We’ve all heard about crazy cat ladies – those people living in a whirlwind of cat hairs and a thousand meows (you may be one yourself) – but many of us are crazy dog people too. And while it’s fine to fall head over heels in love with our wonderful pets, if any of the following are true to you, your affection for your canine companion is borderline obsessive.
1. You spend more money on your dog than you do yourself
You have bought pooch the essentials. From these fabulous Responsible Owner dog collar and lead sets to feeding dishes and chew toys, you have done all you can to meet your dog’s needs. But if you find yourself adding more things to your Amazon wishlist for your dog than yourself; if you spend more time browsing pet store shelves than your local boutique, and if you spend more time dressing your dog up in fashionable items than catering for your wardrobe, then it’s quite clear where your priority lies.
2. You go overboard with treats
Here’s something you shouldn’t do. Giving your dog the occasional treat is fine, especially when they have adhered to good behaviour, but you shouldn’t confuse discipline with decadence. There is a time and a place to give your dog a treat, but if you are letting your dog eat the tasty morsels from your plate, and if you are handing out treats every time your dog looks at you with pleading eyes, then you are going to have a porker on your hands. And that isn’t a laughing matter, as their health may be at risk. DON’T DO IT!!!
3. Your dog has his own social media profile.
It’s kind of okay to share pics of your dog online, and it’s reasonable to visit pet-oriented social networks, but to set up their own profile? Fun for a while, but if you’re regularly updating their status and sending out tweets on their behalf, that’s a special kind of crazy right there. It can be funny, and many of us do it. But if you spend more time sweating over what your dog needs to tell the world on their social media profiles than you do your own? If you spend more time posting pics of your dog than of yourself, then you are bordering on obsession!
4. Your DVD collection is dog-eared
And no, we don’t mean your dog has chewed your DVD cases beyond recognition. We are saying that nearly every one of your film collection is dog-themed in some way. From family friendly dog-flicks like Beethoven and Benji, to those tear-jerkers you know you shouldn’t watch but still do (in the hope the dog will survive this time) – think Marley and Me and Hachi: a Dog’s Tale – there is no room for your partner’s Bruce Willis movies or those other films you used to obsess over. Not only that, but you probably set up a special movie night with dog-related movies; just you and pooch, a bucket full of popcorn (again, be mindful of those treats), and a box of tissues just in case Marley does pop his clogs again! Nooooooo!
This article may not relate to you at all. But if your dog is sat next to you in shades and a hat; if your dog is taking up all the room on the sofa, and if you’re about to tweet ‘Dogz Rule and Cats Suck’ from your pooches Twitter account, then we wouldn’t like to call you barking mad, but you probably are more than slightly obsessive over your four-legged friend!