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Furry Friday: Secret Dog Owner Behaviors (SDOB)

There once was a Sex and the City episode that dealt with the SSB: Secret Single Behavior. Those quirky things that are fine to do when you're single but a partner would find just weird. Drinking straight out of the bottle and leaving one's jeans at the front door if the legs got a soaking from a sudden downpour are a couple, but they're not all "I get to be messy" behaviors. Examining one's pores in the mirror, an obsession with the VS Semi-Annual Sale or eating odd snackage (like pretzels and havarti) for dinner qualify.

When the puppacita climbed on top of me in the middle of the night last evening, snuggled up and went to sleep -- thus ensuring that she'd found a place in today's Furry Friday -- I began thinking about the Secret Dog Owner Behaviors. They don't really cross into the SSB, because obviously the men I get involved with must love animals, too. People often randomly ask if the puppacita (Chi-Chi, my 5-pound Chihuahua) sleeps in the bed with me, and perhaps it's odd that I find that an odd question: Why would she NOT? I don't even know what crate training is. I just know that the puppacita belongs curled up with me, not in curled up in a box.

What are some other SDOB? Swallowing my pride, which is overshadowed by the love for my pup, here are several I'll admit to:

  • Dog Adventure Day: This is usually a Saturday, or when I similarly have the time to take her out for "adventure," which to a 5-pound dog means something wild and crazy like the park or pet store, shopping or sightseeing, and often culminates in a shared meal like a turkey burger at a patio restaurant. How do these begin? I say to her in the morning, in a certain tone of voice that she probably recognizes, "Are you a dog who loves adventure?" Wag, wag, wag, wag. "You ARE a dog who loves adventure. I KNEW it!" Happy dance and she runs for a leash. And there's a jingle that accompanies this, as well. And, of course, a hashtag: #DogAdventureDay