Having a Dog in the City

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Let me just state that Harlow and I love our new place. Can I still call it "new" by the way? We've only been here three months so I think yes.

He loves being on the top floor so that he can look out the window (from the top of the staircase) and talk shit to the mailman several floors down, on the sidewalk. It's really an unfair advantage, but that doesn't stop Harlow.

Our new neighborhood also has several more stray cats than our previous one did so that's been "fun" for Harlow, as well... You can tell they're tough cats when a dog passes by and they don't even flinch or move but instead give a glare that says, "what'chu gonna do about it?"

They drive Harlow absolutely nuts. It's pretty humorous.

It's also nice to finally live in a home that gets sunlight and doesn't feel like a damp, dark dungeon. Natural light is hard to come by in city apartments.

As I said, it's been a good move from our previous apartments. That is until we have a night like last night... All of our other places have been on the first floor and have had a yard (albeit a small one) but it was still useful.

Harlow doesn't get up in the middle of the night, so I know when he jumped out of bed at 4:00 a.m. I knew something must be up. I let him out on the rooftop to use his puppy pad- something we use as a last resort in the winter since the hose is turned off, but the second he got out there he looked at me like, "I don't think you want to do what I'm about to do on this fake grass.."

So we both sprinted downstairs to grab his leash, I grabbed whatever coat I could find, and then hauled ass outside in my slippers before it was too late.

I'll spare you the details, but between the hours of 4:00- 6:00 a.m. the poor guy had to go outside 8 different times. It was dark and cold and just starting to snow a bit as I walked him up and down the block over and over. All that I could think about for those two hours was how having a yard would be pretty damn nice in a moment like this.

So I hope that all of you dog owners with backyards know how good you have it! Don't ever take it for granted. I'm not complaining (well I am a little because I'm tired) but sometimes having a dog in the city is just a little more work than I knew it would be.

On the bright side (for Harlow) since he's never had a big yard he simply doesn't know life without 3-5 walks a day and at least 2 stops at the park. Even when we go to Nebraska and my parents have a nice big yard for him to play in he still uses it for bathroom breaks only and then will come inside and be like, "time for the park now, yes?"

Anyway, I always feel so bad when dogs are sick because they have to practice so much self control waiting on their owner to get their ass moving so they can get outside. It makes me sad to think of dogs who are left alone for long periods of time and have no choice but to go inside and then will probably get punished because of it. I don't know why mind goes to those what-if situations but it does.

Back to happy thoughts of nice dogs with good owners.

Today Harlow will be eating pumpkin puree mixed with his kibble (it helps with #2 issues) and I'll be drinking a ton of coffee (it helps with #2 issues.) I'm the worst, I meant I'll be having coffee because I'm tired but I can't turn away a good poop joke when one presents itself.

The good news is that today is February. We made it through January! How many more days until spring?


  1. How many more days 'till the next public holiday for those of us in full time jobs, that is the question!

    I live in a city too, and I couldn't imagine having a dog. It just wouldn't feel fair for the poor thing!

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  2. Poor Harlow! I hope he's feeling better!

  3. I had no idea about the pumpkin puree! This is why I come to your blog- for the educational experience. That, and the poop jokes. I'll never take my backyard for granted again. It's not fenced in, so my dog is always on a 40 foot lead, but at least she has an outside all her own.

  4. I feel you on having a dog in the city. Those 2am emergency walks are never fun. I usually ask my husband to take care of those walks since we live by a busy pedestrian path and I don't like being out in the middle of the night by myself.
    As a side note, our little pup is allergic to pumpkin so we sub it out for sweet potato! Just something to keep in mind if Harlow gets tired of the pumpkin :)

  5. "I don't think you want to do what I'm about to do on this fake grass.." BAHAHAHA yeah Tay, next time you have tummy troubles, I don't think you wanna poop on any grass (real or fake) either. Dying, cant help it.

    I owe you an email response .. ahhh

  6. ROFL at the last paragraph! I'm a cat gal, but I can still appreciate the hardships the entire family must endure when a pet has tummy issues. I hope he's feeling better!

  7. Poor sweet harlow! Hope his tummy gets better!

  8. I had no idea that pumpkin puree helps. Once in a while my guy's stomach acts up and I always feel so bad for him. I hope Harlow is feeling better now!

  9. Not bragging here at all, but the fenced yard was a LIFESAVER when we were potty training Ellie. She just could not figure it out and then we fenced in the yard and she realized she had free reign and now we can barely get her inside on a nice day. But, I do wish we lived closer to the city (we're in the Charlotte suburbs and have to drive ev.ery.where) so it's a double edged sword! I hope Harlow is feeling better today after the pumpkin!

  10. I have had a number of dogs over the years but we have always had a back yard for the dogs to run around and do their business in in fact we have never been ones to take the dogs for a walk but didn't matter as they were always running around the back yard

  11. We are beyond thankful for our tiny back yard -- my two pups are total outside dogs. If it were up to them, we would have a revolving door. However, they do drive us nuts on occasion from wanting out literally after we just let them in. Harlow is so lucky to have you ♥ Hope he feels better! Also, your poop jokes had me laughing!

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