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I sleep in bed with my human every night. I love his touches and his sweet voice as he whispers “good night” to me each and every night. If I’m cold, I snuggle up next to him. We get up at 6:00 or 7:00 am each day, depending on whether the boys are at our house or at their mothers.
Dogs like consistency and schedules so when my humans were divorced, this put stress in my life. A new home, new neighborhood, new neighbors, and a stressed out human are all stressors I had to adjust to. At first I had accidents in the new home due to the stress. Thankfully my human is a dog trainer and knows about these things, so he wasn’t mad.
I knew it was up to me to help my human adjust as well, so I would lay on him when he was struggling emotionally. I could feel that I helped him, and as time went by, my human became happy again. Time does heal.
So, back to my morning routine. My human gets up and I am soon to follow. I have to pee really bad, but my human seems to think making coffee is more important. I wait patiently at the door and then walk into the living room and stare, hoping we will make eye contact. If he doesn’t move any faster, I am going to pee on the floor.
Oh great, eye contact! Then I hear, “Do you want to go outdoors?” Like it’s a trick question.
Hell yea you know I do as I run to the door. He opens the door and I run outside. There is no time to sniff around. Instead, I immediately pee – man that feel good. Ok, that’s done so now it’s time to scan my ‘hood. No joggers – check. No one lurking in the bushes – check. Time to sniff.
Nice! A rabbit was here last night, I need to follow the scent. Crap, it goes past the invisible fence line and I cannot go any further. What else we got? Worms, possum, birds – I’m hungry. It’s time to eat breakfast.
I go to the door and scratch on it until the door opens, then I look up at human and wait for permission to enter. “Come on,” I finally hear and I enter the house.
Human sits on the couch, drinks coffee, and looks at his device. I nudge his hand with my nose and try to make eye contact. Human scratches my head – wow that feels good, not what I wanted but I will always take any free “feel good” stuff. I reposition and now my butt is getting scratches. My tail arches. “oh that feels good.”
Human says, “ok that’s it” which means he is all done petting. I nudge again and try to make eye contact since it’s time to eat. Human makes eye contact, yes! No. Instead I hear, “go lay down. Its only 6:30am its not time yet.” Crap, I go and lay down.
Minutes seem like hours, I try again and again he denies me. I am going to die if I don’t eat soon, I just know it.
Finally 7:00 am arrives and human says, “want to eat?’” For crying out loud that is what I have been trying to tell you for 45 minutes! I get very hyper and start play bowing barking and running around the house. Human prepares my food and sets it down. I am required to sit and stare at human while my bowl of food sit right in front of me. This is a stupid exercise. But, I stare until Human says “free” and then I am allowed to eat. “Free” never comes soon enough.
With my tummy full, I lay at my masters feet until my human showers, puts on shorts and a t-shirt and leaves the house. This is my time to nap. I nap all day, until human returns home. He will always be sweaty and I love licking the salty sweat from his skin.
Sometimes, Human showers, gets dressed, and asks, “Do you want to go to work?” I fall over on my back to say, “Not really.” I prefer to stay home and sleep more, but Human insists I go to work with him. The ride is short and I find a cot in the office to sleep on. Christy works in the office, she is always very nice and pets me.
I usually sleep while my human works, but sometimes, I work too. I heel, sit, down and place for prospective clients so they can see what they can expect when we train their dog. Sometimes the owners want to trade their dog for me. This scares me, I don’t want to live with anyone by my human. We have a bond. We have been through a lot together, I certainly don’t want everything to change. I like things just the ways they are – consistent and normal.
Sometimes we get to do protection training, I love that. I get to run really fast and bite whoever is wearing the bite suit. Fun stuff! Sometimes we do agility and that’s fun too. I get to run, jump, crawl, and climb and then get rewarded with my ball. I love my ball. I love my ball because I like to chase things, bite, carry, and chew.
At home I have a ball that floats. My human throws it in the lake and I get to swim after it. I love swimming. This summer my human took up backpacking. I love being off leash and running through the woods, crossing streams and sleeping under the stars. We hike about 10 miles and day and I just love it. I love my owner and I love my dog’s life.
Once we get home from work, its dinner time. I get my belly full and drink some water, then go outdoors to potty. I check the perimeter and return to the house when I deem it safe. Nap time, popcorn and then, it’s time for bed. I jump in and snuggle up with my human until we do it all over again tomorrow.
This is a dog’s life, and I love it.
PS – If you need help with your West Michigan dog’s life, please contact our dog training team here at Adams K-9 and let us help you to love your dog’s behaviour. We are only a phone call away!