You’re having trouble getting up in the morning. It takes a person about 12 weeks to turn repeated action into a habit. It takes a dog about four days, especially if there’s something in it for the dog. I took my dog for a walk two mornings in a row. Now he expects a walk every morning. I don’t always wake up to my clock, but the persistent thumping of my dog against my bed will inevitably get me up. (The only other animal I would recommend is a rooster.)
You need reminding to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. The beeping noise the manufacture installed to warn you of a low battery will send your dog into painful hurling. You will have no peace until you change those batteries.
You need a butler. The minute someone knocks at the door your dog will be there to greet your visitor.
You want your favorite chair kept warm while you’re gone. There is nothing Fido likes better than to occupy your chair during your absence.
You have a wood burning appliance and you need lots of kindling. Some dogs are absolute masters at finding every loose stick in any area, even in a field where a tree has not grown in twenty years.
You need a water dowser. Any Labrador owner will tell you that if there’s water within half a mile, their dog will find it.
You want to hone your baseball skills. Just accidentally drop your piece of chicken and see which one of you — you or your dog – catch it midair.
You want one sided conversations. Dogs are the best listeners. Some may even tilt their head to ask questions.
You need an excuse for not doing your homework. It stills a good one. My dog ate my blog. Oops.
Someone needs to watch the cat while you’re away. On the other hand, I had a dog and a cat who collaborated during my absence to get a frozen chicken out of the sink.