Sometimes I worry about what kind of a mother I’ll be. Will I be the mom that lets kids figure things out on their own. or will I be a helicopter mom? My love language is touch, so I highly doubt that I’ll be able to keep a distance from my kids. Then there’s how I am with my dogs.
Chip and Daisy (Chip mostly, as we had him a solid 2 years since he was a puppy before we got Daisy) have enjoyed many luxuries unknown to other dogs. Here are some ways to know if you have a first-world dog.
1. Your dog picks his seat in the car.
Chip likes being the co-pilot in the car. As in, he insists on sitting on the driver’s lap as they drive. The passenger seat is not good enough for him. Not even with a person’s lap boosting him up. Nope. He needs to be in the driver’s seat.
And I always let him have it. Judge away.
2. He gets his butt wiped
When we first got Chip, I would have puppy wipes near the door to wipe all four of his feet and his butt. Looking back, I was utterly ridiculous. Who wipe’s their dog’s bottom every time they come inside? I only hope that I’ve gotten all my mommy “crazies” out with my first kid, Chip. I don’t wipe either furry butt now (unless they have a blow-out).
3. They eat food only found in boutiques.
4. They dictate the climate control
I can’t count the number of times I turn the air conditioning on in the car just because Chip is panting. My husband especially loves this (insert huge eye roll).
5. They get to pick their spot in YOUR bed
It was never my idea to have a dog share a bed with me. I never had a pet growing up (unless you count canaries) so having an animal sleep in bed with me was a foreign concept. B insisted Chip sleep in bed with us.
Oh, we tried crate-training. Chip whined and cried for hours for over a week. I even put his crate on my nightstand. The cries continued. So we let him on the bed. Not a peep. (side eye).
Now? Chip and Daisy have their spots picked out in bed. We literally are restricted from thrashing in bed for fear that one of the dogs will fly across the room.
First world dogs I tell you.
6. They have high-tech toys
My husband splurged at Brookstone sometime last year. I didn’t understand at first what he was talking about when he called me, but when he got home with this I nearly died. It is a mechanical ball controlled by Bluetooth. Apparently, for our first-world dogs, a regular ball (or stick), is not good enough. They need a mechanical ball for entertainment.