Before I got my first Newfoundland I read all the books. I spoke with people and asked all the questions that I thought I was supposed to. I thought that I had all the answers and was ready to go but little did I know that I would never be prepared until I actually lived the Newfie lifestyle first hand.
There would be great things and there would be some not so great things. There would fun times and there would be sad times.
There would be easy things and there would be some things that are nearly impossible to do.
10 Things That Are Very, Very Hard To Do If You Have A Newfoundland:
Throw some seed down, water it and watch it grow. Sounds easy enough right? After 10 years I’ve finally realized that the only way grass even has a small chance of growing in my yard is if the dogs aren’t allowed to walk on it for over a year. We’re in month 8 of a new patch so I’ll let you know how that works out for us in 4 months.
Keep a clean floor.
There’s either hair, slobber, water, mud or a combination of all of them on your floor. I think that my record for keeping a floor spotless is 30 minutes and that’s because it was nap time.
Drink coffee without dog hair in it.
I don’t know how it gets in there, the mug comes out of the cupboard and over to the coffee pot. Must be hair growing in the pot.
Watching t.v. is a simple pleasure right? Not if you have a Newfoundland that wants something. No matter where your T.V. is placed, he will sit in front of it and block it with his big, fluffy head.
Be an introvert
Newfies are people magnets. I’ve determined that you can not go out with your Newfoundland without someone stopping to talk to you and/or take a picture. I use to be an introvert and it was exhausting. I would try to get out with one of the boys to recharge and collect my thoughts but I would come home overstimulated and exhausted.
Work from home.
They are ALWAYS in your face. What ya doin? Let me outside. Rub my belly. Take me for a walk. Can I have a cookie? Of course you can, who needs to pay bills anyway?
If you allow your Newfoundland to share your bed with you probably know that it can be a challenge to get a good night sleep no matter what size bed you have because it’s like sleeping with a hairy, hot air breathing person.
Leave the house without slobber or dog hair on some article of clothing.
My husband and I use to argue about who was going to give the boys a treat if we were going out somewhere in our fancy clothes, especially if it was raining. I remember one time I actually put my rob over my clothes and proceeded to head out of the house that way. Now, we really don’t care, we just give each other a quick once over.
(or any snack for that matter) in peace. One for me, ten for you.
Go to the bathroom alone.
Either they bust their way through the door and sit directly in front of you while you’re taking care of business or they bang their head against the door so hard that you think the door is going to come crashing down.
Make dinner without tripping.
Newfoundlands are always by your side. And under your feet. Especially when you’re trying to prepare a meal. It never fails, they either sneak up behind you and lay down or lay in front of every single appliance that you need to get into it.
Keep your windows and window sills clean.
At any given time you can look at my front window and see nose prints half way up and a few dried slobber strings. The sliding door will never be fully clean again because that’s a favorite spot for both dogs to lay. They press their dirty bodies up against it and leave their mark.
Have a refrigerator that doesn’t have dog hair in it.
It doesn’t matter how often wipe out my fridge, there’s always dog hair in it. I think it just magically flies in whenever someone opens the door.
Leave the house without feeling guilty.
Those eyes they give you when you leave without them are so sad and then you come home and they’re laying by the door waiting for and you know they haven’t moved since you left.
But who am I kidding? No matter how hard some things are with these guys, life is so much better with them in it and I wouldn’t change that for anything. So how about you? What things do you find very, very hard to do with your dog?