RALPH Speaks

The True Dog Parent Test

Every one “claims” to love their dog but only a few dog parents really do.

So I’ve devised a little test to determine if you’re a real loving dog parent.

Now we can’t get results until you finish the test, okay?

Here we go.

Step one: Scratch behind your dogs right ear for 10 minutes.

Step two: Scratch behind your dogs left ear for 10 minutes.

Step three: Repeat until your dog tires of this and wanders off.

If your dog never wanders off, you are a real dog parent.

If your dog does wander off, chase them down and start all over.

If this doesn’t seem like a very fair test, there’s an obvious reason for that.

You don’t have four legs and a tail.

I happen to think this is a fair test.

Go here to watch this adorable video.

It might make you cry.

You can watch the video while you do the dog test.

Tell me how many rounds you got to scratch your dogs ears below.

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  2. Avatar Of Gina

    Gina

    says:

    I started reading everyone’s comments right from the top, and there are plenty, and I’m sure that animal lovers outnumber animal abusers, but why then can’t animal neglect and abuse be stopped? The video made tears run uncontrollably down my face, and I agree with Dottie, my animals are far better than humans. All our animals have come to us in one way or another and we could not imagine our lives without any of them, and that time sure has to come too, but our homes and hearts are always open to a new furry face. After reading so many stories of animal abuse and signing so many petitions, it is a breath of fresh air to read all the above stories. I’m sure if we all had to sit around a table to tell our happy and sad stories, we’d sit for a ve…………..ry long time. Enjoy the festive season, I’m glad to know of you through your animals.

  3. Avatar Of Babinstine

    BABINSTINE

    says:

    OOPS THEY ARE GREAT DANE’S

  4. Avatar Of Babinstine

    BABINSTINE

    says:

    I AM OWNED BY 2 -2 YEAR OLD SISTERS. DOMINIQUE AND DESIREE’. THE TEST WASN’T FAIR. I ONLY HAVE 2 HANDS FOR 4 EARS, I WORKED THE BEST I COULD THEY HAD PATIENCE FOR ME. AFTER A HOUR THEY STILL WERE CIRCLING TAKING TURNS. I HAD A CHARILY HORSES. SO I TOOK THEM FOR A WALK AND A GOOD BRUSHING. THEY SLEPT ON ME FOR ANOTHER HOUR. MY LIFE WOULD BE SO EMPTY WITH OUT THEM.

  5. Avatar Of Jt

    JT

    says:

    My dog 1st allows ear scratches, then turns to allow butt scratches, then falls to the floor for tummy scratches, then goes to get the other 5 dogs so THEY can get scratches, then he lays his body across me to let me know he owns me and would like more scratches, then cat comes along, pushes all dogs out of his way so HE can get ear, butt, tummy scratches. This can go on for hours.

  6. Avatar Of Dee

    Dee

    says:

    My girls both love the rubbing and scratching Once I start they keep bugging over and over. They will both roll over on their backs and then want their bellies rubbed. Peanut, my Chihuahua, is the one who wants it the most. Daisy, my Lab Blue Tick mix, isn’t as much into it as Peanut, but she likes it too.

  7. I LOOKED AT THE DOGGINGTON POST SHARE I PUT ON FACEBOOK LAST NIGHT AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE THE CAPTION THAT WENT ALONG WITH IT. IT WAS A VERY STRANGE COMMENT/REPLY THAT SOMEONE HAD MADE ABOUT THE PARENT TEST. I AM EMBARRASSED THAT MY FRIENDS WILL SEE IT! PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT ASAP. COULD THIS BE SPAM? I AM VERY ANGRY. IF I DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU, I WILL REPORT THIS. SHARYN JAYCOXE

  8. Avatar Of Wendy Little

    Wendy Little

    says:

    My two fall asleep on my lap, one on each leg. i’m in trouble if the phone rings as the chocolate lab is 84.5lbs and the 6 month old lab mix is over 50lbs. I love them asleep on my lap. I don’t even mind if the chocolate lab drools on me:) while asleep.

  9. Avatar Of Dottie

    Dottie

    says:

    I passed the test BUT Iam NOT my dogs parent, I am her OWNER. I wouldn’t insult my dog by trying to make her human she is far better, she is a dog!!

  10. Avatar Of Lisha

    Lisha

    says:

    The husband and I are empty nesters as far as our 2 human children go. However, we have seven 4 legged children 3 of them are turtles Daniel,Peter and Paruzia, all spoiled, loved and pampered. The four dogs are as follows: Shya 13yrs blonde cocker,Mylez (Miles)9 yrs chihuahua,Xigo(She go)5yrs min pin and Dohzho 2 yrs male red nose pb. Rub any of these babies they will stay forever. They can never be close enough to us. Shya loves booty rubs. Mylez loves to stand and face me as I massage his little body. Dohzho loves to rub our tummies with his head. We cannot enter the house without Xigo flipping on her back to get a tummy rub.

