So you’re sitting at home and you look across the room only to see that your dog is sitting on a chair that’s slightly more expensive than your own. He has a pile of toys that could rival a mountain in height, he has the finest cashmere blanket to keep him warm, and his freshly manicured toes and freshly cut hair make you look like the beast in the room. It’s at that moment you have a mini epiphany, “I think my dog may be spoiled.” But where did you go wrong? Well, we have four ways to tell if you’re spoiling your dog.
1) You’re Buying Better Food for Him Than You are for Yourself
Are you noticing your grocery bill is getting extravagantly high ? Have you been spending more on the finest mixes of dog foods and kibbles than on getting the nutrition that you need? Do you realize that out of a $300 grocery bill, only $30 of that is for yourself? Well, it appears that you may be spoiling your dog. Just like people say, “Dogs are people too” remember, “People are people too” and they do need to eat.
2) You Spend More Money on Your Dog’s Birthday than You Do For Your Nephew’s
Remember that nice nephew you have? Remember when he had a birthday last month? Oh, you didn’t? Or did you, and did you only think to give him a card with well wishes? Well that’s okay, not every birthed warrants extravagance. But was it also your dog’s birthday last month? Did you take out a line of credit and a second mortgage to buy him a new doggy-house, new bed, new toys and throw him a bigger bash than New Years Eve of 1999? Well, we’re sad to say, but you may be spoiling your dog.
3) Your Dog Takes Up More Room in Your Bed than You Do
It’s time to head off to bed. You’ve got your fleecy jammies on, you take off the bunny-head slippers and you get ready to crawl in for another night of sleep. But you notice that on your bed, there is actually very little room for you. You’ve let the pup take up most of the usable space on your mattress. So you arrange yourself around how he is in the bed, you get under a paw and your live with the warm dog breath on your neck. If this sounds far too familiar, I hate to say, but you may be spoiling your dog.
4) You Spend More Time Picking Your Dog’s Menu than Your Own
You’re sitting at your office desk and you’re thinking about dinner. A colleague comes up to you and asks what’s for supper. You reply, “Well, I’ve picked out an organic kibble and starting cooking a fine pork-shoulder and it’s marinating as we speak.” Your co-worker looks at you somewhat oddly and asks, “Pork Shoulder?” You respond, “Oh, you meant for me?” It’s the moment you realize you put more thought into your dog’s dinner than into your own that you go, “I think my dog might be spoiled.”