10 months out of the 12 in a year, I have one dog. The other 2 months, I have four dogs. Technically, they’re the family’s dogs and as I go back home once a year, I help out by taking care of the dogs.
What is involved in the so called dog-sitting?
- Feed them
- Pick up their poos and pees (even more effort needed if they do their business inside the house)
- Bathe them
- Give them their vitamins/meds
- Walk them
And last but not least, daily dose of affection and love. This is the easiest part.
With one dog, it was not much work. Life was easy. Food is dry food plus occasional wet food or raw meat. Like it or not, when my dog gets hungry, she’ll eat it.
So, I spare 5mins in the morning to give her her breakfast and morning meds then I go live my life. After uni, I reach home, spare one hour-ish to take her to the park and let her have her run, followed by dinner and night meds. Done for the day!
Since she’s the only dog in the house, there is never any problem with other doggies stealing other doggies’ food. Nor is there any problem with too much poop that I gotta pick them up every single day. Nor is there any problem with sharing my love as all my love was for her. Sounds funny, but it’s true!
Now that I have four dogs to take care of… Things started to unravel…
Meal time is a time for strategy. So one of the four is a senior dog who needs lots of extra nutrition so she eats half of special intensive care canned food plus the white of one boiled egg (cause she needs the protein). Quite a hassle compared to the one dog above…
One down, three to go. They eat dry dog food, problem is they fight. So I gotta put one in the backyard making sure the other one stays in the front yard so they both would eat separately and peacefully. And then… the one in the front yard wouldn’t eat so I gotta wait for him to eat while squeezing my brain out on what to mix in his food so he would eat it voluntarily. And I gotta wait for him to finish his meal to make sure he eats all his food as the other dogs would happily finish his food. See the problem?
Luckily, there are people who cleans up after the dogs, takes them for a walk, and bathes them regularly.
Using doggies as analogies.. I thought about talents and problems.
Let’s talk about talents first.