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All dates must pass your dog's inspection

All of your clothes have dog hair on them, even when they come back from the laundromat or dry cleaners.

You get birthday cards for each of your dogs from family, friends, and the vet. (Bonus if you keep them on the refrigerator for more than a month.)

Every gift you ever get has something to do with dogs

Kiss your dog more than 10 times per greeting.

All your non-dog friends know to dress down when visiting your house

Books and movies are ruined for you if the dog references are incorrect.

Onlookers grimace at the sight of you sharing your sandwich with your four-legged pal, bite for bite

Call long distance and talk with your dog.

Dog hair in food is just another spice.

If you are cold, you put a sweater on your dog.

Any conversation you're having is effortlessly directed back to the topic of dogs

90 percent of your Internet connection time goes to the dogs (seeing what's
new when you enter your breed into the browser, reading up on multiple
lists, checking out photos, sounds and faqs, etc.).
All kinds of things around the house are in need of repair, but the injured
dog you rescued by the side of the road requires immediate surgery and out
comes the checkbook

All of your charitable donations go to dog-related and humane society

All of your furniture came to you second hand or via curbside discard, but
your dog crates are top of the line, industry premium.

All your social activities revolve around other dog people

Your voice is recognized by your vet's receptionist

And after 3 and a half hours of grooming you let that beautiful creature out
to go potty before bedtime and he turns and looks back at you, all clean and
pretty, he smiles a little smile that warms your heart so deeply that words
can never say. A picture you will remember forever. When the dog comes back
in you realize he has been rolling in the dead bird/squirrel you thought you
carefully buried that morning.

Anyone can look at your (pick all that apply) --- T-shirt - sweatshirt -
coffee mug - keychain - beach towel - cooking apron - couch throw - tote
bag - computer screen saver/wallpaper/mousepad/wristpad/monitor frame - gift
wrapping paper - photographic displays - calendars - refrigerator magnets -
weather vane - door mat - bumper stickers - umbrella - Christmas sweater -
socks - embroidery project - child's collection of stuffed animals - sheets
and bedspread - checks - checkbook covers - throw pillows - Home Pages ---
and know immediately that you are a dog lover, AND probably what particular
breed you favor.

At least three of your five weeks vacation are scheduled around grooming,
vaccinations and dental cleaning...all for the dogs!

City officials come to your home and say "Your dogs are barking." And you
can't figure out what the problem is.

Complete strangers call you on the phone to ask questions because they heard
you were a" dog person"

Cut your vacations to 3 day weekends only.

Dog crates double as chairs and/or tables in your family room

Everyone at the office is eager to know if the dogs are all right because you were late for the meeting

First time visitors wonder aloud: "Do you smell something?" and you really don't

In upstate New York this year, let's get out the map and see what else is
interesting in that area..." or "Let's go on a walking tour or Savannah so
we can bring the dogs along now what hotel chains allow dogs?")

Introduce your dog to the photographer and ask would you like to kiss fido

It takes an entirely separate garbage can to handle the poop

It's easier to get a hairdresser's appointment for yourself than it is to
get one for your dog.

You are on an email list with other dog people and each
one of them feels like more than family.

Lintwheels are on your shopping list every week.

More than half your grocery money goes to dog food and treats

Most of your social life is with other dog people.

Most of your vacation pictures are of dogs around the world.

No matter how large your bed is, it is not large enough for you and your

No one wants to ride in your car because they know they'll get dog hair on
their clothes.

Nobody's feet are allowed on the furniture, but your dogs are welcome to
sleep on any piece they so choose

On your 1040 form all your charitable donations are to Humane Societies,
Shelters and Rescue groups.

On your Christmas list to 'Santa' you only want crooks, whistles, jumps,
doggie sweater, doggie 'gum ball machine', a place to have sheep, and oh
yes, the sheep.

One of your vet files is labeled "Other"

Order 250 Xmas photos of just the dog, no family in photos.

Order 5x7 photos of the kids and order 16 x20 of SPOT.

Overnight guests (who share your bed) are offended by having to sleep with
you and the dog(s)

Poop has become a source of conversation for you and your significant other.

Relative solidity of dog excrement is a suitable topic for discussion in
mixed company.

Tax rebates go to "the dog fund" or a spending spree through the supply

The cost of boarding your furkids equals that of your entire vacation

The dog's kibble is stored in 45 gallon garbage cans, and the water is kept
in a bucket with it's own drip tray under it. (Score extra if you have had a
water tap installed over the bucket to save time, or [for longhaired breeds]
if you keep a towel lying permanently on the floor to soak up drips and
squeegee around with your foot.)

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Originally Posted By: AshleynJustin

Onlookers grimace at the sight of you sharing your sandwich with your four-legged pal, bite for bite
This cracks my mother up since I won't drink after people and hate it when someone else handles my food, but I eat and drink after the dogs, horses, cat, etc.
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