So you’re a dog person? We get it. Some might call it an obsession, but we know better. It’s just love. You speak dog, you live dog, you dream dog—and you know that the joys and rewards of loyal companionship and slobbery kisses are worth all the pet hair on your furniture. Dog people will take a long walk even in the rain, choose a bar based on their dog-friendly patio, and rearrange their schedules to make sure their dog can get out to pee.
But beyond the basics, true dog people can go to some pretty crazy lengths for their pets. From visiting a pet psychic to using a special doggy bike trailer, we’ve rounded up stories of dog people who prove that nothing is too much when it comes to our pets.
Entering the Dog Zone
Dana H. loves dogs so much, she dedicated a whole room to them. Her dachshunds needed a place to play, as did the dogs that regularly stay with her thanks to her pet sitting business on Rover. Because of western Washington’s frequent rainy weather, she decided to build an indoor play space for dogs where they could stay warm and dry (and make a little ruckus without destroying anything). That’s how her spare room became the ultimate dog zone!
Matching Human-Dog Costumes
Amber C. in Seattle really, really loves dogs, and she’s not afraid to wear it on her sleeve. She jokes that she owns more clothes with Boston terrier prints than anyone else in the world. She’s totally dedicated to her seven-year-old Boston terrier Gus, who’s known on Instagram for his charming good looks.
In fact, Gus and Amber are renowned for their themed Halloween costume every year – seven years running. Check out the Addams family getup from last year, and the sushi theme from the year before.
Consulting the Pet Psychic
As the loyal mama to two rescue dogs, Kiki K. wasn’t about to let them keep fighting all the time. After trying some in-depth training and lots of other tips and tricks, she decided to give a pet psychic a whirl. After all, it couldn’t hurt, could it? She was desperate to understand her dogs’ dynamic better, and she was willing to suspend belief to get her answers.
She found her sessions with two separate animal communicators to be surprisingly rewarding and unlocked some tension she’d been carrying around. “I was skeptical,” she says, “but I loved both readings.”
Biking Goes to the Dogs
Mike J. has three dogs, including two senior pets who aren’t so mobile anymore. Prissy, the long-haired dachshund, needs some extra help getting around and can’t enjoy adventures like she used to. Mike’s family is all about getting outdoors with their dogs, and they haven’t let Prissy’s age get in their way.
Enter the amazing bike trailer designed just for pets. Mike hooks it up to the back of the bike and voila: his three dogs are off for a ride.
Erin L. worked at a local humane society, but she still wasn’t really planning to adopt a dog—until she met Porter. She says, “he was so skinny and sad, sitting on the bunk, and I completely fell in love.”
Erin nurtured him into health and they’ve been together ever since. They’re constant companions, wear matching onesies, and recently Erin had Porter certified as an Emotional Support Animal. In fact, she’s so dedicated to her pup, she got a tattoo in his honor. Talk about one lucky dog (and human)!
She’s Got Wheels
Just five months after Maggie H. adopted her dog, Junie, her new pet had a spinal stroke and became a paraplegic. Maggie threw herself into caring for Junie, and says, “for the first few months, I slept on the floor with her to wake up every two hours for meds and sponge bathed her daily.” And that’s in addition to canine hydrotherapy and acupuncture and getting Junie a wheelchair. Talk about crazy dog love!
It’s paid off, too, as Junie went from having no working back legs to one over the past year, and according to Maggie, “is now a pretty happy little tripod!”
It’s Not Crazy, It’s Love
These stories are only the beginning, of course. We’ve heard about dog lovers who go so far as to spit in their dog’s food to help them eat, tote their dogs around in special backpacks, make doggy eggnog at the holidays, and treat their city-dwelling herding dog to a sheep playdate. From small gestures like finding a dog’s special scratch spot to larger ones like getting a dog the highest-quality food and gear, dog people know it’s all worth it.
After all, they’re our family members, our best snuggle buddies, our favorite dates, and our best friends. What wouldn’t we do for our dogs?
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