I’m busy writing, so I hardly notice my dog Azella in the room.
I finally stop my computer frenzy, and give her a “doggy” yogurt cup. She worships the humble gift in sheer glee. I wish I could bottle her bliss as she cherishes the moment. She holds the cup tightly in her paws, and kisses her treasure again and again. I smile and call her name. She looks up briefly, licks her lips, then goes right back at it.
As I ponder all the days that my dogs have spoiled me rotten with unconditional love, I believe it’s only right to commemorate ‘National Spoil Your Dog Day.’
Even us, the most devoted pet parents, often take our animals for granted. Think about it, we have other things besides them (well, sometimes) to keep us occupied. We work. We have families. We have friends. We have smart phones. We Tweet. We Google. We Facebook. But, we are all our pets have to stay connected. According to them, we are everything.
And I act as if Azella will be on Earth forever.
So, on August 10, follow me as I make a concentrated effort to love on my dog(s), just a little bit more. Here are some ideas of how we can all pamper our pooches:
11 Ways To Spoil Your Dog:
1. Spend Time
Stop what you’re doing, and kiss them. Just because.
2. Sing A Song
Our dogs love when we sing to them, even if we can’t carry a tune. It’s not just the pitch, but the flow of tones that captivate a dog's attention. Try it!
3. Snuggle Up
Wrap your dog in a soft, warm blanket fresh from the dryer. Then, tuck them in at night.
4. Play Together
What the hay? Get on the floor with your bum in the air, and share a game of tug.
5. Massage Moments
Have you ever considered Reiki for your dog? Reiki is an ancient eastern technique that relaxes the body and balances its functions. It enhances the lymph system’s ability to detox the body, clears the sinuses of solidified mucus, and improves muscle function. Your dogs will breath better and feel better with energy work and concentrated touch. Keep your favorite friend nimble and nurtured.
6. Go On A Date
Invite your dog out on the town. Allow them to experience something new, other than just the inside of their crate. Car rides, friend visits, nature parks, and dog bakeries are perfect escapes.
7. Attend Class
Pledge to learn dog behavior. Sign up for a fun, specialty training course. Even senior dogs benefit from positive reinforcement influence and time spent together.
8. Solve A Puzzle
Dogs like to think. They need an outlet for their natural active (physical and mental) tendencies. Favorable activity contributes to your dog’s overall behavior development. Invest in plenty of exciting interactive puzzles and hardy dog toys on the market.
9. Throw A Party!
Why not host a puppy party with other responsible pet parents? Trendy dog showers, where pet parents donate essential items to a shelter instead of bringing a gift, are all the rave.
10. Dog Therapy
Want to volunteer with your dog? Commit to a cause and enroll in Therapy Dog Preparation courses. Visiting hospitals, nursing homes, or libraries where children can read to your (mild tempered) dog are all rewarding ways to spend quality time. What a meaningful contribution you and your best buddy will make to the community.
11. Move More
Exercise with your dog! Take a stroll, join “Doga” (Dog Yoga), or build agility equipment to keep your dog active and mentally fit. Dogs have worked alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a particular purpose, like hunting, herding livestock, or providing protection. We make the mistake of assuming that if our dog has access to a yard, they’re getting enough exercise. Our dogs don’t (typically) run laps by themselves. They wait for us to come outside with them.
A cold, wet nose nudges my elbow, abruptly breaking me free from my thoughts. I turn my attention to my dog. I kneel beside her, our eyes meet, and I kiss my “Husky Mama” on the nose—
Azella is in Heaven, on Earth.
*Celebrate ‘National Spoil Your Dog Day’ August 10, 2014. What will you do to spoil your dog?
Christina Bournias resides in Michigan with her 3-pack; three new beautiful adopted miracles. As her “Angelwriter”, Nicodemus (1997-2010) is the wisdom behind the stories she shares. Christina champions the magnitude of building the bond between a dog and their person(s) by means of respectful communication and enduring admiration.
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