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The life of a writer and survivor of loss.


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You Know You’re a Dog Person When

Ruby just turned two years old. This one’s for her. 🙂

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A DOG PERSON WHEN:

Your home resembles a graveyard.graveyard

Your dog has a bed in every room of the house, plus the car.

Ruby sleeping beautyRuby upside downJT - Ruby asleep

Your dog sleeps on your bed — rather, she shares her biggest bed with you.

Ruby hiding in bed

You talk to your dog all day and are convinced she understands what you’re saying.

You rate your day by how many times your dog poops in the morning. 1x =  an average day. 2x = a great day. 3x = you might get a promotion at work or win the lottery.

You analyze your dog’s poop like a tea reader.

You know your vet’s number by heart.

You ask your dog questions like “how was your day?” and “are you mad at me?”

You can read your dog’s looks:

“No, I will not get out of bed. It’s Sunday.”Ruby in the morning

“Do we really have to watch Downton Abbey at full volume?”

Ruby giving me stink eye

“I just woke up and realized it’s been two days since you gave me a bone.”

Ruby giving me a look

You will drive up to an hour to take your dog to a new off-leash hike trail — or the beach.

Ruby carrying big stick

Taking it all in

You will give your dog the last drops of water on a hike.

hot ruby

You try not to judge other people by how your dog reacts to them.

You try not to judge other people by how well – or badly – behaved their dog is.

You try not to give strangers advice on how to train their dogs — but it’s hard since you’ve worked so hard to train yours.

canine good citizen

Your dog has more boyfriends than you do.

Ruby boyfriend

You set up more play dates for your dog than you do for yourself.

You question moving to a different neighborhood or state because what about your dog’s friends?

Ruby and friendsruby and friends2

You will buy another dog’s toy on the spot so that your dog can play with it.

Ruby and Cuivre

You have an iTunes playlist for when your dog is alone that includes Mozart, Bach and Philip Glass. You think this music has made your dog smarter.

You put sunscreen on your dog’s face.

SB - Douglass beach - sandy dog

You let your dog roll in whatever she wants, even if it means giving her a bath afterwards.

Ruby rolling in itruby rolling in grassDirty Ruby

You feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs.

You’re wary of people who don’t like dogs.

You judge cities by how dog-friendly they are.

Hollywood Ruby

It takes you 30-45 minutes to explain how, when and why you adopted your dog.

Ruby

You celebrate your dog’s birthday.

Your favorite moment of the day is waking up to your dog.

Ruby sleeping and smiling

Your second favorite moment of the day is coming home to your dog.

Ruby and me

 Are you a dog person?