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Doggy Day Camp

Updated on January 28, 2018

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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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    Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I think doggie daycare is a wonderful idea, if you work long hours. The good ones are safe and help your dog to socialize and have good activities.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks Pmccray. Vying for space, that is a great way to put it. I know I am constantly running over my one dog when I am working around the house. He is always in my space it seems. Have a great weekend!

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    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    What a wonderful hub. Pets can be a handful I have 2 adult cats and it can be so annoying sometimes vying for space on the couch or bed. But my husband and I would have it no other way.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    MPG Narratives, I was amazed our dog was as hospitable as he was. He stayed calm the entire week. Thanks for the write, I appreciate it.

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    Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    We occasionally have other dogs visit our home for a play with Sassie (our cross cocker spaniel, king charles) but she would not like them to stay. We had a friend's dog stay over for 2 nights and she was quite put out! I must say I enjoyed having another dog around though! The photos are lovely, they are so cute. Thanks Paula.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you Khopkins75. I see that you know right where I am coming from. Our house is once again rather quiet as both guests have gone home. :( Thanks for the comment.

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    khopkins75 7 years ago

    I know how you feel. I have a boxer, mountain fiest and a mini pincher. They can be a handful but nothing is sweet as to waking up and seeing them sitting there waiting for you to get out of the bed and love them. As for the licking yes, my huge boxer does it and it drives me insane. Great read, I really enjoyed it.

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    "Quill" 7 years ago

    Dogs love to get out and socialize and it gives Mom and Dad a break as well...Great Hub


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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    I guess you do identify Cajunrooster. One of my charges went home yesterday. My last visitor will not leave my side. I have become the Mommie substitute. She is my shadow. Thanks for sharing and as always, thanks for the write!

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    John David LeCoq 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

    Three dogs can be trying, but they are a lot of fun. We have three dogs, two black Labs and a Border Collie. We have all sorts of rituals and programs that we have to follow each day. You can't feed all three together. Suzie needs Mommie time alone with my wife. Our Labs are 14 and they now how special needs just like old people. But it's so much fun. I know how you feel and I know you would not trade what you are doing for anything .......... well, maybe for two German Sheperds and a Bassett Hound!! LOL