You hear a dog bark and by instinct you reach for the treats in your pocket. Even though you are walking downtown and your own dog is miles away.
You have spent many an hour tucked in an isolated room with your puppy avoiding repair workers and landlords.
The instant the door bell rings you and your partner move into your pre-determined roles in an elaborate plan to prevent your dog from losing her shit.
Ordering pizza is a twelve step process and requires more energy than it takes to cook a meal yourself.
Even if you passed Ryan Gosling every day, you’d never notice because you are too busy making sure your dog is anxiety free every time that strange blond man walks by.
You can click and treat while reading a book, making dinner, and practicing the piano without missing a beat. At the same time.
You know how to make even the most mundane object the most interesting thing in the world. You have been known to exclaim over rocks, leaves, and poop bogs just to keep your dog distracted. A closed fist will do in a pinch.
You know exactly how to get out kibble stains from the pockets of hoodies.
Lucky for us, Shiva is in remission. Not cured, but we’ve got our management strategy down to a mad, mad level of skills. Every dog is different, however. Is there anything I missed on this list?