It Takes a Certain Kind of Person to Love a Dog

It takes a person who can accept that life is messy sometimes. That just because you step in a little dog poo, it doesn’t mean you have to throw the shoes away.

It takes a person who understands that

My dogs are cuter than your dogs.

voice-activated phone systems are for homes without barking.  And that sometimes the neighbors look scary, even though they live there and we see them every day.

It takes a person who believes that shared body heat makes up for the paws poked in your back on cold winter nights. And that as long as you can make your body into the shape of an “S”, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the bed.

It takes a person who can accept that sometimes, it’s okay to be used as a trampoline. Especially if there’s something really interesting to be seen out the window; like leaves falling or grass growing.

It takes a person who can shrug off that errant strand of dog hair in a sandwich and pretend that it’s nothing more than pure protein. And that leaving the sandwich unattended on the table is the same as an engraved invitation to dinner.

It takes a person who understands that sometimes the temptation presented by a roll of toilet paper is just too much to resist;  and it must be shredded.  A person willing to concede that shoelaces and dirty socks might be more palatable than you think.

It takes a person who understands that throwing the yellow ball is far more important than the program you are trying to watch on TV, the book you are trying to read or the telephone conversation you are trying to have.

It takes a person who is willing to be worshipped and adored for the next 10-15 years despite all of their personal  faults and shortcomings.

It takes a person who can laugh at the chaos, shrug off the messes and embrace the joy.

Do you have what it takes?

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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8 Responses to It Takes a Certain Kind of Person to Love a Dog

  1. A wonderful post for dog lovers as well as those who don’t quite understand…This would make an excellent card. I will be posting a quote from this in our March Barking Planet blog.


  2. I adore this!! Will be sharing on my blogs as it is so worth repeating.


  3. annie weddle says:

    At the end of a long work day…one happy greeting by your furry child is all you need!!!!
    To care for your furry child is the same as caring for your own human child, frustrations and pure joy! In the end the LOVE and JOY far out weigh any chores, mishaps or ill behavior. Thanks for the article, Ariel!


  4. Lu says:

    I LOVE this! I plan to show it to lots of my dog-loving friends!


  5. Chris Beam says:

    Yes! I have what it take and wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. I love my dogs. Thanks for this wonderful blog post.


  6. Dawn says:

    Of course you know I LOVE this!


  7. Tracy says:

    I’ve got what it takes! lol Love it! You got it so right! Thanks!


  8. Julie Hauck says:

    This is eloquent and beautiful. It has helped me to remember to be mindful that our dogs live in the moment and they invite us to live in it with them.


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