And while I may be guilty of being a helicopter pet parent, I’m able to justify every confession on this list – and I’m sure I’m not alone. Here are 14 telltale signs you’re an overbearing (and overly-fantastic) pet parent too:
1. You and Your Vet Are BFFs
You have your vet’s number on speed dial and his personal email – and you will send messages to that email at any hour of the day or night if necessary.
2. You Hover
On outings to the local dog run, you stay an arm’s length distance from him at all times… just in case.
3. You BYOB
You also bring their individual water bottle and dish. Those communal bowls are cesspools.
4. You Weather the Weather Together
When it rains, you walk with the umbrella over him.
5. You and Your Dog Have ESP
You both have your own secret way of communicating. You know what his looks, sniffs and barks mean – and if you can deliver what he wants, you do.
6. You Feed Him the Very Best Food
His food is not only top shelf, but you fortify it with fish oil and vitamin supplements. On the flipside, you consider a 99-cent cup of coffee all the fortifying you need.
7. You Refuse to Board Your Dog
Boarding your dog when you go on a trip isn’t even an option. If he can’t come along, then Grandma or someone you’d trust with your own life gets the responsibility of sitting. Your little fur baby needs personalized attention at all times.
8. You Leave Lists. Lots of Lists
If you do decide to go away, your trusted caretaker receives a detailed list of instructions and preferences along with a tote filled with your pup’s favorite food, bed, blankets and play things.
9. You Don’t Go Anywhere Without Your Dog
If your dog isn’t invited to a BBQ or outdoor party than you see no reason in attending. Hey, your dog is better behaved (and can be better dressed) than most people!
10. You Tuck Him In At Night
His nighttime regimen consists of brushing his teeth, mouth spray and a mango scented cooling wipe down-complete with tuck-in service and a kiss goodnight.
11. Your Dog Hogs the Bed
He sleeps in your bed…and at times in your spot. Hearing his little snores are reassure you he’s sleeping soundly, so no matter how twisted your body gets, if he’s comfortable, you’re comfortable.
12. You Always Skip Happy Hour
Your typical response for missing a happy hour with your coworkers is, “I can’t, I have to get home to my dog.” … and no, you’re not sorry.
13. You Skype With Your Pup
You think the web cam is the greatest invention known to man. Thanks to it, you can now keep an eye on him whenever you’re out… which also kind of makes it the worst invention too.
14. You Love Him Unconditionally
He’s more than your best friend – and if you can make him happy, it makes your day.