  11. Avatar Of Sa2009Doxie sa2009Doxie says:

    I have 8 doxies, 2 new puppies, 1 husky/malamute and about 100 other farm animals all pets. Even my little goats call me maaaa. My potbelly pigs just grunt and nudge me to be rubbed.

    • Avatar Of Linda Whitlow

      LINDA WHITLOW

      says:

      I HAVE THREE CHICHUAHUA’S ELENA GORDITA LIPSTICK’.I DO RUB BEHIND THEIR EARS’AND THEY NEVER MOVE’ I KNOW THEY LOVE ME’ THEY ARE CONSTANT SITTING NEXT TO ME’AND FOLLOW ME ALL OVER THE HOUSE’.I SPOILED THEM YES’AND THEY ARE ALWAYS GIVEN TREATS. AND VERY WELL MANNERED’.I TAKE THEM ON REGULAR WALKS THREE TIMES A DAY’THEY HAVE THERE OWN BEDS’ THERE TOYS.I LOVE IT WHEN FIRST THING IN THE MORNING THEY RUN INTO MY ROOM AND JUMP ON THE BED TO LICK MY FACE’.

  12. Avatar Of Cal Orey cal orey says:

    Devoted Brittany duo parent but I’m too whooped to do the ears! 4 separate feedings per day of premium food; dog walk on the trail; working to pay for their bones, nail trims, teeth scalings (medical alert, nothing wrong $1000) taking them outdoors whenever it’s time to do their business…I want my ears scratched!
    Devoted dog mistress owned by two sporting dogs

  13. Avatar Of Brynda

    Brynda

    says:

    Gordon, my 5 yo bassett hound naturally loves to be scratched behind his long silky brown ears. The weight of his head drops right into my hands, the more I scratch the more weight I get of his skull.
    Gordon is handicapped, woke up about 2 months ago paralzyed in his rear quarters. We have no idea what happened to him. But Bless his heart, he now crawls around like a seal or walrus. He was so sad when it first happened, but his attitude is back to the the kind, sloppy, sleepy young fellar he is. Probably gonna have to buy him a “doggie” wheelchair, as he doesn’t like having to be still. He has adjusted so well to his situtation. Wants to be on the go and follow my husband all over. All David has to do is turn on the radio and Gordon is on the move towards the garage. Just wants to be there close so he can keep and eye on everything. I call him my “SLED PUPPY” as my husband loads him on a kids’ snow sled, and takes him in and out to use the bathroom. The docs tell us he may still recover more as time goes on, but of course there are no guarnetees. GORDON IS 60 LBS. OF PURE LOVE, HOPE AND LAZINESS. And yeah, he gets lots of ear scratches everyday, afterall, who can deny those deep brown eyes?

    • Avatar Of Pat Viera

      Pat viera

      says:

      Brynda, we have a man we call Uncle Lennie who raises funds and makes sure homeless and owned pets, where the owner cannot afford the vet care, get what ever they need. Recently he had a cart made for a little one that had back legs amputated. Maybe a cart would work for yours. I have 4 rescues. This is my most recent group. They are 5 and under. Over the years I have had so many. It so happens that the 4 I have were “Uncle Lennie’s” special cases, meaning they had been adopted and returned to shelter for whatever reason (I would say stupidity). Bottom line is that they have taken a toll on furniture & carpet, but who cares…..those are only things. The unconditional love you get, who cares if it costs a furniture leg or two….actually 6 πŸ™‚ Bottom line is we love them & they love us. My sister-in-law has a Bassett/Beagle named Angie, she is a bit overweight at 60 pounds but she is so cute. She likes to sleep til noon and whe travels about 1 foot per hour, but when she is tracking a scent she can move. Adorable breed. Mine are all mixed, have a Wolf hybrid/husky/shepherd, some sort of small herding dog, Native Carolina Tall Mountain Cur cross & Black & Tan coonhound who was left starving probably because she wouldn’t hunt. I lost my husband over 3 years ago and I can truthfully say these girls have saved my sanity & brought joy back into my life. God bless anyone who adopts!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Avatar Of Nancy Rosow

    Nancy Rosow

    says:

    Lucille gently asks me when she wants her ears scratched by burying her head just above my knees leaving her ears sticking out so I can bend over and scratch them both simultaneously. She does this every morning. I can’t leave the house ’til noon.

