The perks of HAVING A PAW’S life!

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Kritika Manchanda
You must have heard people complaining that they work like dogs or it’s a dog’s life for them, but have you ever realised the fun that’s involved in being a dog. In this article we discuss about the advantages of being a dog and what all perks your pretty pooch has which even you don’t have.
The setting – Yet another manic Monday! You’re busy with the morning chores. It’s about to be 8:30 am, you have to leave for work and are rushing in order to be on time. Grabbing breakfast to stuff in on the way, you look around to check if you have taken everything. That’s when you find your pet dreaming and snoring in his bed enjoying the cool AC breeze and his soft bedding. Now that’s when you realise the benefit of being a dog.
Morning Rush – What’s that?
Be it summer, winter or rains your pet does not have to worry about getting up and going to work every day. Of course, he also gets up early in the morning and in some cases the pets get up way before pet parents, but that tension of getting late to work, the board meeting worries and the most important, the stress of traffic jams is only a part of your life and not your pet’s life.
Cheers to a happy life!
You party till late at night and the next day you have to go to work or school, but your pet can laze around the entire day. In summers the fun of splashing water and getting that power nap in the cool breeze of the air conditioner and in winters the fun of being snuggled up in the quilt or lazing around in the afternoon sun, these are some privileges that only your pet is entitled to. And then when they get up, they have the entire family at their service.
Be it the walk or food, they are the centre of attention in most pet households. Being pampered by daddy or being cuddled up by mom, all day resting and then playing with the kids they certainly enjoy to the fullest. No uniforms for schools and no tension of completing the science or mathematics home work. For you, after every Sunday comes a manic Monday, but for your pet every day is Sunday. No packing of school bags or preparing for the history test and no tension about what the teacher would say in the next PTM (parent teacher meeting).
The best thing is that they can be mischievous and naughty and then with a puppy look on their face they can melt your heart, but imagine if you would not be ready with the presentation for the project or your kid would have done something in school, the only option would be a note in the diary or a quick round to the principal’s office, but no such things for your pet! They can be as lazy as they want and nobody would bother them. Each day is like summer vacation/winter vacation minus the worry of making projects or presentations.
Enjoying life king size
The joys of a car ride in the evening and the fun in receiving you at the door with a wagging tail, ask your pet about that happy feeling. The fun in getting all the attention and being the centre of every conversation is best experienced by our pets. No worry of inflation or the percentage increase in the GDP, no concern about the soaring rate of gold or the depreciating value of the Indian Rupee, all they concern about are innumerable amount of hugs and they certainly come free of cost.
If you forget your best friend’s birthday or your anniversary then I am sure it would cost you huge, but your pet does not have to maintain the calendar with the birthdays and anniversaries marked. All they have to remember is to lick you all the way. I am sure you must have realised that your pets are emperors in one way or the other and now when you hear someone say that it’s a dog’s life you would think about all these factors.
But there are still some more advantages that they enjoy. Advantages like getting pampered by you and all other members of the family, getting a pat or a random kiss to cheer them up and most importantly getting new toys to play with once they are bored of the old ones. Munching on dog biscuits and chewy bones, these are some tastes that only they can experience. The best part is that they don’t need to worry about being in a relationship or handling break ups, for them the biggest heart break is when you ignore them. They will emotionally blackmail you to get their way done and in most cases you would succumb to the look they give and those oh! so innocent eyes.
Making life happier one wag at a time
And now think of the time when your pet is unwell, the entire discussion is about them. The visit to the doctor, pampering them a degree greater and making their favourite dishes, these are some of the things that we do to make them feel special. They don’t need red roses with a ‘get well soon’ tag or chocolates, all they demand is that extra love and affection from you. And I am sure with the extra dosage of love, pampering, and cuddles they would not just be your companions but your greatest friends. For them there is no dress code, no suits and bows and no frills and pinks, for them the world is their bathroom and they certainly have no worries about the Rados and the Pradas.
But when they get all these advantages including your unconditional love, there are some side effects also that they have to go through. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but they have only you, so you need to pay extra attention to them. Spending quality time with your pets is beneficial for both you and your pet; for you it proves to be a stress buster and a sort of therapy and for them it is like emotional bonding. So take some time out for your waggy friends and see how that tail wags for you in happiness and joy. Make them realise that they are an indispensable part of your family and life and you are incomplete without them.