People are always talking about how much work it takes to have a dog. You have to walk them, groom them, clean up after them.
I don’t think it’s hard work. I think we just need a way to make dog chores fun.
A Spin Doctor Makes Dog Chores Fun
Remember when used cars became pre-owned? When prunes became dried plums?
Dog chores just need their own spin doctor (or in my case, a spin nurse practitioner) to make things sound fun.
Wouldn’t you enjoy walking a dog more if you called it taking a puppy adventure?
Is picking up poop less disgusting if you call it carrying hand warmers?
Wouldn’t you rather have a mani pedi session with the girls than clip the dog’s nails?
Doesn’t being on the lookout for things that make your reactive dog explode or cower in fear sound much better when you call it commando training?
What if buffalo-choking, pet hair tumbleweeds became dog wool that will someday make a great sweater?
How about calling a late night vomit clean up a gastronomic exploration?
Why not tell people your humping dog is just showing amorous intent?
Would evacuating your dog’s anal glands be more tolerable if you called it canine dorsal massage?
Isn’t it more exciting to practice canine cuisine than it is to thaw chicken necks in the sink for raw feeding?
Wouldn’t you prefer having an intimate connection to nature to deskunking your dog?
You see what I mean, don’t you? Dog chores sound much more fun when you add the right spin.
So the next time someone asks what you’re doing for the weekend, tell them you’re going for a puppy adventure and feeling sure that a recent waste bin spelunking session will result in a late night gastronomic exploration. They’ll think having a dog sounds fun. At least until they figure out you’re taking a walk and hoping that your dog’s spreading the trash contents all over the floor doesn’t cause him to throw up in the middle of the night.
Your Turn: What terrible dog chore would you like to make more fun? Between the other S’Waggers and myself, maybe we can help you with some positive spin.