If you ask, I am sure many people would tell you that I tend to go a little overboard where my pets are concerned. (I know for sure my family would!) I tend to buy them things that I think will enrich their lives and make them happy.
I think in the case of my dogs, I wanted to make up for the bad lives they had early on. I also want them to have lives that is enriched by a wide variety of fun experiences. (What’s the fun in having a dog if you can’t enjoy the fun they have with you?)
So while I do have a logic behind what I do for my pets, I also know that I am not the norm.
After all, I …
Buy dog games for my dogs, just so they can work their brains on a cold winter’s night.
Have at least 20 tennis balls so my crazy Sheltie has plenty to play with throughout the year.
Take my dogs to a wide variety of parks so they can explore something new and different.
Hide treats in the yard so my dogs can have fun using their noses and their brains to find them.
Even placed a step stool next to my tall bed just so my dogs can come up when they want.
But this weekend I think I may have gone a little overboard (even for me). On a trip to Costco I found a dog bed that was the absolute ultimate in dog bed luxury.
How could I resist?
It contains orthopedic memory foam with cooling gel and has a plush pillow top cover. It’s softer than a baby’s bottom and it is so squish-able, in that memory foam kind of way, that even I want to lie down on it.
It’s too bad I didn’t think about the size. Hmmm… crazy? Overboard?
So, what over-the top-kind of thing have you done for your pet(s)?
Yesterday I rushed home so I could take the dogs for a walk at the dog park before dark. After a quick potty break, I loaded the dogs up into the car and headed out.
As I drove down the street on our way there, I noticed a neighbor going into his garage. He had his hand behind hid back and in it he had a Chuckit Stick and ball. I started laughing. I can SO relate. If you have a ball-obsessed dog like Jasper, you know exactly how excited they get when they see the stick and ball.
I have been known to hide his ball and Chuckit behind my back too. He gets WAY too excited when he sees it, especially when we go to the dog park where toys are allowed. It is much easier to get him inside the park before I show him the stick and ball.
I don’t know about you, but I have had to hide a few things from my dogs over the years:
- Dog treats
- Peanut butter
- People food
- Me leaving home (Cupcake carries on when I leave.)
- The water jug (Jasper likes to attack the water as I dump it out of their outdoor water dish.)
I am not above admitting that I have even snuck into the kitchen while the dogs were sleeping and quietly opened a package of treats (for me) just so my dogs don’t come running to the kitchen to see if they can grab a piece of fallen food for themselves. I don’t know if you know this, but Sheltie ears are quite good at hearing package wrapping being removed. Cupcake is definitely the queen bee in this area.
I’ve got to think I am not alone in hiding things from my dogs, so I thought I would ask you.
What do YOU hide from YOUR dogs?
For those of you who read my blog, or follow me on Facebook, you know that there are two loves in my dog Jasper’s life – sticks and balls. He has an extreme obsession with them and is relentless in letting me know it. Today, I thought I would share Jasper’s ball obsession… in pictures.