  15. Avatar Of Angela

    Angela

    says:

    I have a Maltese and a Maltipoo that I adore. I have done all of their grooming since they came home with me, and in return “Goldie” grooms me by biting imagined fleas on my hair and clothes….I think she is a “human” parent!

  16. Avatar Of Toni-Jo Heinze Menasco

    Toni-Jo Heinze Menasco

    says:

    What happens if your chihuahua is too hyper to sit still for that long?

  17. Avatar Of Lela Heslin lela heslin says:

    my husband and i have 2 little dogs and one big dog. We play with them all the time my female always barks at us for attention so when its just us i scratch behind her ears and she falls asleep on my lap our male loves to sleep under the blankets with us our big dog loves to run around in the back yard all day. oh yea i forgot to mention when we play the rainbow connection all three of the dogs get really silent and go to sleep.

  18. Avatar Of Twila Morgan

    twila morgan

    says:

    Ok, this is my 1st time on this site & I made my comment clear back in Feb. sometime, so I’ll repeat it–sorry! When I scratch my Sadie, (hate to call her a dog, puppy even sounds better)she doesn’t scratch my ear, but gives me all kinds of kisses, and scratches my hand so she can get more scratches, petting and loving. I think her kisses are better than the scratches, anyway they feel better! I can tell her I want a kiss and she always runs over and gives me one, two or more than I can count! She loves to give kisses!

  19. mine fell asleep and is still here on my lap. YAY!! Guess Im a good doggie mama! Love my Bailey Boo! <3

  20. Avatar Of Laura Wilson

    laura wilson

    says:

    i scratched so long my german sherpard was nibbling my chin in excitment

  21. Avatar Of J. Annie Jackson

    J. Annie Jackson

    says:

    Sorry could not do any scratching anywhere. Our babies are so full of energy all they want to do is play. But will try the scratching when it is time for nighty-nite, they are usually calm and/or worn out by then.
    3 ankle biters and 1 crazy cat, all rescues. Every pet we have ever had were rescue animals. And we all have shed many tears at the passing of each.
    For whatever reason rescue pets are the best!

    • Avatar Of Cheri cheri says:

      because they cannot get over the unconditional love rescuers like you have provided them with; i’m emotional and my eyes moist just thinking about these rescue dogs so eager to love back their rescuers.

  22. Avatar Of Wendy

    Wendy

    says:

    Well still scratching the dogs ears on both dogs and havd two other dogs waiting their turns so I guess I can check the right bos saying I am a doggie parent. Thanks!

  23. Avatar Of Susie

    Susie

    says:

    My girl, the daughter i never had (human wise) Mandy does not ever tire or walk off. I can go on for hours & hours……. When my hand feels like it will fall off & I pause she moves closer to me and nudges me to continue till I do. When I am on my laptop she lay’s on top of it to have me continue.

    I thought I rescued her from a shelter six years ago but the truth is she rescued me. She is my only rescue & the best dog I have ever had. I take her with me anywhere “a dog” is allowed.

    She sings to my husband for cookies & he has taught her to say Mommy & No.

    Mandy is a 12pd schnauzer/dachshund mix. Everywhere I take her people say how cute she is and ask what breed she is.

    Love you Mandy & God Bless You all

  24. Avatar Of Ronda

    Ronda

    says:

    Must be true love….my Lacy now has all 28lbs of loving dachshund in my lap in peaceful bliss. πŸ™‚

  25. Avatar Of Diane Favier

    Diane Favier

    says:

    My dog liked it but also wanted his belly rubbed.

  26. Avatar Of Kim

    Kim

    says:

    Uh, I switched between all five of my dogs and I am still going. Do I pass the test?

  27. Avatar Of Wrappedaroundpaws

    wrappedaroundpaws

    says:

    Well I’ve tried taking this test several times and never got back to post because I am simply NOT allowed to stop….white mini schnauzer and a rescued pit mix….both are sweeties but the schnzer is so spoiled he smells…the mix actually purrs when I love on her behind the ears…..man I love these animals

  28. Avatar Of Denise

    Denise

    says:

    I give her a massage everyday. I scratch her whole body. first her back,then her tummy and legs. So Doing just behind her ears, She would just look at me and growl as if to say your not done. LOL. I love my dog almost as much as my daughter

  29. My 12yr old 40pd Pit Bull(Boo Boo) has always loved her ears played with since I took her from her mom at an hour old she weighed 9grams and was to tiny to suckle.I’m scratching behind her ears all the time.She gets this far away look and cocks her head to the side and eventually she closes her eyes and leans against my hand until her front legs start to slide she out.It’s been over an hour now and my hand and arm is asleep and so is she.And my two orphaned 10wk old baby chipmunks are running all over her and me.

