I’ve only known dogs since I came home from the hospital a week after birth. (Once upon a time, new mothers stayed in the hospital a while to adjust to the new wee one for which they must learn to care for every minute of every day.) Due to these years of experience with hounds, I make this list of the things I know of doggie roommates to help future roomies.
- Their eyes will get to you. These eyes will entice to you feed them treats, give them pets, let them in, let them out, let them in, and, in general, do their bidding.
- They are resilient. They do get hurt, they can get well, but no one knows forgiveness like a dog.
- They are never full. Well, they are full, but they will never stop letting you know that a little bit more here, and a smidge of that over there, would make them happy.
- Their love is unconditional. This is a responsibility you have to love them back with as much adoration and enthusiasm. So it’s out of love that you don’t provide all of the treats requested. And they will forgive you for not doing their bidding.
- Tail wagging is good.
- Showing their teeth is bad.
- Walks are the best!