There are a lot of guides out there that give great tips on how to choose the right dog to adopt. Dogs are a huge responsibility and there are so many things to consider. Being the crazy dog lady that I am, I try to convince all of my friends to adopt a dog so we have can have pup dates. So far I've succeeded with my friend Amanda who adopted from Best Friends Animal Society which is Pixie's alumni shelter as well. 1 down, tons more to go!
I think the most common reason I hear to not adopting a dog is I just don't have the time. Well, I thought so too until I realized that I'm a pretty lazy person that actually does have the time to take care of a dog. I thought it would be helpful to give you insights on how much time it takes to take care of Pixie - a toothless, allegedly 5 year old chihuahua mix.
Walks - Total of 45 minutes
I don't mean to brag or anything but I'm that person that wakes up without hitting the snooze button. But that doesn't mean that I get out of bed immediately after my alarm goes off. I stare at the ceiling and wish that I didn't have to get out of bed. You know those funny memes where the dogs licking their owners face and begs to take them out for a walk the moment they wake up. Not my little Pixie Wixie. She is lazier than I am. I get up and start getting ready and she's still snoozing. I literally poke her so she wakes up because she's ridiculous like that. In the morning, we go on a 10 minute walk. This isn't really a walk for both of us. This is more of take care of your business ASAP so we aren't late for work situation.
Our night time walk is our real time to enjoy our stroll. Pixie loves her night time walks and is much more enthusiastic than her morning ones. On average, we go on 30 minute walks. The great thing about an older small dog is that if you don't have the time or energy, they are happy going on a shorter walk. If I'm on a coffee high, I go on an hour walk and Pixie basically begs me to take her home. Need a cute dog poop bag holder? Shameless plus of our poop bag holders available in our store here.
Grooming - 1 minute
I think that a lot of people assume Pixie goes to the groomers since she has long hair. The answer is nope, I'm too lazy and it's an added expense I rather spend on her treats and her cute clothes. I brush her coat once a day to keep it nice and shiny and that's it. I do give her a bath once a month which takes about 10 minutes.
Food - 10 minutes
I used to feed Pixie once a day. But her little high maintenance stomach kicked in and she would throw up about once a week. I got worried and took her to the vet and was advised to feed her twice a day. She eats her wet food which I smash up more for her. I've changed her diet a little bit and have mixing freeze dried food with the canned food. The freeze dried food needs to be mashed up with warm water.
Total time - 56 minutes
In total, taking care of Pixie only takes about 1 hour of my day. See, any lazy girl can take care of a lazy dog! Of course, this doesn't include all of the belly rubs and cuddling we do together. But that's what Pixie loves doing more than walks and I swear even eating. Luckily, belly rubs and cuddling can be done while lying on the couch watching Gossip Girl (I'm on Season 3!) on Netflix.
As Daisy posted on Instagram, Petsmart is doing a huge National Adoption Weekend. If you've always wanted to adopt a dog but thought you didn't have the time, I say you do. Adopt a lazy dog or an older dog. If you run into an underbite dog, snap a photo on Instagram and hashtag #underbiteunite so we can check them out. If you run into a toothless dog, hashtag #toothlessdog pretty please. We love seeing those dogs.