Adventures in Dog Sitting: Rocky and Badger

They say you don’t really know someone until you live with them.

It’s been a total of 17 days (3 to go) with Badger and Rocky and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Learning their individual quirks, likes/dislikes and idiosyncrasies is just one of the many reasons I love my job.

Living with two pups for an extended period of time establishes a special bond. However it may also result in questionable behavior such as developing poor atrocious taste in TV and a newfound obsession with childlike hobbies. More to come on that later.

Here’s what I’ve learned in my time with these two beefcakes:

1.) These guys LOVE walks. As soon as Badger has the slightest inkling that it might be time to go fora W-A-L-K, he loses his cool. Something happens where it sounds like he woke up with a bad case of laryngitis. And just in case you forgot where the leashes and doggie poo bags are located, he’s happy to give you a tutorial. After being clipped into his harness, Rocky’s enthusiasm comes in the form of a muted bark. Sometimes he just can’t contain himself!

If it were up to Badger, the walk would never end. When it comes time to turn around at the halfway point, he comes to a complete standstill and plays stubborn mule. At least for 30 seconds or so. You know, just to get his point across that he’s not pleased about having to head back home.

2.) When Badger and Rocky see people out and about, they expect them to stop and say hi. They want to meet anyone and everyone that crosses their path. They look a little defeated when the feeling isn’t mutual.

3.) Rocky’s rodent radar is razor sharp. [Say that three times fast.] If it moves, or looks like it could possibly move, he’s well aware of its existence. Somehow he sees squirrels, chipmunks, bunnies, and birds from afar and he even had an interesting encounter with a toad one evening.

4.) These two are LOVERS. They want to be right up next to you (if not on you) whether it’s leaning against you or resting their head on your foot. If you’re near them, they want that close personal contact.

Side note: How does this not make your day when you see Badger sitting upright like a person?

It’s a little disheartening to think my time with these two is coming to an end. While the time has flown by, I’ll admit I’ve had to question my own sanity once or twice.

During dog sitting gigs, I’m always productive in terms of writing and working on business-related tasks. But of course there are times where I just want to relax and focus on mind-numbing activities. As a result, I’ve found myself binge watching entire seasons (oh how I wish this weren’t true) of Keeping up with the Kardashians on Hulu. I’ve never seen the show before but now that I’ve started, I can’t seem to look away from this train wreck. I’ll let you know if an intervention becomes necessary. I may need someone to cancel my Hulu Plus account.

My other newly acquired hobby is rubber band bracelets. I’m not a jewelry person which is probably evident by the fact that I like tacky handmade bracelets made of rubber. For whatever reason, I just can’t seem to get enough of these things. Naturally when I purchased a bracelet kit for ages 6+ at Target, the cashier falsely assumed I would be making some little girl’s day.