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A House Without a Dog

A house is not a home without a dog.

Well now, isn’t that just the truth? Sometimes we take our dogs for granted, complaining or fussing about the naughty things they may do in our homes. In the end, though, it’s hard to imagine it any other way!

Isn’t it funny how we fall into everyday patterns where we just accept what is going to happen? We wake up, take care of the dogs, go to work, come home, feed the dogs, and so on and so forth.

Well, sometimes our world gets a big shakeup, especially when we’re traveling back and forth to dog shows. I always find that when I’m away at a show, I miss my housedogs and find myself bringing them up in conversation. It’s sort of ironic, considering that 99.9 percent of the time I travel it’s to go to a dog show where I’m surrounded by plenty of other dogs. I think this only makes me miss my dogs even more. Let’s just say that after a few days away, it’s always good to get home!

I could never imagine my life without a dog. If you agree, you may want to do some of these things to let them know how much they mean to you.

I one-hundred percent encourage you to spoil your dogs: just don’t spoil them rotten. I’m not saying that I haven’t done that before (oops!) I mean, after all, they’re already living in the house, so why not take that extra step to make them more “comfortable?” Every so often, a new bed, toy, or even a special treat will sure enough keep your favorite housedogs satisfied. Just be careful not to go overboard. These guys are smart and will soon come to expect the extra pampering!

Put yourself in your dog’s shoes. Oh wait! Dogs don’t wear shoes (usually.) You know what I mean. I often wonder, “If I were that dog, what would I want?” Or I’ll think, “What is going through my dog’s head?” Of course, it’s impossible to know, but there is one thing that I know for sure. If your housedogs are anything like mine, they love to do three things: sleep, eat doggie cookies, and play. Life is just that simple.

Reinforce the good in your dog’s life. This is the healthiest way to prevent those “bad moments” from happening more often than they need to. Once a good pattern is set, it should be relatively easy to maintain. Most dogs kinda go with the flow, so if giving them a cookie when they come into the house from going potty is what it takes to keep things from going hectic, then give it to them! Just make sure to praise for the good, not for the bad. Even if the bad is funny sometimes!

It’s important to take the proper measures to fulfill your housedogs’ happiness, especially when you’re traveling. Make it comfortable for them while you’re away. If you’re leaving your doggies with a sitter, let the sitter know the details about how your dogs act and what they expect every day.

I don’t know about you, but my house wouldn’t be home without a dog or two in it. Whether they’re spoiled – or spoiled rotten – it’s our job to make them comfortable and happy, even when we’re not there.

The Best In Show Daily crew had an outstanding time at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, but it’s good to be home and enjoying my housedogs. I hope you’re doing the same!

I’ll leave you with the following: “In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog.”

Lastly, let us not forget that Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

Written by

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Steven Johns February 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    A dog will always love you know matter what and will always be by your side!


  • Leslee March 29, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I love your articles Kayla and look forward to them.

    As you say, I love my dogs and wouldn’t want to not have them in it. Taking care of my dogs always comes up in conversation. People without animals always say….wouldn’t your life be so much easier without having to take care of your dogs. My response is…it probably would be easier but I think my dogs are worth every minute and contribute so much to my life that I can’t imagine my life without my “spoiled rotten” babies!

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