6 Times You Hate to Love Your Dog

They're lucky they're so cute.
By: Samantha Drake
Bad puppy chewing on toilet paper.

As much as we love our dogs, they can annoy and frustrate us pet parents sometimes. Yet, whether they’re making a mess or ruining Thanksgiving dinner, dogs manage to make us laugh and somehow love them even more. Maybe it’s because their canine capers are as predictable as they are endearing—and maybe it’s because we know it’s our own fault for spoiling our dogs so much.

Do any of these six scenarios sound familiar? Does your dog:

  1. Tear up the toilet paper? It’s light, it’s fun to rip apart and it’s just hanging there unattended. Is it any wonder dogs go after toilet paper? Dogs look so guilty after clearly having such a good time, too. It’s not surprising that so many people have photos of their dog surrounded by the two-ply carnage.

  2. Climb into your lap when there’s clearly no room? Whether your dog is a Great Dane or a toy poodle, your lap is the place to be no matter how inconvenient. A spilled drink here, a little standing on your kidney there— it makes no difference to them. Dogs are single-minded in their determination to get where they want to be. But it’s hard to get too mad when your dog so obviously wants to be with you.

  3. Steal food off the counter? Many a meal has been wrecked by a dog left alone in the kitchen. Given the chance, your dog will go after the holiday turkey or your sandwich without a second thought. It’s aggravating, but you know it’s your fault for creating the opportunity. And you have to admit, the image of your dog gnawing at the Thanksgiving turkey is pretty funny.

  4. Try to make friends with the cat? Again. It never ends well but you have to admire the dog’s determination. Your dog wants to play so badly and never seems to learn that the cat is having none of it. It’s hard to decide if you should shoo the animals apart or whip out your smartphone to record the action.

  5. Constantly lose his favorite toy under the couch/bed/car and want you to fish it out? Dogs look so cute with their heads cocked in frustration over their inaccessible toy. Their longing looks just can’t be ignored. Of course, the solution is to stop retrieving the toy every five minutes, but we all know that’s not going to happen. How can you resist that furry face?

  6. Wake you up at the crack of dawn? Dogs have a great sense of timing. They know when you went to bed late, don’t feel well, or didn’t get a good night’s sleep. And they don’t care. When a dog has to go out, he has to go out. But it’s hard to stay mad at your dog for needing to do his business. Plus, what’s better than starting the day with your best friend? 

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