Sunday, March 20, 2011

The things we do for our dogs...

[Addition] I posted the same entry in my other blog, but I wanted to talk about the departure of my foster dog, Memphis here, too.  It sounds like he's doing really well in his new home!  Of course, it's always sad to see a foster go, but it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I was dreading the moment he left... but it went a lot more smoothly than I figured it would.  My dogs seem confused as to where Memphis went... but nobody is taking it too hard.  Oh, oh, oh!  Lyla graduated from basic obedience training today!  Yay!  Anyway, I'm ready for the next foster to come my way.  It always seems weird when it's only "my" dogs.

I wasn't sure which blog to post this in... so I decided to post it in both.  I'm compiling a list of "the things we do for our dogs"... so be prepared for additions... because something always comes up!

1. I prop my door to the backyard open so the dogs can go in and out as they please... even if it means me freezing my butt off.

1.5. I sweat my butt off at night surrounded by dogs just so I don't disturb their rest.  It gets hot when you're surrounded by a bunch of heaters (dogs).

2. I avoid going out of town just so I don't have to leave them.  I still haven't brought myself to trust a petsitter or a boarding facility.

3. I go to the pet store to buy dog food with what money I have left rather than going to the grocery store to by myself food.  The dogs certainly come before I do!

4. I up my power bill by leaving the television on Animal Planet for my dogs when I'm gone.

5. I come home to chewed up paper towels, toilet paper, plastic containers, mail, blankets, etc. because I feel like crating a dog for 5+ hours just isn't "right".  Logically, I know it's not a bad idea, but I'd rather clean up shredded toilet paper than keep my dog cooped up for 5+ hours in a crate during the day.  Side Note: I always worry that something will happen... and I won't be able to get home for a long time.  I'd rather them piss and shit in the house and have access to water than go without!  (I don't disagree with crate training.  I'm just a softy.  I KNOW my pup and 2-year-old would benefit from it... but I still can't bring myself to crate them.)

6. I treat my foster dogs to a "going away meal" of Burger King hamburgers!

More to be added as things I do for my dogs comes up.

Peace, Love, & Paw Prints


  1. I don't crate G when I leave for work but I do keep him cordoned off to only the kitchen.

    I figure IF he's going to destroy something or potty, it's limited to one room.

  2. Haha, Rebecca, that's how I feel. I block mine off so they can only be in the kitchen and living room. The rest of the doors to the bedroom and spare rooms stay closed!