When we received our GoPro my husband had one question. “I wonder what our dog does all day?” I thought this was a great question. Sure, when I’m home I can keep an eye on her and report back, but we still had no idea what she does when we leave the house. So, we strapped on the GoPro and discovered she waits at the door for five to ten minutes, then lays down and naps until we get back.
That doesn’t make much of a story, but I thought I’d go ahead and document a day in our dog’s life from my perspective anyway. I was surprised to see, when I really started paying attention, that a day in her life is a lot like a day in my life.
I wonder if that’s because we’re together so much?
Morning starts with greetings to everyone in the family, headcounts and breakfast. That’s right, Glory has to make sure everyone is up, and if they aren’t she’ll go in the bedrooms to find them and make sure they are okay. That’s one thing about her being a German Shepherd (well, a mix of one), she’s always keeping track of her herd.
One thing I can say is since we’ve transitioned Glory to the Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind food we picked up from PetSmart, is that within 30 days I’ve noticed improvement in her alertness and mental sharpness. I knew this dog food was specially formulated to increase cognitive awareness in dogs like Glory who are 7+, but I didn’t realize the it would be so noticeable in Glory. I think it has helped her keep track of everyone in the house better. Just from watching her it appears that she’s happier with her ability to keep track of everyone efficiently, and I’ve noticed her proudly lounging around the house more instead of running around keeping tabs on everyone.
When my husband goes to work, Glory goes to work too. She often sits by the window and watches for awhile to see if he just might come back home, then she goes ahead and gets to work herself.
Glory has decided it’s her life’s purpose to herd cats. I give her great props on this because if you’ve ever tried to herd cats, it’s not an easy job. These cats keep her busy, often talking back to her. I’m sure she feels underappreciated by the cats so we try to give her some extra love to let her know we appreciate all the efforts she offers in maintaining properly herded cats.
After cat herding, it’s naptime. Cat herding is draining work, both mentally and physically. The girls are great at leaving comfy blankets lying around the house, so she just finds her pick of blankets and takes a nap. Usually with her favorite toy, Moose.
Once my husband gets home from work it’s time for tricks, snacks and walks. Glory’s favorite trick is sit pretty. She’s pretty good at it, but I’m trying to get her to shake on command. She’ll automatically go into shake to get a treat, but hasn’t associated the command yet. Oh well, I get a shake, she gets a treat, we’re all happy.
After dinner we retreat to the family room. It doesn’t take Glory long to bring Moose to my husband for a good game of tug. No matter how much he tries to play fetch with her she doesn’t want to. Tug is her game, and she’s insistent on it. Even when Moose gets all slobbery.
Bedtime is probably everyone’s favorite time of day after a busy day. Glory makes herself right at home in our bed even though I don’t let her sleep there. I know, I know, before you put me in the bad guy seat, just remember we don’t have that big of bed anyway and she’s a big dog. Plus she usually doesn’t stay there long preferring big comfy blankets on the floor.
Overall, eat, sleep, play, and work. It sounds like our dog, Glory, is a lot more like us than we realized!
We had so much fun making the video last week of Glory’s walk time adventures, that I decided a video of Glory’s day was called for.
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