Lessons Learned (or How to Survive Having a Dog)

Dogs are cute, playful, lovable, and loyal!  We hear about how animals can improve a person’s mood and health, encourage people to exercise more, and increase your socializing.  There’s nothing quite like the love of a dog.  As soon as I walk in the door and see Suki’s excitement at me being home, I forget any bad things that have happened that day.  She brings unbelievable joy to my life.  She’s just a perfect little fur baby!

Then I forget to close the bathroom door and receive a dose of reality:


It’s a doggie scavenger hunt!

 Now this is completely my fault.  I know she likes to express her dislike of me leaving sometimes and only with this particular trash can.  I know better than to not close the door.  This latest garbage expression got me to thinking about the lessons we learn from our dogs or cats.  I’ve learned (well most of the time) to shut the master bathroom door.  For whatever reason, Suki has a special affinity for this trash can.

I know what I want is in this trashcan somewhere.

I know what I want is in this trashcan somewhere.

The Sunday paper presents a weekly battle I like to call Suki vs. The Paper.  I only receive the Sunday paper, so I’m only asking for 30 minutes, 1 day a week of peace to read it.  Suki has other ideas.   I can read books or magazine without issue, but for whatever reason the paper has become her nemesis.  As soon as I get it out, she pounces on it and won’t move!


Nothing in here you need to see.

I also learned to warn any friends watching Suki to never leave a can of dog food within her reach with the lid opened…ever!   My friend was watching her while I was on vacation, and left the room for a few minutes to check on her baby.  Suki seized the opportunity!  She took the can off the desk and “opened” it herself.  Guess she was tired of waiting.  She suffered a minor cut to her paw which healed fine.  We’re very lucky she didn’t sustain more severe injuries.

chewed can

Another valuable lesson learned:  Suki is a pig and will eat anything…including the bottom of a hot/cold insulated bag.  I mean really?   Mental note: make sure pantry door is fully closed from now on.

suki and bag

Mouse traps (hoarder neighbors, don’t ask) are ok…mouse traps with peanut butter (Suki’s fav) as bait are BAD!  Suki is a peanut butter junkie!  Not even tightly shut bait doors can stop here. The traps were in different places when I left.  This is want I came home to:

What?  I had a mid-day snack.

What? I had a mid-day snack.

I have learned over and over and over that my pillow is community property.  Now mind you, there are 2 pillows on the bed, so Suki could have her own if wanted.  Nope, always lies on mine. If I switch pillows, she switches.  I’ve just learned to sleep “cozy” with her.  LOL. She’s a little cuddle bug….and I love it!

suki on pillow

What lessons have you learned as a pet parent?


Posted on January 24, 2013, in Motley Mix and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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