  30. Avatar Of Reva

    Reva

    says:

    I hardly remember not having a dog. A lot of the ones I have had recently had were rescues. A pit/shepherd mix adopted at pound, a corgi mix dumped by my house while I was outside, a dapple doxie at shelter where I was working, and even a rescued abandoned kitten I found with the hair and skin torn off her tail. The pit mix and corgi mix lived long lives with me 12 and 13 yrs respectively. I still have the doxie, bobtail cat (after tail amputation) and have added 3 yorkies to the mix. I actually chose these. When I start petting or scratching, it is a free for all with all 4 dogs and Bella, the cat for attention. It takes about 30 minutes for them to be satisfied until the next time. Bella, Ginobili (doxie), and Yorkies, Duke, Tiago and Paisley think I am a good parent no matter what anyone else thinks. Most nights find all 5 of them in bed with me. I don’t know what I would do without them although it is pretty hectic at times. They give me unconditional love and I try to see that they each get this from me as well.

  31. Avatar Of Fran

    Fran

    says:

    well, when i first tried she didn’t know what to think and walked away. I said, don’t you want some more? So, she decided to come right back!

  32. Avatar Of Robin Beltrami

    Robin Beltrami

    says:

    I’m still scratching….Dino is a 140 pound baby who I think is asleep because his eyes are closed….no wait I stopped and now he’s lifting up my arm….lololol. I LOVE MY BABY

  33. Avatar Of Debbie

    Debbie

    says:

    Ok, I went to try the test on my Rottie girl, KB, and she was fast asleep! I went to try the test on my little found in the street dog, Pup. (I think he is an old Corgi guy.) and he was asleep too! They both were dreaming away so I guess I’ll leave them too their dreams right now and try the test later. Does that make me a good Doggie Mommy?

  34. Avatar Of Barbara Masi Barbara Masi says:

    I can scratch the Greyhounds but cannot reach up high enough to get behind my Wolfhound’s ears. And – if he’s on all fours, he is usually running with the Greyhounds so it’s too hard to catch them all. But they are all wonderful creatures – I love them so. Even all the dogs in my Greyhound kennel waiting for adoption.

  35. Avatar Of Dorothy

    Dorothy

    says:

    I have a minischnauzer.He loves to be petted all over so just the ears doesn’t work for him. He especially loves having his belly rubbed. He gets scratched and petted at least 30 minutes before we get out of bed then several times a day. He is a real “hands on” dog.

  36. Avatar Of Dawn

    Dawn

    says:

    I rub behind my dogs’ ears daily and every night… It actually puts them to sleep.. My small dog loves it when his ears are rubbed… Dale Earnhardt, my smallest dog always comes back for more… I tend to rub his ears when he is in a seizure and it seems to calm him down some..

  37. Avatar Of Nina Nina says:

    I love dogs. They live in the moment. They don’t lie. They offer unconditional love. Twelve years ago, I adopted Baxter, “Mi Angelito” a Tibetan terrier from Atlanta Pet Rescue. He is now 14 and not as sprightly as he used to be (neither am I, for that matter!). He doesn’t move around too much and I dread the thought of his going over the Rainbow Bridge, although I know he will be there waiting for me along with Kasha, Kirsha, Maxfield and Chaplin, all adopted. A year and a half ago, I adopted Penelope, a Pekingese from SAFE Pet Rescue. She is enchanting and loves to play. We play a lot! She loves having her belly scratched. I call her “Mi Chinita”. This past January, I adopted (from SAFE) the cutest Maltese. We looked into each other’s eyes and it was love at first sight. Her name is Luna and she looks like a little fluffy cloud. I call her “Luna, Lunita, Cascabelera” (jingle bells). When I am in my home office, both lie down under my desk. If I leave the room, they follow me and come back when I return. Sometimes I trip over them. Penelope and Luna vie for my attention. If I am brushing one, the other sits there and waits for her turn. Baxter doesn’t want to get in the bed anymore, so he sleeps in his bed. Penelope and Luna do sleep with me and cuddle up next to my pillow. I love them all so… They are my sunshine… I believe I am a good mother and all three are my babies.

  38. Avatar Of Jack Mullin Jack Mullin says:

    My dog Baby who I had for over 15 years passed away a couple of years ago and I decided that I would never get another dog . The pain I felt when she died has never gone completely away , it’s subsided a little but its still there . I include her in all my prayers everyday . I love her just as much today as I ever did when she was alive . Does that make me a good dog owner ?

