Ten (10) of the most common things said to dogs first thing in the morning

It’s been over three years since I began showing up for morning volunteer shifts with the senior dogs, and it still never gets old. Ha! These old timer jokes write themselves when both the dogs and the volunteer (ahem, that would be me) are on the older side of life. Yes, the dogs are old but helping them start their day off right is very enriching, for both of us.

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Good Morning! How did you sleep?

Something I've noticed over time is that the dogs coming through the doggy loft may change but many of the conversations remain the same. I certainly have noticed a pattern to some of the morning rituals and remarks passed between dog and volunteer. It can be quite endearing to see new volunteers be surprised at how fun the morning shift can be, and how relatable the oldsters are. 

The following are the ten most common questions or exchanges, I say or overhear (!!) on my mornings at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue:

  1. I don’t have anymore sweetheart.
  2. Oooh, what's your story little one?
  3. How’s that? Does this feel good?
  4. Hmmm that’s some pretty wicked morning breath you got there buddy!
  5. Ahhh, look who’s sleeping in this morning 
  6. Shh don’t tell, here’s a little extra piece of chicken
  7. Good morning! How did you sleep last night?
  8. Do you like to be picked up? You do! Okay, let's go look outside and see what everyone is doing this morning!
  9. Hey! More poop?! Didn't you just come back from a walk? Lol
  10. Whoa, man! That’s a whole lotta backwash in your water bowl

I love seeing new volunteers embrace these senior sweethearts and their morning routines. For some it is their first time spending meaning moments with an older dog. I spoken to a few about the similarities between these dogs and their grandparents. We laugh together and I believe many of the younger volunteers take away experiences that reinforce compassion for the elderly, and for animals overall.

Can you guess which comments or exchanges were from me? How many of these or similar questions do you have with your own dog? 

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Diagnosis Dog and Sudden Appearances

Who doesn’t dread discovering growths on their dogs? BUT, have you ever found yourself troubled by the sudden appearance of a growth under your armpit whenever you sit down for a meal?

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Sudden-Onset Dog Head

Fortunately for all of us, this growth is not considered life threatening! Lol. Our big lump came with hot stinky expectant breath too. Add to this mix her chocolate loving eyes, and you’re a goner! I’m no doctor, but I think it’s safe to say that most furry armpit growths with puppy dog eyes are benign. Wouldn’t you agree?

 

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Are you ready to have a dog? How do you know?

National Dog Day is this weekend and if you don't (gasp!) have one already positively influencing your life, now is a good time to consider the reasons why you don't have a dog.

Below is a handy (and humorous) flowchart to help you, or a friend, with this important decision. Are you ready for a dog? Should you volunteer at a shelter or become a dog sitter instead? Sure, dogs make our lives infinity better, but before you rush out the door, consider these many responsibilities, and real costs, outlined by the clever folks at The Bold Italic:

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Having a dog is wonderful, but also realizing not having one in your life because you answered no to most of these questions above...is also a good thing. Read any of my posts on my volunteering at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and you'll see what I mean.

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Do you know the 5 synonyms for dog?

What words come to mind when you look at a dog? How about after you spend time with one? Do you find yourself coming up with the same expressive words even if you are around different dogs?

I've spent a lot of time with different dogs over the years, and more since I've been volunteering every week at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and I realize now that the same words keep coming to my mind when I spend time with a dog.

Do you hear any of these words when you see a dog? 

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All the dangers dogs save us from

Our dog saved us from being murdered by 40 mail carriers, 16 UPS drivers, and because we live in San Francisco, add 4 solar panel salesmen, 2 possum, and 1 raccoon...guess we should be more grateful. 

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Why bark, when you can honk?

This has to be one of the best dog videos ever! It's as good as this one about why we shouldn't leave dogs in cars, only funny.

 

There are three dogs in this car, with the Airedale in front letting their mom know that she better hurry up because they're tired of waiting.

The one in back sniffing through the open window is funny too. Do you think she laid back down because she was embarrassed by the one honking the horn?

Either way, I love the video and this resourceful dog!

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Is your dog a cat burglar or a stomp the yard type?

You would expect a big dog to move through your house like a bull in a china shop. I've been around noisy, gregarious Labradors who thunder from the kitchen to the yard, back through the sliding glass door until crashing onto a couch. Why? Because someone they knew drove up the driveway.

On the flip side, I grew up with Dobermans who could be light on their feet, if they wanted to. As a teenager I played a few games of hide and seek with Zorro, and lost not to his incredible sniffer but his stealth. He actually snuck around the couch from the opposite side before I heard or saw him.

After reading a new Scientific American post, "Who's Better at Sneaking Around: Dogs or Teenagers?" by Julie Hecht (@Dogspies), I got to thinking about my big Shepherd Husky girl.

Over the course of our life together, her physical presence was always large than life, but could also be quite silent. At young adult, our return home was greeted by her racing up to poke us in the stomach, followed by her jetting down the hallway to jump on our bed so hard the mattress and bedding slid two feet. She'd proceed to gallop back to the living room until her body hit the couch hard enough for it to slam into the windowsill.

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She did this particular greeting for about three years, long enough that we were shocked when she ever so quietly took a piece of cheese off a plate. In front of us.

Until that moment I didn't think our dog knew the word subtle.

Our 85 lb. Shepherd Husky pawed, poked, bumped and jumped her way through the day. That afternoon when she flowed smoothly by the coffee table with the cheese and crackers on it, nipped the cheddar slice, and tiptoed her way into another room like a jewel thief, I was shocked!

I also couldn't stop laughing, at myself. Boy, did she just show me what it means to "assume" wrongly about a dog. Later that night, we added another nickname for her, kitten feet.

~ Sharon Castellanos

Is your dog a cat burglar or a stomp the yard type?

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Big dog tries hard to charm his way into sharing a sandwich

Poor Linden, his dog logic makes perfect sense to us, but clearly his papa needs a more persuasive argument if he's going to share his sandwich.

Dogs are charming creatures, and I have a feeling this dog has used his charms in the past, don't you? 

 

 

Does your dog argue with you? Are they vocal Like Linden? Maybe they just throw you some stink eye, or offer up a loud sigh?

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Dogs and knock knock jokes

Despite the photographic evidence of dogs sitting around a card table, they cannot play poker. Have you known a dog who can bluff without her tail giving her away? 

My dog tried looking away to hide her real feelings, but that tail thumping, even slight, was a huge tell. You knew she was excited about it being dinner hour.

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Tell me you're not the only one not surprised this joke involves a cat?

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