Dogs + Rules = what happened?

Kathleen’s post on the rules they’ve set and broken for Shiva is hilarious.  I tried to comment but the comment form hates me so I’m sharing here.

What rules have we set and broken?

We’ve mostly been pretty good about this because when you give Huffle an inch, he runs around the block, up the stairs and into his crate with it.

1. No begging.

Huffle’s only allowed to sniff up near the surface of the table but he’s not allowed to touch anything ON a table (or most surfaces really, since I’ll set my glass down on anything). As a result, I’ve actually left a turkey leg on the coffee table well within his reach, and he didn’t even look at it. But that’s not to say we don’t bend the rules for the sake of cuteness.

2. No dogs on the furniture.

This is a serious no-no. But it’s a whole other story when a) someone makes too much noise in which case he heads straight for the corner of the sofa (more cushions = better), or b) he’s at his ‘sitter’s. He’s an even more pampered pup there, he gets to sleep in their bed!

3. No people food.

I know the perils of dogs and people food: first it’s a game, then it’s “just sharing”, then suddenly you’re cooking for your dog every night, before your dinner’s started, serving it no later than 6 pm lest the wee dog break your doors in his fury.

Someone made the mistake of letting him having some cereal several months ago. He decided cereal was just kibble in a box and should be shared with him. Try pulling out a box of cereal when he’s awake, he’ll come runnin!

But HE has rules! (so listen up)


1. Medications: don’t hold out!

Huffle’s learned to like treats since moving in with us, but there’s nothing, and I mean nothing, that gets his hips moving like the rattle of a jar of pills. It took weeks to train him out of coming running for my meds.

2. Greenies are for after 6 pm.

Hand him his Greenie any time before 6 pm, and he’ll either drop it on your foot or leave it on his blanket for storage until it’s time. (What is it with my dogs and 6 pm?)

3. 1 stuffy = 1 walk.

If he offers you a toy, it means he’s paying you for a walk. Pick up that leash and get on with it!

I know we’re not the only ones who are mostly wrapped around their dog’s (or other furry friend!) paws!

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