Because of my dog, I do the craziest things. This is the short list.
If I Didn’t Have a Dog, I’d Never…
Keep stinky treats in the bathroom
Let’s face it. I don’t need to give my husband bits of dehydrated chicken to convince him to take a bath or clip his toenails. At least not lately.
Wash my hands after getting out of the shower
I bet people without dogs don’t have hands that look like fuzzy lollipops in a lint factory after putting on their bathrobe and wrapping their hair in a towel. And I’m sure they’ve never perfected the scream of pain that accompanies putting your contact lenses in with dog hair covered fingers.
Read dog blogs
I’d find a new obsession that takes hours of my life. Although I bet it wouldn’t be nearly as cute.
Save old sheets
It would never occur to me to cover the seats in a rental car or the couch during a particularly muddy spring.
Pick outdoor seating at a restaurant on a day cold enough to make me shiver
Imagine if a restaurant welcomed you with any friend you ask to join you?
Bring a camera every time I step outdoors
Take pictures of trees? Waterfalls? People?
Fill every coat pocket with small plastic bags and tiny bits of biscuit
And I’d find far less interesting things left behind in my washing machine.
Visit the backyard of my city home in my robe and slippers early in the morning and late at night
I don’t know who would be more relieved: me or my neighbors.
Take a walk, every day, no matter what the weather
Heck, those cookie calories are welcome to stay on my butt a few extra days if it’s raining out.
Enjoy sitting quietly on my front steps watching the world go by
Because some things just aren’t as much fun without a dog by your side to share them with.
Your Turn: What would you stop doing if you didn’t have a dog?