The definitive answer to your question is: three. Yep, that’s the magical number of normally well-behaved and trained dogs it takes to become an unmanageable pack. Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh, but when it’s three dogs and one human, there is no hope of playing man-to-man or zone defense. It’s a freaking blitz!
So this weekend I watched my sister’s two dogs for her. Those two plus Sage made one harried human. The first night I didn’t sleep well because the dogs would bark at every sound (completely understandable since they’re not use to my house, but I have two roommates!) and wake me up. Needless to say I woke up about four times that night and each time I took them outside in case they needed to go to the bathroom. Hey, I was tired and not thinking clearly. Don’t judge.
You may think this is a rant, but the weekend actually had some good moments. I was never without some animal to snuggle with. Dogs are the most forgiving and affectionate animals – in my experience: if you yell at them they’re quick to forgive and forget and let you pet them; they’re always excited when you get home; they’re the best keepers of secrets; and they give you kisses for no apparent reason. Okay, maybe that last one is a turn-off for some of you, but it’s always nice to know you’re loved.
So I was in a (sometimes suffocating) cocoon of love this weekend, but I have to say it sure is nice to have my one dog back again. The dogs are like family: It’s nice when they visit, but even nicer when they leave!