Owning a dog isn’t really “owning” at all. It’s more like you’re adopting a child. A small(or large) furry child whose love for you is endless. There are some things that non – dog owners don’t really understand. Things that you may giggle about to yourself after a long hike with your pooch, or your friends may look at you side eyed like you are out of your mind. But we don’t care. We love our pups! Here are 15 things only dog owners with truly understand….
1. Your Dog is Your Child:
Some people dress their dogs in dresses, others go as far as to put them in shoes… and other people think they are out of their minds. But I am guilty…when my little chihuahuas shiver, I put them in their sweaters. When we are going out on a walk, I put my little girl in her adorable striped dress. Like I said, they are our children!
2. Your Dog is Always Welcome in Your Bed:
When I first moved in with my fiancée, we let my dog Nilly sleep in our bed. Once time went on, he no longer wanted to let him because he took up too much space and started sneaking out to take a dump on the carpet every night. So, we bought him a kennel. But every now and then when my fiancé leaves, or I’m taking a midday nap, I welcome my pooches up onto the bed. Some people think its not hygienic and they shouldn’t be allowed on the furniture at all, but I love them, they are always welcome.
3. Small Dogs (Specifically Chihuahuas) Suck at Hiking:
Some dogs are awesome on hikes; they run, they enjoy, they never stop until the end. My dogs however, being 13 lbs combined, run up the hill like they are ready for action!!..then turn to me to pick them up. And of course I pick them up because referring to number 1, they are my babies. You have definitely seen that girl trudging up the hill with her 2 lb Chihuahua in hand laughing at how hilariously adorable it all was.
4. When They’re Excited to See You They Might Just Piss Themselves:
My little chihuahua pisses herself sometimes when she has a full bladder and she’s ecstatic that I’m home. She jumps, barks, wags her tail… then leaves a nice gold stream for me to clean up down the hallway.
5. Small Dogs are Territorial:
I have 2 chihuahuas. The male chihuhahua is very territorial. If he is sleeping on my lap and my fiancé comes over to kiss me; he barks, growls, and shows his teeth. The small girl chihuahua has started picking up on this as well, nipping at his nose whenever he comes near.
6. If They’re Sleeping On You You Cannot Move:
You know the secret rule that if your dog is sleeping on your lap, you can’t move. They’re so cute and quiet, you just cannot disturb them!
7. Your Dog Does the Cutest Thing, But the Minute You Grab the Camera They Stop:
This happens to me all the time! Whenever my dogs do something super adorable, I run to get my camera and when I come back they’re either gone, or licking their genitals.
8. Dogs Are Incredibly Smart:
People say that dogs don’t understand when they have done something wrong…but I have seen my guilt ridden pooch skulking out of my bedroom, only to find a pair of underwear chewed up. Dogs are smarter than you think!
9. Dogs are the Best Boyfriends/Girlfriends:
My dogs are ALWAYS happy to see me, they don’t talk back, and I am the reason their world goes round. If that isn’t love, and true love at that, I don’t know what is! 😉 If we don’t treat them like our children, we are basically in a monogamous relationship together! We feel bad if we smell like another dog and ours go on a sniffing frenzy!
10. They Will Love you Until the End of Time:
You are the biggest part of your pooches life, and they should be a big part of yours as well! You are probably one of the only things they look forward to everyday, so love that pooch of yours! The only marks you should be putting on them are kisses!
11. Your Seat is Never Safe:
You know, the second you get up to go the restroom that hairy butt will be planted right in the warmth of your buttock impression. The cat might migrate over to join the dog too, so it’s twice as hard to get your seat back.
12. You Know You Shouldn’t, But You Feel Bad For Not Giving Your Dog a Piece of Food:
I don’t like feeding my dogs table scraps because I think it messes up their digestion, but when they look at me with longing, sad eyes… I almost feel guilty for not allowing them the enjoyment of my perfect steak.
13. You Feel Guilty When You Go Out of Town and They Can’t Come With:
That sinking feeling in your stomach when you know you’re going out of town and they have to stay with your parents is the worst. You know when you get back they play hard to get and hold a grudge for awhile, and this feeling almost makes you second guess your travel plans.
14. Your Dog is the Most Hilarious Creature On the Planet:
I find myself cracking up multiple times a day at my comedically inclined pets. I’m sure I think they’re funnier than anyone else ever would, but thats what makes our relationship special.
15. That Terrible Feeling That No Matter What, You Will Probably Outlive Your Beloved Pet:
Enjoy every moment you spend with that beautiful creature, because we will most likely outlive them! And although you will never find a dog that is as amazing as the one you have grown to love now, there are many dogs up for adoption that would be happy to take their place once that time comes.