Sometimes I watch the dogs bouncing around the house and think just how bizarre it is to have this whole other species
running my life living in my house. Have you ever thought about that? About how odd it is to have this whole other animal just wandering around, making himself right at home?
Dogs are amazing adapters. Somewhere along the evolutionary line, they realized that it paid for them to hang with people, and they got our number right away. Look cute, wag tail, and here comes food!
But there are some things that dogs do that are obviously not part of that adaptive evolution. (I know, I know. I’m totally simplifying thousands of years of complicated science.) Those things, those behaviors, appear, and I find myself saying things that I never, ever thought I would say.
Before I had a dog, I never thought I would say:
- “Don’t lick the toilet!”
- “John! Get a bag! Cooper’s poop is stuck!” (This happens often. He eats sticks. They get… stuck.)
- “Stop licking my pants, please.”
Those are just a few of the more common things I say that I never thought I’d say. Honestly, five years ago, if you had asked me, “Do you think there will come a time when you have to ask someone to stop licking your pants every single day?” I would’ve thought you were insane.
But I do. It’s weird, of course, and also totally worth it. (And in their defense, I am a pretty messy eater.)
What about you? Before you had a dog, what did you think you’d never say?