It's a Dog's Life
Daily Canine Routine
The day is divided into two important sections:
Mealtime. And everything else.
1. Just because there does not seem to be anything visible around
to eat certainly does not mean there is nothing around to eat.
The act of staring at the underside of a table or chair on which
someone else is eating sets in motion a chain of events that
eventually results in food.
2. It goes without saying that you should carefully check the lower
third of any space for edibles. Mouth-sized things which cannot
be identified by sight or smell are considered gum.
3. When you actually receive a meal, submerge your head into it as
you would a shower. Never, never look up again until a minimum
of at least fifteen minutes after the obvious food is gone. This
is important. Just because your dish is empty does not mean that
it is time to stop eating.
4. Remember that all food is potentially yours up until the time
that it is actually swallowed by another. The lengthy path a
piece of food will take from a plate to a mouth via a hand is
as good a time as any to stake your claim to it.
5. When it comes to selecting an appropriate beverage, location and
packaging mean nothing. There are absolutely no exceptions to
6. If you really see something you want, and all your other
attempts at getting it have failed, it is only right to grovel
shamelessly. As a second tactic, stare intently at the object of
your desire, allowing long gelatinous drools to leak like icicles
from your lower lip.
II. Everything Else
1. There are really only two important facial expressions to bother
with: complete and overwhelming joy and nothing at all.
2. Any time that is not meal time is potentially nap time. The best
time to take a nap is when you hear your name being called
repeatedly. The best location for a nap is dead center of any
street or driveway. The most relaxing position is on your side,
all four limbs parallel.
3. The most practical way to get dry is to shake violently near a
fully clothed person. A second effective method is to stand on
a light-colored piece of furniture.
4. Personal Safety
A. At the first hint of any irregular noise, run from room to
room yelling loudly. If someone actually comes into the
house, rush over to them whether you know them or not. Then
kiss them so violently that they lose their balance or have
to force you away physically.
B. The greatest unacknowledged threat to life as we have come
to know it is squirrels. No matter what you must do, make
sure there are none in your yard.
5. Recreation and Leisure
A. Ball: There are two equally amusing sets of rules you will
want to know.
a. The Common Form, in which you receive a thrown ball
and return it.
b. The Preferred Form, in which you receive a thrown ball
and eat it.
B. Car: As you know, any open car door is an invitation to get
in. Once inside, your only goal is to try to get out.
A. In the event of a trip to the doctor, always be on your
guard. If you are vaccinated, urinate on the physician.