Multi-tasking. It sounds good, doesn't it? And I guess maybe sometimes it is. But when it comes to time with my dogs, multi-tasking just doesn't cut it.
I work at the computer a lot. The dogs venture over every now and then to say Hey. I absent-mindedly scratch their ears, say a few nice things, and then it's back to the computer. Sometimes, I don't even stop what I'm doing. I type with one hand and scratch with the other.
Then I stopped to think about that for a minute. Doesn't it drive me crazy if I'm talking with someone and they're checking their Blackberry? If I'm deep in conversation, how much do I like when my friend checks her watch? Or looks over my shoulder? Or intermittently drops in a "yeah, uh-huh?"
I hate it.
So why should I do that to my dogs? Can't I just take five minutes out of my schedule to stop and really visit with the dogs? It's good for me, it's good for them.
When they're gone from this earth, wouldn't I really rather look back and say "Wow, we had fun together," rather than "I wish I would have spent more time with them."
Don't shortchange your dogs or yourself – take the time – make the time – to enjoy your dogs. You won't be sorry.
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