    • Avatar Of Debbie

      Debbie

      says:

      Hey Jack,

      I saw your comment on here about your dog, “Baby”. You should get another dog! There are sooooo many of them that would love a good home. It would be a great tribute to “Baby”! I have a nearly 8 year old rottie mix that is the best dog I ever had! She is pretty
      robust and healthy right now but I think ahead about when it is her time. I figure we have lots of good times left. But I cannot imagine my life without her! I’m currently dog-sitting my son’s one year old aussie and that pup is getting on every single nerve KB has! LOL! She DOES not want to play with Oeddie at all and avoids him at all costs! I guess dogs want to pick their own buddies too and notbe forced to play with “youngsters!”

      Anyway, Take good care!

      Debbie & KB from Texas

    • Avatar Of Gina

      Gina

      says:

      Your heart is big enough for a new Baby and the old one wouldn’t want you to stop having animals; you’re not replacing the old Baby, you simply pouring your love onto another, I’m sure your heart is is big enough for a new Baby to find it’s own spot, next to the other Baby’s. Come on, don’t be selfish, dogs aren’t.

  39. Avatar Of Cindy C.

    Cindy C.

    says:

    Mine would rather have her belly rubbed does that count?? It would be all the X,,If I didnt have to go potty every once in a while!! Plus when ever I walk by her she spreads those legs for a belly rub!! Yes I always stop & give her that belly rub!! Love my little Fur Babie “”Peaches””!!!!

  40. Avatar Of Cindy Orr cindy orr says:

    I have done rescues for over 40 years,61 years young now, and I have 8 at the present time. There is a 100 lb black lab,a german shepard,a beagle,2 sisters-half pit,half boston terrier,a pug and 2 boxers.There is nothing like the reactions of a rescue dog after they realize they get fed everyday,they have beds and blankets,fresh water,no beatings,no fear,a kind word,a hug,comfort when something scares them,treats,medicine to cure them and quiet times-one on one-where they don’t have to compete for attention. The ones I have now can’t be rehomed due to medical or emotional scars that just won’t heal.They have their forever home with me.People say it’s so good of me to rescue them,what people don’t know is that the dogs rescue me everyday,with their unconditional love,kisses and looks in their eyes as they follow me from room to room,just like a parade! Wouldn’t trade my experiences,tears,laughter,joy and heartaches when I let one go to the Rainbow Bridge for anything in the world.

    • Avatar Of Reva

      Reva

      says:

      Rescues are so special and they really do appreciate the lucky break they got when they found someone to love them and care for them every day for the rest of their lives. I notice that everytime I have taken in a pet that was homeless. That and all the frogs, lizards, giant grasshoppers,earthworms, and snakes that my rescued cat, Bella, gifted me with. She delights in bringing me creatures she has found, much to the delight of my 2 oldest grandsons. I hate to go to an animal shelter or look at pictures of dogs that are awaiting adoption or facing euthanization. If I had the room and the means, I would take them all. I wish every pet belonged to a responsible pet owner.

    • Avatar Of Cheri cheri says:

      we hv 7 dogs and they all bark and howl each time i get home from work, and boy, is the place noisy! they get all excited mommy’s home! how they love me because i loved them first, from the start since they were pups; i don’t do the ear scratch routine, but i know i have their unconditional love.

  41. Avatar Of Anita Cooper

    Anita Cooper

    says:

    I have 5 of the most spoiled poms, Sheba, Solomon,Princess, Duchess and Booty I can’t leave the house alone if I don’t take them they carry on so bad while I am gone so I usually take them everywhere I go Duchess loves to have her belly scratched she jumps on my bed every night while I am getting ready for bed and rolls over Princess also sleeps with me and loves to get scratch while the other 3 roam the house and find their beds I couldn’t live without them especially since I lost my husband to cancer and live alone in a very larg house without my poms I would go crazy. Love them to death…<3 <3

  42. Avatar Of Dusty Rhodes

    Dusty Rhodes

    says:

    I am owned by three German Shepherd dogs and one genuine rescue mutt puppy and two genuine rescue mutt cats and a bitchy bird. The Shepherds will take my hand in their mouth and walk me to the door, so I can let them out and throw tennis balls for them to fetch, but…frisbees are their most favorite thing to chase……Well…….OK third most favorite behind rabbits and squirrels.

  43. Avatar Of Paul Pabst

    Paul Pabst

    says:

    Have three dogs, Two on my lap to get scratched and my lab on the floor next to me. All want to scrached at same time. Won’t leave till i’m done. My workout for each day.

  44. Avatar Of Barbara

    Barbara

    says:

    My shiz zue fell asleep in my arms as I scratched her ears, but I also sing “You are my Sunshine” to her and her sister when I hold them in the evening till they fall asleep. Then I carry them to bed, give them a cookie and we sleep till morning. Usually with my arm around them both. They are my life.

