Before the dogs..
I get to go to the salon 2-3 times per year. Either to get a new hairstyle or new hair color (high lights, etc..)
I can visit my family who lives outside the city and stay overnight or for the weekend.
I can go out anytime I want. Leave in the morning and come back at midnight.
I can sleep in for as long as I want.
I always have money to buy anything I want and desire. The word "window shopping" never existed in my vocabulary. I see it, I want it, I BUY IT.
I never had to worry about leaving "newly" baked foods or any kind of food on the counter.
I never had to keep the bathroom door closed, or the toilet lid down.
I can drag my feet when walking on our wooden floor anytime I want.
I can say the word BUNNY, RABBIT, KITTY, CAT and WALK without having to SPELL THEM OUT.
Spring cleaning meant cleaning my closet.
I can eat a bag of popcorn. ALL BY MYSELF.
My pockets contain keys/coins. My purse contains make up, wallet, a small bottle of cologne and my celfone.
I had privacy.
After the dogs...
My hairdresser sends "how are you card" which translates to "when are you coming back?"
I can't stay overnight at my relative's place. Not because the dogs need company. BUT BECAUSE I DONT WANT TO MISS THEM.
I have to schedule everything, making sure that "everything" else that needs to be done will not interfere with the dogs vet check up. Dogs are the top priorities. Everything else can be re-scheduled.
I am awake by 6am. Cain wakes up at 6am every morning and its pointless to stay in bed when a restless dog is making all sorts of noises just so I can let him out.
When I see something I want I contemplate on buying it. Unless its for the dogs. If its for myself, I need to check my bank account and see if after everything else I need to buy for the house and the dogs (food.. etc..) I will still have a few bucks to spare to get me that "really nice outfit." WINDOW SHOPPING is my favorite past time. I SEE IT, I DREAM OF BUYING IT.
I always have to check if there's any food on the counter that ABEL might be interested to eat.
The bathroom door is always closed. I happen to have dogs who eat toilet paper for snacks.
I always have to walk like a NINJA. Because I dont want to wake up the dogs who are napping on the floor.
I am now an expert at spelling words in hopes that the dogs wont understand what I am trying to say to DH. Any accindental mention of the word "BUNNY" leads to a pair of dogs searching the entire house for one.
Spring cleaning means cleaning up thawing poop in the yard. Grossest day of the year.
Eating popcorn means I will have to share. I dont mind this so much. I love sharing popcorn with my crew. =)
My pockets contain kibbles, dog treats and poop bags. I remember the look the cashier gave me once when i handed her coins mixed with a few kibbles. My purse contains poop bags, small dog toys, some treats, kibbles and camera (THIS IS A MUST-HAVE!)
I dont even know what this word means anymore.
BUT THE THING THAT I LOVED MOST ABOUT HAVING THE DOGS..
They made us happier, healthier and nicer people. I cant imagine going back to the days BEFORE we had them. This thread made me realize how boring my life used to be. Now, everyday is exciting. I get to go to places I never knew existed. I know every dog parks in our city. I know every rescue and shelter. Walking was never this fun before. The dogs are the perfect excuse when we want to leave a boring party. "We have to go, the dogs need to be let out.. fed.. etc.." Or not go to a place BECAUSE NO ONE can look after the dogs. (One of my favorite excuse!)
oh, and one more thing..
I got to join the coolest forum (for me!) in the world. Where I can learn more about raising dogs, training dogs and a place when I can vent about my frustrations. The dogs enabled me to meet alot of amazing people here. People I wont be able to meet if NOT for the dogs.
So thank you CAIN, ABEL & XENA. The three of you definitely add life to my otherwise boring existence.