If your dog is a member of your family, then a few of these may sounds very familiar to you. Or maybe even all 20! Our guest blogger, Colleen Fitzpatrick is a former dog groomer (more info below) and shares her 20 pet secrets. Be sure to leave your confessions below in the comments and then check out our shop by breed section here
- I have let my dog get rid of the occasional unwanted house guest by letting him jump on them. It’s not nice but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
- While out on a walk with my dog, I have pretended not to notice the little bugger pooping if I forgot to bring a poop bag with me. I would just stop and tie my shoe ahead of him and then walk away really fast when I knew he was done. If someone were to stop me, I would act shocked and disappointed. (I know, I’m terrible.)
- I always allowed my dog to bark at door to door salesman. I’ve seen way too many crime shows to let anyone I don’t know in my house.
- When I had more than one dog, I played favorites.
- When I was “between dogs”, I used my fictional dog Misty to get myself out of first dates that weren’t going well. My excuse that I had cut the date short was because the poor thing couldn’t be left alone for more than five hours at a time due to her Type-2 diabetes. Is it weird that I miss her?
- I have made my dog wear hats for my amusement.
- I have taken my dog on extra long walks as a way to say thank you for cleaning the floor after my babies made a mess at meal time. Pureed chicken and apples were a crowd favorite.
- I always include my dog on my holiday shopping list.
- I have also told my dog “Just give me 5 more minutes” knowing full well that they have no concept of time.
- When I have been away from home for more than a day, I have made my husband put the dog on the phone because I missed the little bugger. The odd thing is that I would always end the conversation before my husband got back on the line to say goodbye.
- I have put a child’s polo shirt on my dog when it was cold in the house. I always insist on popping the collar though - makes it look more legit.
- I have riled up my dog on purpose and set him loose on my sleeping husband to get him to wake up.
- I have made my dog bark as if someone was at the front door so I could end a boring phone call.
- I have made my dog wear hats for my amusement… a lot.
- I have told my husband and my kids that the dog wasn’t allowed on the bed but as soon as they were gone, I would let him if I was too tired to say no.
- I became a dog groomer because I like dogs more than I like most people.
- I have tucked my dog in at night.
- I have left both the TV and the lights on in the house so my dog wouldn’t get scared if I got home late.
- When my kids were little and about to get into something, I’d correct them like I would a puppy with a quick and sharp “aaah”. It worked more often than it didn’t. I regret nothing.
- When we had to put my dog Rocco down, I made a pin with his picture on it. I wore it for two years under my coat and over my heart. I never wore it on the outside because I didn’t want to get made fun of or hear someone tell me to get over it because it’s just a dog. It’s never just a dog.
About Our Guest Blogger
Colleen Fitzpatrick is a former dog groomer turned writer from Upstate New York. She loves all dogs but is particularly fond of basset hounds. She is passionate about animal rescue and hopes to foster dogs once her children are a bit older.