Being with a first time dog lover is weird. I’m talking, never had a dog, not even sure if he even had an interest in a dog, never really understood the purpose of having a dog- type person. I grew up with dogs my whole life so this way of living baffles me.
Almost as much as being a cat lover.
July 27th will be a year for Chris and Champ. Champ ADORES Chris, and I think Chris feels the same. There are just a few differences between his relationship with Champ and mine with Ryker though that I can’t help but attribute to him never having a dog.
He doesn’t want them on the bed. What? They’re both allowed on my bed and I deal with his griping. Dirt, hair, the occasional flea… whatever. I’m not bathing my dog every time I go to bed, and those are simply parts of owning a dog. “But not in my bed!” Listen, I’m not going to have my dog feel like he is a sub par human, or that I love you more than I love him because you’re on the bed…Oh wait. I said that out loud. Anyway, I have agreed to cave on this one if we get a bed that is so big that the dogs don’t try to get on it. But I don’t have to like it.
He monitors water intake. This I get. Champ likes to guzzle down and sometimes have accidents or throw it right back up. Ew. I just come from the mindset of supply and demand, “if it’s always available they won’t obsess over it”. I dow want to note that the dogs DO get enough water, it just creates a lot more work for the human to have to give it to them all of the time.
He monitors playing with toys. This one I just have to smile and shake my head at because it reminds me of a new parent. “I don’t want him to chew up the toys. I want them to last!” Right… that’s like putting a newborn in a Calvin Klein onesie and taking it off every time he burps or farts because you don’t want it to get ruined. It’s going to get ruined. That’s the point. It’s why I buy cheap toys.
He tries to annoy Champ. I love this. Champ will be sitting there minding his own business and Chris will call him over and play with him. Champ gets random love and attention and Chris gets to pick on someone other than me. :)
He denies that having a dog is like having a child. I’m baffled by this declaration, too. He doesn’t understand how I can relate Ryker to having a child because Ryker is a dog. Maybe it’s just harder for him with Champ because it’s harder to see his emotions than Rykers. And all I can really come up with is to say that “he’s totally dependent on me”.
His last thought is let’s take the dogs with us. Unless we’re going out of town. It used to be my first thought when going anywhere but after 6 months of trying to be a little unit with him and Champ I have those thoughts less and less. He’s overly cautious with taking Champ out because he has been known to show barrier aggression or get loud if another dog gets loud with him, but I think if you don’t try it you won’t know how good he will be.
Have you ever watched a non-dog lover become a dog lover? Any other observations?