    • Avatar Of Kitty

      Kitty

      says:

      I sing the same song to my Hyjack. He just listens and smiles until he falls asleep. Then I cover him up and he won’t move till morning. I love my dog so much.

  45. Avatar Of Debby Ledbetter

    Debby Ledbetter

    says:

    This sweet Pom of mine will NOT leave! & then wants more on his tummy or in the favorite of many pups; at the end of his back just where the tail starts! He is SO different now! From a rescue to me! I am sooo fortunate he picked me! & the feeling is mutual! Dogs ARE the best! I love em all!

  46. Avatar Of Debi Hite

    Debi Hite

    says:

    if i scratch behind my dogs ear he lays down and has this kinda smile and goes to sleep and if i stop he sits up for more so i do.

  47. Avatar Of Mindy mindy says:

    when i scratched my dogs ears they love it! i would still be doing it my one boxer/pitt would suck it up all day he thinks he’s a little lap dog and his only purpose is to be petted and pampered!!

  48. Avatar Of Lin

    Lin

    says:

    I have two Great Danes,when I scratch behind their ears they will not leave me for any reason. Eventually they hike their huge behinds up to share my chair, bend those huge heads around to rest on my knee. When they start to snore I know that I have done right by them.

  49. Avatar Of Joe

    Joe

    says:

    Shadow (Babys) just rolls over on her back and has me scratch her belly, and s t r e t c h e s way out and sighs a deep sigh and falls asleep. Not your ‘typical’ Rottie behaviour, lol.

  50. Avatar Of Pat

    Pat

    says:

    I have two beautiful poms,their names are Prissy and Sassy.I try to scratch both left ears of each one.They get peeved off cause they want both ears scratched at the same time.They don’t like sharing the “Scratch”.You caused a problem for me.They turned around and walked away from me and went to Daddy to see if he could do a better job.He couldn’t and now they are depressed.Thanks a lot! I don’t like them having to go to bed depressed.So,Prissy is pouting while awaiting her turn to be scratched after Sassy.Have a good night!

  51. Avatar Of Josefineanne

    JosefineAnne

    says:

    None of my four dogs ever runs away from me. I have to pet two of them at a time while the other two wait their turn. Thay are always at my feet whether I am sitting, standing or walking. I think they really like me.

  52. Avatar Of Shangoo

    shangoo

    says:

    i have 2 eighty-five pound American pit bull terriers baby and doobie! doobie hogs the pillows and baby like to kick me outta bed

  53. Avatar Of Jeannie Jeannie says:

    I would give anything to be able to scratch behind my Bo’s ears right now. We had to send him to doggie heaven March 3rd. . . I’m still mourning!

    • Avatar Of Eileen

      Eileen

      says:

      So sorry for your loss, Jeannie. πŸ™

    • Avatar Of Debi

      Debi

      says:

      I’m sorry for your loss Jeannie~I too sent my sweet Pebblz to the Rainbow Bridge to wait for me in April. I have adopted a my Pixie & realized I have plenty of room in my heart & my Taz needed another playmate! Hang in there~maybe you can find another love to scratch behind their ears…

    • Avatar Of Gail

      Gail

      says:

      I know how you feel! I still cry when I think about my little Morty. 16 1/2 years of unconditional love. Miss him an awful lot.

  54. Avatar Of Pam

    Pam

    says:

    My little Gibbs came to help my daughter recover from a brain injury. In the nursing home, he quickly learned the routine and became everybody’s baby. At home, he leads the older dog Tippy around by the ears. No cage, no kennel. Both sleep where they want, go where they want in the house. Gibbs loves to sleep across my neck with his little face next to mine, waiting on kisses to his little face. Some say he is spoiled. Some say they would “get rid” of “that dog”. Six months ago my daughter died. Now, little Gibbs licks away my tears and gives Tippy and me a reason to get up in the morning.

    • Avatar Of Kellie Naples-Wegner

      Kellie Naples-Wegner

      says:

      Iam so sorry for your loss,Gibbs sounds like a very special little dog.

    • Avatar Of Fran

      Fran

      says:

      That dog is special. If she eased any of your daughter’s suffereing, and is now helping you-well, boy what a special dog!!

