14 July 2008

Fess up time

Judging from the comments to my last post, it’s pretty clear to me that there are plenty of us out there in thrall to our pampered pooches. I speak as one who bought a motorhome (pictured) to ferry her hounds round on holiday and then bought a bigger one because it wasn’t quite to our, er... their collective taste. Come to think of it, we also bought a bigger house because of them! And of course, we’ve said goodbye to exotic holidays (no loss really, much prefer going to Stoke on Trent and Birmingham), romantic weekends sans chiens (we won’t kennel our lot), long lie-ins (someone always woofs us out of bed eventually), an economical car (have you see the new tax rates for people/dog carriers?), clean floors (twenty dirty paws!), 10-hour cruises (I wish!), normal pockets (not stuffed with poo bags), personal decorum (wiggling through a hedge on my belly to retrieve an escapee) and relaxing walks (without five snouts continually poking their noses where they don't belong).


Of course, we are also considerably poorer financially – beds, house collars, walking collars, fleecy coats, waterproof coats, winter coats, one set for the house, one set for the boat, one set for the motorhome, soft toys, pigs’ ears, Frontline, Drontal, Pet Passports, Champagne, caviar....But the huge upside is we are very much richer in terms of mental, emotional and physical well-being, courtesy of the special relationship we enjoy with our hounds. I’m sure that’s something that every dog owner identifies with....So come on, spill the beans. What’s the biggest sacrifice you’ve made for your mutt? What has been your greatest dog indulgence? Fess up, I know you want to.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The comment box isn't half big enough to list all the luxuries! What people comment on most is the fact that we take two sheepskins to the pub with us for Blue and Lou to lie on (they don't do hard floors!). Of course, I'll spend this afternoon cooking prime chicken, fish and rice. Lou pierced her foot right through with a piece of wood (yuk!) on this morning's walk. She's being stitched up and will need a light diet for the next day or so......
Sue, Indigo Dream

Lesley and Joe K said...

TIME. Yep, I think is definately TIME. No matter what time we are, (Were now, sorry) starting work, the dog or dogs got a walk first- whatever the season, whatever the weather, whatever the time of day. As soon a we got in, the dogs were taken fot their 2nd walk. At least a couple of hours a day, everyday we are out exercising the boys. We have fitted our lives around the 'responibility' we have taken on. Like others, we rarely go abroad now. We bought a large caravan for the first time two years ago to facilitate taking the dogs on holiday with us! We are a family unit and we get enormous joy from sharing our lives with Fletcher and Floyd as we used get the same joy from Samuel and Mac, their predecessors.
NB Caxton

Dogsontour by Greygal said...

You both pretty sum up what dog ownership is all about! That they are an integral - and much loved, much spoilt! - part of the family. I don't think I could ever be without at least one now...