How Our Dogs Taught Me to Chill About My Housekeeping

There was a time, seemingly forever ago, that I actually kept a pretty tidy and pristine home, everything in order, and staged for visual appeal. Martha Stewart would be proud.

This was a time where cleaning was a stress reliever, and the cleaner my home was, the better I felt about things in other areas of life that were causing me anxiety. Cleaning gave me a sense of instant gratification, or control. If things I could not control were causing me stress, at the very least I could clean and shine floors, and make my place sparkle. No cereal bowls were ever left on the coffee table, no dishes ever left before bed, and if you had company you damn well stayed up until the wee hours if need be to ensure that mess was cleaned up before the next morning. All very manageable when you are young.

Enter puppies.

Connor 8 weeks, Macy 3 years

Connor 8 weeks, MeeMee 3 years

Puppies who roll in unthinkable things on off leash walks (dead carcasses of coyotes, deer, bush bunnies, the poo of all of the aforementioned; anything that is dead and stinks to high heaven is of particular interest)

…And come in the house to share with the people.

Puppies who simulate the actions of Hippos in the wild, finding any manky, muddy, filthy lagoon/river bed they can to cool their bellies and sometimes submerge into to keep the prairie heat at bay.

…And come in the house to share with the people.

Stinky River Mud on Puppy Ends Up on Floor

Stinky River Mud on Puppy Ends Up on Floor

Crazily enough I wouldn’t have it any other way. The messes they make do not even compare to the unconditional love that they give, and the sensitivity they are capable of.  When you are under the weather, sad, or just need something furry to stick your face into when the world has just quite simply pooped in your proverbial fruit loops – few things in life are more simple and more wonderful, not to mention the comic relief they bring.

I have learned through the years, that fur balls can be swept up, rose bushes can be pulled out of tail fur, river mud can be cleaned off the floors….but at the end of a long day, it is the peace that comes from sharing our lives with and cuddling our furry companions that is worth all the sweeping and vaccuming.

Some have asked the question why do you keep the dogs in the house? Can’t they be outside dogs?

The answer for us, is because they are family, and NO. Certainly our 160 lb. Shiloh Shepherd enjoys sleeping out on the step in the cooler temperatures, but he always has the option to come back in and sleep in our bedroom with our Terrierist (this is not a typo I assure you, she lives up to her name, but cute as a button)

I am starting to care less and less what others think, especially in the area of home-making prowess. Dinner at our house can involve one, if not more of the following experiences:

  • You will likely dodge the odd rogue hairball just walking from the door into the house
  • You will be licked (it is really a matter of when, not if)
  • You may be goosed under the table (pants are always a better option than skirts, ladies trust me on this one)
  • You may watch as we dole out raw bones on blankets in the living room
  • You may end up with a random dog hair in your dinner (I understand our dinner invites may be declined more often once this post reaches readers) has become such a common occurrence that Himself and I regularly consider it a contest won, if one of us ends up with the signature dog hair in our plate. Good for the immune system I say.
  • You may fall victim to the flatulence that arises from eating unsavoury items on the prairie (see above for list); said flatulence may cause temporary blindness as it is extremely pungent and usually done very close to the humans
  • You will undoubtedly leave with dog hair on your pants, shirt, scarf, hair, mouth, nostrils, pituitary gland etc.

At the end of the day, we choose to share our lives for better or worse, with our canine companions. We choose to house them inside, where we live and move and have our being. And we are grateful for our messy life (for the most part!).


  8 comments for “How Our Dogs Taught Me to Chill About My Housekeeping

  1. November 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I love your blog, it’s so real and honest and you are doing a great job!:)

    • November 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Ashley that means a great deal 🙂 Pretty random topics but so far I am really enjoying the experience of writing and hopefully bringing some giggles into my readers’ lives! I love yours too – I learn something new every time 🙂

  2. Murray
    November 9, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Well said and soooo true !

    • November 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thank you! Good reminder for me when I start feeling like the house is a mess LOL 🙂

  3. Lisa
    November 9, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I love this and it’s all so very true 🙂

    • November 9, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Haha Lisa I thought you might enjoy that one 🙂 Our pups are always reminding us of what is important in life. The blessings far outweigh the messes! Thank you for reading, and for your input!

  4. Diane
    November 12, 2015 at 2:50 am

    nothing like the wet nose kisses to make you feel loved

    • November 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Ohhh…So true Di, they are such comforts 🙂 I know you have yours too!

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