Today I was considering my co-dependency with Buzz and Finn. Sometimes I leave them in the car (with the windows open) for 20 minutes whilst I am in the shops. They bark relentlessly in defiance for me having the temerity to leave them. Even if it is just for 20 minutes. I realize that it is my fault and that they are spoilt. And do I feel guilty? Not a jot.
I can imagine that this is the case for many dog owners. Particularly as our pets have become accustomed to us being at home for more time than is normal. They are my therapy as they somehow instinctively know when I am down and need a little pick me up. This can be in the form of licking or just bounding up to sit on my lap.
On occasion I have heard people refer to them as natural anti-depressants. And as Rick Gervais has famously said’ We don’t deserve them’. I need to remind myself that when they bark at strangers walking past my apartment that they are in fact dogs. And that this is what they are supposed to do.
I recall telling Buzz off when somebody walked past my bedroom window yesterday and he began barking. After the telling off he sat on the bed gazing at me. I couldn’t help but think that if he could talk, he may well have said what I mentioned earlier ‘I am a dog. What the feck else am I supposed to do?’
That’s all for now