For many, if not all, dog owners, our dogs are like our babies and must be cared for as such. Dogs require lots of love and attention, and not all of us can provide that all of the time. And that's OK. That's why there are services out there like doggy daycares. They provide you and your pup with a multitude of benefits, all of which I can personally affirm from my experience working at a doggy daycare.
Dogs are wonderful creatures, full of love and joy, and they enrich our lives every day with their presence. Their hairy, stinky, sharp nailed presence. Like all pets, dogs require care. Some more than others, but even the low maintenance ones still need someone to care for them.
Nature is a part of everyone's life, whether we make the conscious effort to make it or not. We need nature on a deep and fundamental level and unfortunately, over the centuries, we have alienated ourselves from nature and other living things. Humans build cities in a fashion that is detrimental to nature and disconnects us from it. Even our homes are often built the same way.
It was 2004. I was in the first half of the fifth grade and my sister in the second grade. I had been asking (begging) for my parents to get a dog for as long as I can remember. And one day, seemingly out of the blue, they casually mentioned that they were considering it. Now I don't quite remember how I reacted, whether it was stunned silence or screaming my head off, but I know I was excited beyond belief, and so was my sister. This was the first time we really had a chance at getting a dog.
"Grooming" is an instinctive behaviour that all animals have. Simply defined, it is the mechanism to keep oneself clean and free from parasites and sickness. This can range in behaviours from licking, wiping, scratching, bathing, to more human behaviours such as brushing hair, shaving, nail clipping, and skin care. For dogs, they can take care of the basics, such as licking their fur to keep it clean and wearing down their nails (claws) by being active outdoors.