I have to start off by saying that I am and have always been a total dog lover. I have been obsessed with dogs for as long as I can remember. When I was old enough to pick out my own bedroom comforter, I searched high and low to find one with dogs on it. And I did eventually find one. It was tan and red plaid with various breeds of dogs on it. I wish I had a picture. I bet you all wish I had a picture too so you can see the beauty for yourselves. I sure loved that comforter.
When Chris and I first started dating, I would point out every dog I saw to him. He called it my “dog-dar” (instead of radar) because if there was a dog nearby I would always sense it.
So, I’ve decided to embrace my obsession and start a series called Furbaby Friday. Today’s topic: Five Confessions of a Crazy Dog Mom
I remember dog’s names better than I remember people’s
When Chris and I lived in California (we moved to Texas last April) we lived in a townhouse community. Since we did not have a yard, we walked our dog Lyssa several times a day and we tended to see the same people most of the time. I came to know all of the dogs in our neighborhood and I could tell you all of their names but… For the life of me, I could never remember their owner’s names… Is that terrible? I remember dog names but not people names.
Dog Themed Wedding
When we started planning our wedding, I knew right away that I wanted to have a “subtle” dog theme. What better way to feature our furbaby Lyssa than to have a picture of her as part of the centerpieces? That way every guest could see her beautiful face. She was also featured in our seating chart and card box. It took a lot of self control for me to not go “dog wild” with Lyssa decor at our wedding.
“Wedding” Pictures With Our Dog
Speaking of wedding, I also really wanted to take “after wedding” pictures with Lyssa since she couldn’t be there with us when we said our vows. So a few weeks after we got married, Chris went along with my crazy idea and we got dressed up in our wedding best to snap a few pictures with Lyssa. Didn’t they turn out so cute? It was well worth the stares we got as cars drove by while we were taking pictures.
After Meals Timeout
Not too long after our wedding, Chris and I bought a house and adopted another dog named Levi. Him and Lyssa are both large breed dogs and I have heard big dogs can get stomach bloat if they eat and then run around immediately afterward. Since I’m super paranoid, I put the cover on our doggie door for 30 minutes after every meal so the dogs are forced to stay inside. Chris calls these “pool rules” which makes me laugh. I don’t know if it actually prevents stomach bloat, but it gives me peace of mind. Does that make me crazy?
Celebrating Every Dog Milestone
I am definitely one of those people that celebrates every dog milestone and brags about them all over social media. Every year on their birthdays, Lyssa and Levi get a special post dedicated to them. Same with their adoption-versary. I know exactly what day of the year both dogs came home with us and I brag about it when it rolls around. Those were great days! But lets be honest, the dogs are all over my Facebook and Instagram even on days that don’t have a special significance. Just because I love them so much.
I Give Up My Own Comfort For Theirs
This one probably goes without saying, but I’ll confess anyways. I give up my own comfort to make sure our dogs are comfortable. The four of us (me, Chris, Lyssa, and Levi) attempt to share a queen bed every night. Most of the time, the dogs beat me to bed and leave a few square inches of space for me. Rather than make them move, I squeeze into a tiny space in bed and convince myself I’m comfortable. Because what kind of dog mom would I be if I made them sleep on the floor?
If anyone had any doubt that I am a crazy dog mom, I’m sure I’ve put that to rest. Our dogs are truly members of our family and I love them like they are our children. And they are, for the time being!