It's possible that I am addicted to my dogs. I'm spreading the word about the Pets Add Life campaign, or PAL as it's referred to, and it got me thinking about my "addiction". The whole purpose of PAL is to talk about how amazing it is being a pet parent and how it brings great things to your life and to encourage others to be pet parents. I can get on board with that! And, according to Dr. Phil I'm definitely addicted to my dogs. His 10 signs of addiction are:
1) Recurrent failure (pattern) to resist impulses. Guilty. I'm constantly faced with impulses to give my dogs treats and love and attention, and I always give in.
2) Frequently engaging in those behaviors to a greater extent or over a longer period of time than intended. Guilty again. "Oh, don't give me that look...ok, ok...here's another treat! Yes, I love you!"
3) Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to stop, reduce or control those behaviors. Yup. That's me. I constantly tell myself that I'm caving in to cuteness, but I always do it anyways.
4) Inordinate amount of time spent in obtaining the object of addiction and/or engaging in or recovering from the behavior. Well, I definitely go out of my way to give my dogs attention, which only makes them throw me the 'treat' eyes, which ends up with me giving them treats. However, I'm not sure I will ever recover from this action and I'm not sure I want to!
5) Preoccupation with the behavior or preparatory activities. Since my husband tells me I like my dogs more than him due to giving them my constant attention, I believe 'preoccupation' applies to me. Hold on, Twiggy need me...be right back! :)