One of those people

As I was driving home this morning, I reached down to scratch my dog around her ears, and realized that it was official. I have turned into one of THOSE people. The kind of people who let their dog sleep in their bedroom. Bring them along on errands in the car. Let them in and out of the house multiple times each day. The kind of people I never really understood.

I’m not sure exactly how it happened. This is our third dog, after all. The other two survived fine sleeping outdoors, rarely coming inside, and setting foot in the van only when we were going on trips. But this little gal? She is a little more needy than the others.  My instinct is that she needs just a little more people-time to grow up to be a good dog instead of a barks-endlessly-in-a-pen kinda critter.

Here’s the thing that has surprised me about all this. Maybe this is partly because of where I am in life, with kids getting bigger and no baby in the house, but most of the time I really enjoy having her around.  It is fun to have a dog to pet in the house, and in the car.  When my alarm goes off in the morning and she puts her paws on the edge of the bed to greet me, it makes me smile.  (And making me smile first thing in the morning is no easy feat in the morning, just ask my hubby.)

Not that an inside dog is a picnic.  I’ve shampooed the carpet twice.  And her hyper energy and barking at some moments is exhausting.  But as she grows up and her baby exuberance tones down more, I’m guessing it will get easier.  And even now in her puppy days, the positive outweighs the negative.

Funny how your views on things can change during life.  And how the good on the ‘other’ side can surprise you.


  1. I think having a pet in the house is a good thing. And I’m guessing you think the same now.

  2. Ah, welcome to our world, Mary! God’s creatures are wonderful gifts to us, although not all of them should live in the house. 😉

  3. LOL, I see dogs in the car all the time around here – one of the features of living in a college town with a major national vet school. In fact, dogs in cars are so common, I’ve seen more than one bank have a dog treats jar next to the lollipop jar at the drive-through! 😀

  4. I have to smile..we have yet to take the dog with us on trips to town. (always worry about leaving in car when I run in someplace) but 2 of our dogs camp with us and travel with us. And the last one that did was a 90plus pound german shephard. I love having the dogs with us..hubby on the other hand does not love it so much. 🙂 But he is the one that won’t leave them behind! 🙂

  5. our two dogs are so precious to us, and they definitely sleep in the bedroom (not on the bed) and get let in and out a zillion times a day! we have been praying for kids for forever (to no avail), and sometimes i think people think we are dog-overload, but i saw a bumper sticker yesterday that i need to get: “Yes, it just so happens that my dogs DO rule the universe!” haha 🙂

  6. Remember, dogs are people, too. My three dogs live in the house. Until I had to have my springer spaniel put down in September, it was four dogs. Love them like kids.

  7. Oh how I can relate…..I said I would NEVER have an indoor pet. I have three boys, why invite more mess into the house? Then my oldest left for college *sigh* and a friend called and offered me a free beagle puppy. The puppy has officially taken over and sleeps in our bedroom. My husband actually puts her in bed with us each morning after the alarm clock goes off…

  8. I am one of those people, too. When my husband is deployed, my good old dog is like having another grown-up in the house. Just having her curled up at my feet makes me feel more like things are right in the world. I am glad for your lucky pup.

  9. Funny, I just blogged about a similar topic with the same blog title. Mine was along the lines of putting your dog in outfits. Yeah, I was suddenly one of “those people”. So I understand : )