talented Multi-Toy Player – Nikita has about 40 stuffed toys now, and she plays with each and every one of them. Her stuffed round toy balls are probably her favorites, but other than that, she gives equal play time to each one. We have a bunch of toys piled up at the end of the bed for her to rest her head on every night, but even still, she grabs yet another one (or two) and adds to her pile every night when she comes to bed. And, she is pretty talented too, as she can have one toy in her mouth, while she pushes another one on the floor, I guess she can’t decide which one to play with. We can even wake up a few mornings and find a bunch of her toys laying around all over the floor, so she must have been playing at night while we were sleeping. It’s funny what dogs do, eh?
The Neighborhood Watch Dog – Nikita knows what’s going on in the neighborhood, and she knows what does not belong. From a bag or cup blowing down the road (she barks at) to the Staples delivery guy, she knows that they do not belong and she alerts me with a bark. One day, while I was painting, I laid a clean paint brush on top of the garbage can and when she noticed it, she just stood there in the kitchen staring at it and growling with her hair standing up. I walked in to see what was going on and I asked her what was wrong, and she kept growling, thinking how cute this was, until I remembered that I had the back door open, so my “how cute” quickly turned into a small fear that perhaps someone walked in without me knowing, so I checked it out. As it turned out, she was alerting me to the paint brush, and that was it, nothing else. She knew that it did not belong and it bugged her. Silly dog, but an alert dog!
All in all, having a dog makes everything better. Your schedule can be fixed, you will always find time, and the somewhat inconveniences we fall into seem like nothing at all when you own a dog. The love you receive from a dog makes the heart happy and refreshes your soul.
We love you Nikita – Love, Mommy & Daddy