  55. Avatar Of Elaine

    Elaine

    says:

    I have four dogs and you can’t scratch one behind the ears without all of them vying for attention. However, they do get very excited when they hear me call them. The boys like to cuddle with me more than the girls do, there are two male and two female. I think that’s more because the girls know the boys are the alpha of the group. When I have my girls alone they are both equally as affectionate. They love being loved and look for the hugs and kisses all the time, which are plentiful in my household. I think I love my dogs more than I love my man. LOL

  56. Avatar Of Kapi

    Kapi

    says:

    I have 6 rottweilers and they all jockey for position to have anything on them scratched. You want a good test, try vacuuming your dog with the hose attachment, and if he lays down and closes his eyes completely relaxed, you’re a twisted dog parent.

    • Avatar Of Terri

      Terri

      says:

      I have 1 Rottweiler but have owned them all my life. If a rott lays down completely relaxed while you use the hose to vacuum him, your not just a twisted dog parent, the dog is in the prozac again. πŸ™‚ (Extra good parent that is very trusted)

      I have never had one that didn’t view the vacuum (and mower) as a mortal enemy. The ears… mine have always love that. Now I must post whether I am good, good and twisted or ready for the Prozac myself.

  57. Avatar Of Billferr

    billferr

    says:

    I treat my 3 large German shepherds like my kids, very few rules
    1) don’t chew the furniture
    2) don’t crap in the house
    3) protect their human family
    I think that’s it.
    I don’t make them do lots of silly tricks, I want them to be REAL dogs.
    They get the run of the house and the yard, they go everywhere I go,
    They get the best food, treats and toys I can find.
    I take them to the park several times a day and let them run after balls until
    They just want to lay around and sleep.
    Oh, I don’t mind if they bite me, I just bite them back

  58. Avatar Of Kathleen

    Kathleen

    says:

    I scratched so long behind her ears that she and I fell asleep on my bed. Does that count? LOL

  59. Avatar Of Karen Williams

    Karen Williams

    says:

    can’t type well with one hand, still scratching…and scrathing…and scratching…lol

  60. I scratched one dog with my left hand and the other dog with my right hand and neither one walked off. They sat there and let me scratch and rub until my arms where sore. Does that make me a good parent? It should make me a double good Mommy.

  61. Avatar Of Pamela

    pamela

    says:

    My Dog wont leave. so I guess I am a good Dog parent LOL

  62. Avatar Of Ronnie

    Ronnie

    says:

    I scratched the left ear, I scratched the right ear, I stoped. She grabbed my arm with her paw until I did it again and again and again. soooooooo…..what now.

  63. Avatar Of Margie

    Margie

    says:

    she doesn’t leave my side…. Must be a good sign.

  64. Avatar Of Mommie Mommie says:

    Now I scratch behind Austins ear for as long as he can stand now, he’s a Lab/Shepard mix who is almost 13 years old. And Mommie is in just as bad shape as him. But when we go to bed I do lay on my bed and rub his belly, scratch behind his ears, and talk to him, and see the love in his eyes. I know his time with me is limited now, so I cherish the private times we have now. He’s my big baby, and no other dog could ever take his place. Thank you Lord for him.

  65. Avatar Of Dusty Rhodes

    Dusty Rhodes

    says:

    We have three GSD’s and one genuine rescue muttpuppy, all of them will let us scratch behind their ears and will bump each other out of the way if the dogs think one is monopolizing the scratching hands. The muttpuppy can, with head held high, walk under the German Shepherds. She is a very secure little girl. Our two cats will, at times, sleep on top of our largest male GSD.

  66. I have three dogs and this test is a full time job.

  67. Avatar Of Carol Minich

    Carol Minich

    says:

    My white Miniature Schnauzer Mia would let me scratch behind her ears all day long if I had the energy to do that! And, in the morning after some ear scratching she gets a back massage from me. She has yet to give me one. Yes, she sleeps in my bed with me.

  68. Avatar Of Nadine Mcfarland

    Nadine McFarland

    says:

    Both my Pomeranian and my collie/red wolf mix will never go away when I scratch behind their ears. I finally had to tell them my hands have gone to sleep and I can no longer move them. I know I am a true dog parent. They also give me kisses and my Pom, Gabriel wants to clean my eyes, kiss my hand and give lots of mouth kisses (which entails keeping my mouth closed or he will lick the inside of my mouth too.)

  69. Avatar Of Minpin Mama

    minpin mama

    says:

    My dogs didn’t like the test. They (all three) don’t like having their ears touched. However, they (yes, all three) burrowed further under the blankets with me on the couch and enjoyed a rotating “under the collar” scratching”. Which, by the way, I will get a very emphatic nudging by them should I stop for a moment for any reason.

  70. Avatar Of Jeannette

    jeannette

    says:

    Well, I did the test, my Peke Shanghai, hasn’t moved yet and that was an hour ago.
    Does drooling and snoring count? He’s doing that right now, all over my lap.

