So I’ve had a cold for what feels like forever. OK, it’s only been 9 days but it sure feels like a lot longer. Graciously, I gave my cold to my husband a few days ago and assumed “chief dog walker” position this weekend as he slogs through the thick of it. I know all of the solo dog humans out there agree we both have it pretty easy being able to tag team like this at all!

Anyway, this scenario has meant more than a few dog walks these past few days where I have probably made my neighbors fear for their property values. What am I talking about, you ask? It goes a little like this:

You might think this is an exaggeration, but "true story, bruh."

You might think this is an exaggeration, but “true story, bruh.”

No joke, yesterday I looked down while Tig was popping a squat, and saw a mustard stain… from food I ate the day before (at least). And that stain was surrounded by enough fur to lint roll off my yoga pants into a puppy sized fur ball. It wasn’t pretty. Today I leashed up the dogs, and noticed I had Mort’s collar on Tig and Tig’s collar on Mort… and shrugged it off with a “close enough”.

And the used poop bag clenched in the same fist as the Kleenex I still used? Oh I have no shame.*

I think just about everyone, neighbors dogs and sick humans alike, will be happy when we rejoin the land of the living. I hope you’re laughing with me, because it’s the best way to get through these things :)

* I’m ashamed.

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Jen deHaan is graphic designer, small business owner, and dog person living in Bay Area, California. Jen enjoys learning about dog training and behavior, and has taken several courses and seminars since 2010. She also contributes articles to leading websites, such as Victoria Stilwell's Positively . It all started with a great dog called Mikey (aka "dude"), loved and lost but remembered forever. Jen also runs a freelance business focusing on graphic, web, and UI design at FoundPixel, and a small business creating hand crafted dog products at Stylish Canine.

  • Oh no!! I hope you feel better soon!

  • I’m sorry for laughing, but I can totally relate! I especially hate getting colds in the winter and I have to shuffle Kleenex and try to blow my nose while walking Haley. I hope you feel better very soon, Jen!

    • Haha, thanks! Yeah I was hoping that it would make people laugh (I am!) And yeah, I think the kleenex part might be the worst especially with a foggy head/dogs/leashes/walking/etc!

  • Cathy C Bennett

    Jen – that picture belongs to me! I swear!!! I’ve been sick for the past 6 days. It’s hell – I almost fed Jax twice yesterday not paying attention. I feel your pain, cause I’m living it right along with you girlfriend!

  • Earl Lover

    Hi there. Oh no, colds. They are so horrid and somewhat restricting on you. I often feel as though walking my dogs when I have a cold helps me to ‘unblock’ and refresh myself. But still, colds aren’t pleasant at all. Hope you recover soon from your irritating cold very soon!


  • I feel a little guilty enjoying the illustration at your expense, it’s so spot on. I especially like what appears to be fluffy slippers on your feet, lol! But I really do hope you’re feeling better soon. Take care.

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    Hope you feel better soon. The illustration made me laugh! Are the dogs close enough in size that their collars fit? I thought Tig was bigger.

    • Haha, yeah she is! Mort’s wearing a martingale at the moment and since she doesn’t pull it’s enough to work. Mort on the other hand had a pretty loose collar yesterday. :)

  • Glad you are headed in the right direction! True story for real with the cold except that I would likely have abandoned the tissues and just used my dirty shirt…..Disgusting, I know, but whats a sick dog mom, wearing nasty clothes, full of hair, supposed to do!?

  • Kate Obrien

    I drag myself out early enough so we don’t run into anyone and scare them…

  • beaglesbargains

    Close enough is right! It is worse when I have to walk Luna with a migraine. I wear dark sunglasses and a winter hat or headband even if its the middle of the summer. I’m lucky enough to be wearing pants.

  • I died when I saw this on FB. And I’m still laughing. Hope you feel better soon, Jen.