If I Didn't Have a Dog....
I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture & cars would be free of hair.
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without
wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted,
without taking into consideration how much space
Several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would have money and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with numerous veterinarians
as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be:
out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with
baby gates or barriers.

My house would not look like a day care center
with toys EVERYWHERE.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags,
treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L,
F-R-I-S-B-E-E, W-A-L-K, G-O, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, R-I-D-E.

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having
ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of
dreading 'mud' season.

I would not have to answer the question
'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never
have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally
by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!!!

~ Author Unknown

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Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on August 14, 2010 at 5:11pm
It is such a wonderful thing...no matter how bad, busy, crazy your day. The Happy Dance makes it all better.

Member Since 2009
Comment by Jeannine, Gamine & Thalie on August 14, 2010 at 3:32pm
... and I love that dance too... just cannot live without it!

Member Since 2009
Comment by Jeannine, Gamine & Thalie on August 14, 2010 at 3:29pm
I LOVE THAT!!! It is so true and beautiful! Just discover it...

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Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on July 21, 2010 at 7:30pm
If I didn't have a dog, I wouldn't have piddle pads and crates with fosters in them. I wouldn't have a vacuum out permanently. I wouldn't have to cook for 6 or 7 dogs. I could go in my pool without holding something covered in fur. I wouldn't have "dead babies" (de-stuffed dog toys in case you didn't know) all over my house and yard. I wouldn't have a dog under my feet wherever my feet go. I'd have lots more money.

But I wouldn't have watched a former puppy mill dog learn to trust. I wouldn't have helped an emaciated pup fill out with meat on his bones. I wouldn't have seen a checked out little boy come out of his shell and I wouldn't have seen a former biter realize there is another way.

Sue, I have always said that too. I would not give up the Happy Dance for anything, either. That's the one thing about your dogs...they are always happy to see you and love you no matter what.
Comment by Sue & the Crew on July 21, 2010 at 6:23pm
Nice post. I think the author was at my house - especially the "wading through fuzzy bodies when the doorbell rings". My cousin just yesterday told me I should "record and patent" the barking and sell it as a doorbell chime. I made DH buy a bagger for the riding lawnmower so I wouldn't have grass clippings (or leaves) in the house. Ah, the joy of having dogs as relatives. Hey, my (human) nieces destroy my house when they visit too. But here is one of the rewards I really like: that dance they do when I come home no matter if I've been gone for 8 hours or 8 minutes. That dance - I love that dance.

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