  71. I am definitely a loving dog parent, my dog never wanders off!! My fingers, hands, and arms tire from appeasing her(that word just seems to fit). I truly believe she is attached to my hip, legs, feet, etc. But the best part is: she is attached to my heart~!! Doesn’t that make her a loving dog child? πŸ™‚

    • Avatar Of Pique

      Pique

      says:

      Sharon, I heard, before I got my chihuahua, that they lie on your heart and I found that to be true literally and figuratively. When my boy was a puppy, he slept under my chin, on my chest. Now fully grown, and NOT a teacup, he still has nights that he tries. He seems to give up after a short time, realizing that some how or another it’s just not as comfortable as it once was. And being completely under his paw, I suffer it out until he gives it up.

      • Avatar Of Carol Minich

        Carol Minich

        says:

        My daugher had an 80 lb pit bull/lab mix and a 60 lb pit bull and they both thought they were lap dogs. But they were sneaky, first one paw would get to the lap, then the other, then the head finally they’d (one at a time) be sitting on your lap with their head on your shoulder. When there, they would hold perfectly still hoping that if they didn’t move you wouldn’t notice that 60 or 80 lb dog crusing your lap and chest. They were soooo cute.

  72. Avatar Of Kate

    kate

    says:

    I have 6 rescue children from a maltese-yorkie to a labradoole they are all lap children not only do they like to be scratched behind their ears for 30-45 mins I don’t have enough hands, but I have divised a way they all aare getting touched, then I get touched up my nose,ears,feet or any skin they can touch..What you think???

  73. Avatar Of Ownedbydogs OwnedByDogs says:

    A couple of my dogs like to clean my eye sockets (which involves me closing my eyes very tightly) and my ears. And they nibble on me whan I’m scratching them. (It’s called reciprocal grooming.) Do I qualify?

  74. Avatar Of Pam Brostean Pam Brostean says:

    None of mine will leave until I tell them that’s enough lol.

  75. Avatar Of Christina

    christina

    says:

    Harley just sat there and fell asleep.

  76. Avatar Of Brenda Larkin

    Brenda Larkin

    says:

    I think I failed…. Puddin, my 11 yr old golden retriever/chow mix, doesn’t like her ears touched. And Goofy, my 18 mos old black lab/great dane mix, will go get a toy and want to play instead.

  77. Avatar Of Charlene

    Charlene

    says:

    dallas and dixie climb on lap and place front paws on shoulders and lick my face and neck. they will take all the attention they can get. if i try to stop, they will follow me around the house.

  78. Avatar Of Janet

    Janet

    says:

    I have 4 dogs, 3 small and one German Shepard so……my hands never step even when I’m i’m the tub my big boy sits next to it get rubbed…. now that is love but it’s returned 100 fold….

  79. Avatar Of Rich Crone

    Rich Crone

    says:

    What if your dog immediately rolls over and wants his belly scratched?

  80. Avatar Of Karen

    Karen

    says:

    He never left and then he laid down and I had to rub his belly until he went to sleep. My hands are sore, but he is so worth it. Love my yellow lab, Logan. He’s the best!!

  81. Avatar Of Sandra Sellar

    sandra sellar

    says:

    I had to quit. My hands fell off! I have 3 dogs (all rescue)

  82. Avatar Of Corinne Hodges

    corinne hodges

    says:

    could not do test as i have 6 chihuahuas and it would have been to hard, besides they were on my lap. i just let them find their place on my lap and i watch TV and they nap. does this make me a good dog parent

  83. Avatar Of Renee

    Renee

    says:

    If I start scratching behind her ear….she’ll never leave. If she does move it’s to get her butt rubbed right over her tail. Her “favorite” spot for scritchin.

  84. Avatar Of Kyle

    Kyle

    says:

    The dog won’t leave. I’m getting carpal tunnel!

  85. Avatar Of Admin

    admin

    says:

    Cathie, if the dog scratches behind your ears it’s true love.

    • Avatar Of Sherry Kamer sherry kamer says:

      well i guess im a really good true dog parent cause when i scratches mine behind the ear he turns and climbs up on my shouldwer and scratches me behind my ear. and so dose my girl dogs. u c i hve both male and female dogs

      • Avatar Of Twila Morgan

        twila morgan

        says:

        My Sadie (I hate to call her a dog, even puppy sounds better) doesn’t scratch me behind my ear, but she gives me all kinds of kisses and scratches my hand, so she can get more scratches and petting.

  86. Avatar Of Chathie

    Chathie

    says:

    What happens if the dog scratches behind your ear? Does that make the dog a good parent? I LOVE IT! Please do more.

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