Maybe I Am A Crazy Dog Lady After All!! (written by Allison)

I have been pondering for a few days now on how to write this particular blog post as I was originally going to write about ‘how to tell if you are a crazy dog person’, and so, for my research, had a look on the internet and asked friends and family for their opinion. What became apparent fairly quickly though is that I could actually be a Crazy Dog Lady!!!

Looking at a number of different internet posts from this country and abroad, and going back quite a few years, they all tended to bring up the same things so I devised my own list of things I may have been accused of in the past:

1-Some people have names picked out for their children. You have names picked out for your future dogs.

I don’t officially. However, if for some reason we ended up with another dog, it would be Dave for a boy and Gwladys for a girl. But that won’t happen so technically it doesn’t count!

2-You keep buying expensive beds and toys that you know will never get used.

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This is slightly true. Although with Mabel, she just doesn’t use them properly. Take this photo for example. Here she is using her new giant dog cushion as a foot rest while she wedges her head down the side of the couch to give the impression to anyone walking into the lounge (me included) that there is a headless dog on the floor!

3-You refer to yourself as your dog’s “Mum” or “Dad” and think it’s totally normal.

Well I am! And it is! Although people in the park tend to call me Mabel’s Carer as she is a very special dog. There is the general dog population and then there is Mabel about 5 seconds behind!

4-You are very proud of the fact your dog has a best friend.

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Mabel’s best friend is Nero Basenji. They have known each other since they were 12 weeks old and are seriously like a married couple! If one has a stick or a plastic bottle the other one has to have the other end of it. They even hug each other when they see each other! Laugh if you want but I know for a fact that this one is true and all you dog owners can name your dog’s best friend!

5-You know your dog neighbours better than your human neighbours.

I walk Mabel at a park around the corner from where we live and I could tell you 90% of the dogs that go in there and about 5 of the owners’ names. Although I do refer to the ones I dont know as Dad or Mum to whichever dog they are walking.

6-You have to leave the room when an RSPCA advert comes on.

Not just me but Mabel as well! I don’t want her to get upset.

7-You sometimes watch a programme because the dog has taken an interest in it. 

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Mabel loves watching Crufts. She will sit for hours watching it. I’m sure she is looking out for anyone she knows!

She is also partial to a bit of the Dog Whisperer and sometimes watches Jezza as long as they aren’t shouting too loudly as she loves a good lie detector test result.

8-The “no dogs on the furniture” rule didn’t last very long.

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How else would I get comedy photos like this then? As well as not knowing how to use her bed, she is rubbish in armchairs too!

9-You stress at the thought of having to be out all day and your dog being on their own.

Now this is definitely not me!!!! The reason being that when I am out all day working, Mabel either goes to Doggy Nursery or she goes to Nanny Joan’s next door!!

10-You have more photos of your dog on your phone than your family members.

This is true. However, in my defence I have to take lots of photos of Mabel as she is my model. Although she is now getting ideas above her station and will not pose unless I have a treat waiting for her. If it’s a good treat she may even smile for me.

Well maybe I am a (slightly) Crazy Dog Lady but Miss Mabel Doodle is part of our family and so will always be treated like the daughter I never had!

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