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Pampered pets are part of the family

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I ran across an ad the other day for April as National Pet Month. I laughed. In my house, every month is pet month and pampering is the expectation.

While I try to keep the words “spoiled, rotten dog” out of my vocabulary, I do admit that, in some ways, Isabella the Terrible is spoiled.

No, I don’t buy her fancy designer coats and sweaters. She doesn’t sport serious bling, and I don’t take her for monthly appointments at the doggy spa. Baths usually consist of me chasing her around the yard with a soap bucket and hose. But, if I’m honest, I do spoil her in some regards.

For instance, I make Issy a warm dinner every night. Really, nothing is more disgusting than cold dog food, so it has to taste better warm. Here’s where the spoiled part comes in. If I set it down and she doesn’t feel like eating right then and there, I’ll come back in an hour or so and reheat it. Oh, and if we come in out of the rain, I’ll stand, dripping wet while I towel her down first. I tell myself it’s because I don’t want her shaking the water all over my living room. Yeah, right.

Here are a few more pampered pooches…

Amanda Kosinski, 12, Schererville: Every Sunday our family goes to Dairy Queen for a treat, including our dog Martie. When we pull up to the drive-thru window, Martie climbs over my dad to hang out the car. She knows where we are and she has to be the first to get her cone.

And another drive-through pooch…Gordon Fischer, Dyer: I’m the only one in the house who drinks coffee, so every weekend, I go to Dunkin Donuts and Max, our lab, goes with. God forbid I should forget his two Munchkins. Count them…not one, but two. Max knows the difference.

Samantha Gosnell, Dyer: I call it our walk-n-talk. Bo and I walk every night after work. He sniffs and I tell him about my day. He really doesn’t care what I say as long as I keep talking. If I stop, he stops and waits for me to say something.

Carla Ormond, Merrillville: I used to date a physical therapist and he taught me how to give my Irish Setter Chauncey doggie massages. I thought it was funny at first — Chauncey would get this look of pure bliss on his face. The boyfriend’s long gone, but Chauncey still wants his nightly rub down and won’t take no for an answer.

Vaughn Matthison, 9, Highland: My mom thought it would be cool to make cold treats for our dog Jack so she made ice cubes out of beef soup and put them in his water. Now Jack won’t drink water without them. It’s funny!

Shawna Kerlin, Crown Point: It’s not my dog but my friend will call me to go with her to walk her Yorkie but when we get about half way, the beast sits down and won’t move. Vickie has to pick her up and carry her the rest of the way … every time.



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