You Know You’re a Dog Owner When…

… You can’t help but talk to your dog in a “goo goo ga ga” voice. You know what I’m talking about. 

… You plan your social outings around your dog’s food and bowel movement schedule.

… You can’t watch TV without the feeling that someone is watching you.

… You want to kiss the inventor of the Kong.

… Your heart feels warm every time you walk in the door from work. Or from grocery shopping. Or from checking the mail.

… You (repeatedly) have the crazy idea that running with an animal will be a smooth, fun process.

… You have a great appreciation for fenced in yards.

…You, and only you, think it’s hilarious when you dress him up as his alter ego, Carlton.

… You want to photograph your pup all.the.time. I mean, everyone wants to see your dog sleeping. And eating. And playing fetch. And chewing on his favorite toy….right?

… You finally have someone who will sit down and watch Ellen with you. What? Your dog doesn’t like Ellen?

… Your life is just – happier  :)

Let’s chat – Are you an animal person? Until we adopted Campbell – my answer would have been no!

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22 Responses to You Know You’re a Dog Owner When…

  1. I think having a dog makes me a happier person overall – I love my Charlie!!!

  2. Yes! As I’m writing this, I’m still in bed and my dog is stretched out at my feet, so I’d say I definitely am an animal person. I’m at home with my parents right now because I’m going overseas for an internship that starts next week, so I’ve kind of taken over their dog as my own. I can’t wait to eventually have my own, but I need to wait until a more certain time in my life when I know I’ll have time to care for one.

  3. There’s nothing like a dog’s unconditional excitement and love when you walk in the door at the end of the day!

  4. Having a dog definitely makes me happier! I mean seriously, no one relies on me and needs me this much probably ever in my life. Until I guess I have a real baby. Having a puppy is challenging, but the unlimited cuddles and kisses are worth it

  5. I would say having Chloe makes me a happier person. but on top of that? a stressed, alert, nervous, and jumpy individual. Since you know her antics, I thiiiink you know why. ;)

  6. my dog watches tv too! Everytime there is a dog on the tv he starts barking its so funny..I love this post all of these things apply to me and my dog as well..dogs really do make life so much happier:)

  7. Yes I adoooore dogs! And mine is a spoiled brat too. And of course, Kona loves ellen!

  8. 100% yes to all these things :) Is it bad that sometimes I would rather hang out with my dog then some of my friends :( eeekkk

  9. or when you wake up feeling like a zombiemom because you get up every hour to take care of your dog baby that got stitches in his paw :)

  10. This may be one of the best posts. I do every. single. one. of those things haha. Especially the goo goo ga ga voice and taking pictures!

  11. omg. you and cory are so cute. your babies are going to be HOT. seriously though, I talk to my dog about anything and everything, 90% of the time in the goo-goo-ga-ga baby voice. it’s totally fine.

  12. I am not an animal person. Maybe that’ll change one day though. My fiance likes dogs, and I can see us getting one someday…maybe :) .

  13. I am SUCH a dog person. There are so many times when I miss my family dog so much and go home for a night to be able to chill out in front of the TV with him and my mom. Love ‘em!

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  15. Allison says:

    Totally spot-on! It’s hilarious how much baby talk Ryan and I have been doing the past two weeks since we got Charlie… Never thought I’d get so many texts about bowel movements or have mini celebrations for doing business outside :P

  16. i just found your blog thanks to courtney at STSL and alyssa at A Life Of Blyss, and i’m excited to continue reading! i already love this post (the first one i’ve read) and can relate all too well. we have two labs that make my husband and me just SO happy! they are always making us laugh and make life that much more fun.

    • Colleen says:

      Hey, Ashley! I’m so glad you stopped by! Aren’t labs the best?! My husband and I can spend forever sitting around laughing at Campbell – he’s too fun! :)

  17. I’m not an animal person, but I love Campbell’s alter ego! Hahaha!

  18. Paige says:

    We just adopted a pup too, so I totally relate :) Suddenly having to go anywhere for longer that 15 minutes is a Big Deal, as we go through the, “Do we take her with?! Do we have to crate her?! Why doesn’t the Mexican restaurant just deliver?!?!” thing every time.

  19. Kimm says:

    One of these days I’d love to get a lab but for now my cats are awesome… They walk on the treadmill with me and fetch :)

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