Rules for Non-Dog Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain

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Dogs PlayingThis is something I found a few years back and has lived on my fridge for years now as a reminder to guests… as you are inviting friends and family into your home, you may want to post these rules as well as a gentle reminder to love the house dogs!

1. Our dogs live here – you do not.

2. If you do not want dog hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.

3. We like my pets better than we like most people.

4. To you they are just animals. But, to us, our dog is an adopted child who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and is speech challenged. Dogs are better than kids because they eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don’t hang out with drug using friends, don’t drink or smoke, don’t worry about buying the latest fashions, don’t wear your clothes, don’t need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant, you can sell the results.

These rules have set the tone for our home and also caused quite a few chuckles… I encourage you to post and forward to a friend so that everyone is ready this holiday season to help their visitors embrace and adore your dogs as much as you do!

About The Author:

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes. Her expert advice and opinions have appeared in many outstanding media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest and Apartment Therapy, among others.

She is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. Since the day she was born, she has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home is no exception where she and her husband live with Lily and Barley, their two adorable rescue pups.

In addition to her love for snuggling with dogs, she also has enjoyed working professionally in the canine field since 1999 when she started her first dog-related job at a dog bakery.

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September 23, 2017 1:54 am

Well this is stupid to prefer a dog to a human, if this person will not allow me to sit on his furniture to make space for his dog while I have to stand, the best way is to say goodbye…but I think not all dog owners are that mean.