Believe it or not there was a time my life did not revolve around dogs. I may be wrong but I think I even participated in hobbies that had nothing to do with trick training or canine sports. As hard as it is to fathom, I recall I used to read books that centred on the human experience, with nary an animal to be found. There may have even been days in which I didn’t utter the word “dog”, not once!
Can you imagine?
It’s fascinating how the adoption of a pet can be so life-changing. I used to swim in pools, go away for weekends to non-dog friendly locales, hang out with friends who’d never held a leash, leave the house without a three-minute session with the lint roller. While I still have a lot of the same interests and passions I always did, many of them have been relegated to the shelf, to be taken down later when I have more time.
I am sure I am not alone in this. Many of you must also enjoy activities that have nothing to do with your dogs. Maybe you love to cook, maybe you are a world-champion croquet player, or maybe you love watching silent films. Our dogs are our family members and we give them the bulk of our attention but that doesn’t mean we don’t pursue goals in other areas. Heck, there is even video evidence of my brief belly dancing career.
When I think about all the things I’ve studied and performed but never spoken of here, it makes me wonder how well I really know all of you. There is so much going on behind the scenes that we never explore in our pet-related writing. If you will be kind enough to indulge me, I’d love to hear about some of your other interests.
What do you do when you aren’t hanging out with your dogs?