We understand – our dogs are a part of our family. But has it gone too far when you lose yourself and you spoil your dog more than your own children? Here are a few quick ways to determine who is in charge of your life: you or your dog.
First, think about your sleeping habits. Do you wake up balled up in the corner of your bed and find your pet sprawled out in the middle of the mattress, hogging all the sheets and the best pillows? If so, that’s a problem. While it’s fine to let your dog spoon you at night, you probably shouldn’t sacrifice your own beauty rest for theirs.
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Second, let’s take a look at your eating patterns. Do you have such tremendous guilt for eating a delicious meal in front of your dog that you move to another location to avoid eye contact? It sounds like you might be the person fixing a separate little plate for your dog on Thanksgiving (cranberry sauce included).
Now let’s talk about your day-to-day schedule in general. How many times a day do you find yourself opening and closing the door because your dog feels like going outside? He might have to pee, he might want to chase a bug, he might want to eat grass and poop it out later, he might have seen his own reflection, etc. Regardless of the reason, you will stop what you’re doing and jump up to let your dog out whenever he wants.
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Next, think about your social media. What percentage of the photos you post are only of your dog? We love a good dog photo, but do you do anything else? Also, how much time do you spend debating over which filter makes your dog look best? Here’s a quick tip: unless your dog is incredibly cute or incredibly ugly, you probably won’t get famous from your pet on Instagram.
Have you ever passed on a vacation? Have you ever passed on a vacation with all expenses paid? Have you ever passed on a free vacation in a private beach house in an exotic place with all of your best friends? If you answered any of these questions ‘yes’ because of your dog, then it is confirmed: your dog rules your life. There’s no excuse – there are many people and places that will gladly watch your dog and take great care of him or her. If parents of kids can go on vacation, then parents of dogs can too!
So, do you rule your life, or does your dog? Tell us in the comments below!