The Strange Rituals of Pet OwnersDanielle Sullivan
On most nights, when we settle in to watch TV or just sit in the living room and catch up, my family will make sure that our black lab, Django has a seat. Hayley, the Chihuahua prefers her snuggly orthopedic bed, but Django loves nothing more than to be smack in the middle of family time. If we sit down and there is no free spot available on the couch, she will pace back and forth and moan or rest her cute chin (rather pathetically) on one of our legs until we make room for her. It is often at our expense as we tuck up our limbs in order to accommodate her furry self. At night, I often relinquish legroom and wake up with pins and needles in my foot only to find Django sleeping peacefully on my leg. But I don’t mind and to each his/her own when it comes to spoiling your pet, I say.
I’ve noticed that most pet owners has their own little strange rituals they adhere to when it comes to their pets. Kimberly Gauthier of Keep The Tail Wagging, heats up her dogs’ blankets so they are as warm and comfy as possible for them— every night! The first time she did it, “They couldn’t wait to get on the warmed-up bedding!” Gauthier says.
When my mother got a six-week old tiny schnauzer mix, she asked if she could have my son’s old playpen which I was getting rid of, and use it for her Sha Sha. She set up the playpen like a bed with a blanket and toys and began putting Sha Sha to bed in it when she went to sleep. Since the playpen was at the foot of her bed, she figured it was an ideal place to hear the whimper of a new puppy. It worked beautifully, except that now Sha Sha is nearly two years old and still sleeps in it. My mother says the dog will now go right to it and wait to be placed in it at bedtime, so for them, it works.
What is the strangest ritual you do with your pet?
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