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Things You Never Thought You'd Do

Natalie's thread on catching Roscoe's poo made me start thinking of the things I do for Tori that I never thought I'd do for a dog in a million years. For one, I never thought I'd get up everyday and fix a dog's hair. I never thought I'd be cleaning dingleberries off a butt. Nor did I think I'd ever spend more for hair care products for a dog than I do for me.

What kind of things have you found yourself doing for your neezer that you thought you'd never do?

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Tiny shaver...

Shaving weekly between the toes and the behind. Cleaning out long ear hairs with baby powder. Clipping nails.

Worrying about Riki and his skin condition which needs another vet revisit...

Going for long rides in the car for doggy playdates.

Talking to my dogs in the car when they are at home...

Oh I could go on...

Quilt square making when I don't even know how to sew really.

Having a foster dog for 12 weeks in a crate...and doing it with pleasure....

I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
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eye booger and cling on removal with bare hands.
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Oh yeah, Linda, plucking ear hair and trimming between the toes! And how in the world could I forget about driving with Amanda 5 hours to go to a play date??? Or 2 hours to attend a Hav Halloween party?

Oh yes, Amy, the infamous eye booger removal... Yuck!

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Yeah, Leslie, I was really impressed when you and Amanda drove that long distance for the playdate!

For me it's as simple as sleeping with a dog! Never thought I'd be doing that!
Our previous dogs were never even allowed on furniture and these two own the sofa. LOL

As well as, spending all the money I do on grooming, giving baths in my kitchen sink, taking all kinds of obedience and trick classes, having friends I made through my dogs, and on and on.

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my family thinks I am crazy as I was never the type to volunteer to do anything with any animal.

Picking up poo!!
Cleaning poo off her butt (you know, those butt baths)
Sleeping with a dog on the bed
Letting her give me puppy kisses on my face.
Brushing her teeth!
Removing her eye boogers

I really never imagined Loving her as much as I do.


Leslie, hav halloween party!?! How cute~~
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I never thought I would:
- Spend $25 on a hairbrush....
- Brush a dog daily (and enjoy it..)
- Spend a fortune on toys....
- Worry about dog food ingredients
And we've only had her for 4 monts - I can't imagine what else I have to look forward to...

Donna Mom to Panda
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Teeth!

Oh my cats were so easy...18 and 17 years of just feeding and cleaning the litter box! With an occassional toy or two!

I forgot about teeth brushing...and coat brushing! LOL

When Riki was a puppy he had private training and group training weekly with Sue Nelson and also obedience training. My daughter had just gone off to first grade and Riki was my new mission!

So I have leashes and crates, and many different kinds of harnesses and collars to find the "perfect one." Pet Expos, Eukanuba Meet the Breed, Havanese Breed Clubs, Havanese Forum, Doggy Play Dates, Howloween Parade, Haute Dog Easter Costume Contest Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, winning photo of the year with IHC!

Vet bills and emergency visits (dogs require so much more care than cats), skin issues and allegies...and lots and lots of support from new friends.

Okay, I bought fancy beds and outfits at first but Riki wanted no part of that. He hated the doggy carrier...he is a dog after all.

Yes, we do lots with our bare hands...and tough stomachs!

I love every moment of it!

I remember our first mat comb and brush...

I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
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I never thought I would:
- have a dog in my bed, (now I have two)
-every day have conversation about "good poo"day!
-spend hours doing research to find "perfect" of anything-food, toys, shampoos, treats, beds, for my DOGS.
-baby talk to my dogs, have poo and piddle parties when they "get" it where to do their business in a new place.
-swell with pride everytime someone compliments them.
-rush home in time so they are never left alone for more than 4 hours.
-let them play in the snow as many times as they want to see their joy and not get tired of all the work of drying them, cleaning them everytime.
-happily spend time cleaning dingle berries, eyebooger, ear cleaning, grooming, brushing, bathing
-preparing homecooked meals, treats so they get the "healthy and safe" food.
-change drinking water every 4 hours, because Benji like it cool and clean!!
-Sleep on my side so that Lizzie could cuddle up early in the morning.
-never imgaine imagine life with my two furballs.

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Never would I have thought I would:

Spend hours online in a dog group.
Not make a reservation in a motel unless they take dogs.
Check butts before they come in.

Have a sign in my kitchen that says “cook not responsible for hair in the food”

Tell my children they better love my dogs because they get it all in the will.

Sandi, taking a new road with Smarty and Galen
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