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Top 5 signs you’re a (crazy) dog person

5. You wonder if your dog is mad at you.

dog mad option

Any sign my dog gives me that doesn’t communicate unconditional and complete adoration, I interpret as negative commentary on me as a human being. I obsess: what’s she mad about? What did I do? A turned back, a still tail, cool indifference – it all tells me I’m just no good anymore, and she knows it. Overcompensation (squeaky voice, unsolicited treats, unplanned walks) ensues and soon I can bask in the glow of her good will and happiness again.

4. At a party, you talk to the dog instead of the people.

dog party better

I don’t mind talking to people – I really don’t. But if there is a dog at a party, I find myself on the floor, ruining my dress and running my stockings, saying things like, “And how was YOUR day?” Trying to impress them with my jokes. “Lame party, am-I-right?” (Raised hand for a high five.) I rarely can take a compliment given by a human, but the slightest tail flutter from a dog I just met fills me with joy and validation.

3. One glance from your dog can send you into a shame spiral.

dog guilt

This is about how your dog totally depends on you. Did they go potty? Do they have water? (Is it fresh enough?) Is someone in their bed? (The outrage referenced above). I am in charge of her life and her comfort. And as any busy human knows, you sometimes just don’t have time to go on a hike before work! And I can not take the pressure, okay? Okay, Lady? Keep your scathing looks to yourself. (Sorry sweetie, I didn’t mean that. Here’s a cookie. Mommy loves you.)

2. You irrationally dislike any dog who (seems to) dislike your dog.

dog dislike

You love your dog and therefore every living organism should also love your dog. Forget that dogs are individuals with their own preferences. Forget that your dog may have done something that dog didn’t like. Forget that they’re dogs, and you shouldn’t be judging an animal with your anthropomorphic BS. My logical brain knows disliking a dog for dissing my sweet and perfect girl is insane. But my gut knows that dog is stuck up and wouldn’t know an awesome friend if she bit her on the nose.

And NUMBER 1 (and most embarrassing): You’ve had the thought: if I could have birthed her, I would have.

dog birth better

She’s beautiful, she’s smart and I’m proud of her. Why wouldn’t I be honored to be her bio-mom? (Honored and very famous on talk shows, probably.) She looks like me a bit. Don’t you think?

Are you a crazy dog person too?

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It’s Valentine’s Day at WOOF!

It was just another Tuesday at WOOF Daycare and Boarding in beautiful San Ramon, California.

Some of our guests were sleepy.

Some, like German Shepherd Ginger Keane, were hungry.

Others, like Travis Wang the Siberian Husky, were just really excited to greet the day.

But there was something else about this chilly winter Tuesday that had the crowd stirring.

Jake Wengert, the handsome Boxer, saw something on the boarding sheet that was a definite clue.

(The heart might have given it away.)

That’s right! It’s Valentine’s Day at WOOF! And when you combine dozens of sweet little dog faces with the sweetest day of the year, well – you just might find yourself on cuteness-and-love overload.

Some guests could barely hold their composure.


We called every one’s attention and began the celebration with identifying the guest with the most Valentine’s spirit.

It was a nail-bitter while the votes were cast and tallied.

Tola and Ina Cover-Sellars watched to make sure there was no cheating.
Gus Pike was just happy to be nominated.
Coco Walsh wanted to know who won already.

And the award went to….

Bitsy McNaughton! Who was sleeping at the time.


Bitsy, left

Everyone agreed that Bitsy’s red sweater with the embroidered “Loved” on the back proved her the undeniable winner. Woof Receptionist Elisa and Handler Deztiney presented the award to a stunned Bitsy.

Deztiney, left, holding Bitsy and Elisa, right, receiving Bitsy’s kiss
When Bitsy composed herself we explained that – out of all the dogs at Woof today- she was voted with most Valentine’s spirit. Upon hearing this news, she went insane with excitement, swooping Deztiney into what can only be described as a vortex of dog love.
Once everyone congratulated Bitsy and settled down to play, the humans enjoyed lunch, courtesy of Woof Handler Nicky. She had a $20 winning lottery ticket and decided to treat the Woof staff to some Valentine’s pizza.
(Thanks go to Nicky and the State of California for this gigantic pepperoni pie.)
But even though this was a special day, responsibilities had to be tended to. Jake needed his lunch.
Coco wanted to have some Tennis Ball Extravaganza time.
(But really, when does Coco not want that?)
And Pancho, the wonderful little male mixed breed Woof owner Jacque Preble recently rescued from Mexico, just wanted to snuggle with his duck.
(Hes’ up for adoption, you know! Ask Jacque for details.)
Oh, we might want to formally introduce Jacque – Woof is her pride and joy and she often goes on trips to Mexico to contribute to the great doggie charities down there. Here she is just last week in Mexico, lending a hand to the less fortunate pups of the world:
But back to the story.
Eventually our guests’ moms and dads began to trickle in and Valentine’s Day was winding down. One by one, the dogs were led out of the big door and chauffered home.
But not before several loud canine hints could be heard, asking for one more little Valentine’s treat, conveniently sold by our exit door.
Pancho stayed behind, ready to go home with Jacque, his foster mom until he finds his forever home. We tried to get him to say some final words, but we think the day was just too much for him.
So allow us to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from Woof! We are so happy you entrust us with your little furry loved ones and are so amazed that playing with dogs all day is our job. 🙂
Please stay tuned to this blog, which we plan to update with new stories from Woof regularly. Share it with your friends – the more the merrier, we always say.
Until then, see you on the flip side.