|Not Abe, but you get the idea...|
Each and every tooth was worn down from years of grinding on rocks. There was extensive damage done, and his teeth were ground down to pulps - a fairly painful progression. We scaled and polished them, advising Abe's owner to keep him away from the dreaded rocks. His owner revealed to us that Abe loves to chew on rocks in the backyard. I asked him if he takes Abe on regular walks.
Doggie day care?
So Abe's only outlet for his high energy is rock chewing.
All I could imagine was that feeling of having drank too much coffee, and then trying to fall asleep. (For me this would have to be a whole coffee pot, but you get the idea.) Tossing and turning, feeling your skin crawl as you readjust your position for the 18 millionth time. Horrible.
This got me thinking about how I meet my own girls' needs. Do I meet them? Are they bored? Frustrated? I imagine they tolerate quite a bit of boredom and frustration, but they do so with grace. I know Nyxie particularly needs more exercise to release her anxiety and drive to work, and as my physical endurance grows, her walks and runs grow longer. It's a big responsibility to meet your dog's needs and give them a full life. A few hugs and pets on the head after an 8 hour absence just isn't enough. If you're unable or unwilling to exercise them, pay someone else to do so, or engage them in games that work the brain! Doggie daycares and dog walkers are everywhere - you just need to get creative!
So if you love your dogs, you'll not keep them around purely for your enjoyment, but you'll let them do those things that let them maintain balanced dogness. You know, the things you may not want to, but you know they'll love. Like when Matt wants to watch a an episode of Mythbusters to nurture the science nerd inside of him, when I'd rather be piercing my eyelids!
True love requires consideration and at times, sacrifice.
Living with a dog is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.