Anyway, this question got me thinking - Pets On Furniture: Yay or Nay? Well, I think we all know my answer to that...
But I know not everyone is fond of having pets on the couch. As for me, this is what I love about having a dog. I love that Charlie feels free to hop onto any furniture she wishes. Hmm, maybe I should rephrase that...
I love that Charlie considers the furniture as her own. Hmm, nope, still not right...
Charlie owns this joint. Yeah, that's better.
And I'm totally fine with that. I'll be the first to admit that she's spoiled. And I'm totally fine with that, too.
Browsing Realtor.com has become one of my nightly habits. A lot of houses get the axe because it's not Charlie Friendly: carpeted floors so my pup wont slip when she runs and a big backyard are very important to me.
Don't get me wrong, she's no guard dog. If someone ever got into the house, Charlie would greet them, run away to get her chicken, and then ask to play.
Cam loves to hug Charlie, but she doesn't like to be hugged. She doesn't like to be grabbed in any way, but she's patient. If we don't see the hug in time to tell him to be gentle, he sometimes grabs her too tightly. But, even when she doesn't like it, Charlie won't bite him.
She's a terrier, they don't do subtle.
But - those are all things I've learned to live with and things I don't mind. We adapt. When we go to the vet and I see a big dog walking in, we head around the corner. When I put my plate down, I make sure she can't reach it. When little kids visit, I hold Charlie on her leash until she calms down. There are compromises in every relationship, right? So I compromise for Charlie and she compromises for me.
There are some people out there that think having a dog is a dumb decision (cough, cough, Dave). But us dog people, we know better. A lot of people don't want a dog because they don't have time or they want to be able to go on trips without worrying about a dogsitter. But us dog people, we know better. Some people don't want a dog because they can be expensive and they believe its not worth the money. But us dog people, we know better.
It's easy for me to get overly sentimental when I talk about my pup. When I think about life without her, I can actually tear up. Someday I'll have to face that, but for now, I'm going to enjoy every second of the whining, begging, playing, growling, sleeping, dreaming, greeting, and barking. Because us dog people, we see the joy in that.