How To Have A Doggie Day Camp
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Dog Sitting For Three
As the owner of one Miniature Schnauzer, taking care of a dog is easy. You feed them a couple of times a day, refresh their bowl of water and provide a place to sleep with an occasional haircut. Yearly trips to the vet are required when the yearly checkup rolls around and shots are due.
One dog is easy to love and to take care of. There is no competition with other dogs. You have the sole attention of your pet and vice versa. It is usually quiet except when the mailman deposits mail, an advertiser hangs a brochure on your door, or someone walks their dog on your sidewalk. At those times, the piercing barks can be compared to a blood curdling scream.
The Day Camp
This weekend, our home is filled with the pitter patter of little doggie feet. Yes, our dog population has jumped to three. We are now running a doggie day camp for miniature schnauzers. Dekker is sharing his domain with Heinz and Sydney. Heinz belongs to my Mom and is Dekkers' brother. Sydney is the pet of some friends who live in the area. Sydney is outnumbered as the only female. None of these beloved animals is young. They are all set in their ways, their rituals, their routines.
Dinner time is interesting. Each dog has their own corner for eating. Within minutes of placing their filled dishes on the floor, the plates have been licked clean. These dogs love to eat! As the last dog rushes to complete his meal, the other two are circling to see if there are any leftovers. Tension builds until the last crumb has been consumed.
Yard time begins with a race out the door only to scatter to different sections of the backyard. As business is done, the ancient dog culture takes over while they take turns smelling where the other has been. 'I can squirt higher than your squirt, so I rule' is the game they play.
When there are two adults and three dogs, one usually gets left out. My husband and I both have a dog laying by our feet when we sit in the living room. The third dog perches nearby with one eye closed and one open, watching for an opportunity to move to one of the prized spots near our feet.
At times, the annoying habits of three dogs can be a bit much. All three dogs love to lick their front paws. It sounds awful when one dog continues to lick its paws, but three, at once? I also don't enjoy the wet spots on the floor where the licking occurs. Everywhere I go, a dog follows. I have become a surrogate mom. Stepping on a dog paw has become quite common as they follow us around the house all day.
On the other hand, we have felt loved and adored by these pups. We call and they come running, with their little legs slipping and sliding on the tile trying to find traction to push them ahead of one another. You can see the competition between them to arrive first, be fed first, get outside first, etc. The scenario has been interesting and entertaining. Our surmise of the situation is that one dog is just fine for us, thank you very much!
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