I recently read an article (“Dangers of Prolonged Sitting” from Mercola.com) that said one of the worst things we can do for our health is spend too much time sitting. Many of us spend hours sitting at a desk, either for our work, or at our home computers. I do both, since I work as a bookkeeper three days per week, and work at home two days per week either doing freelance bookkeeping work, or working on this blog.
I’m not worried. Why not?
Scritch, scritch, scritch. Someone’s at the door. No, this isn’t a spooky Halloween story, this is every day, every hour, every few minutes at our house. And I imagine many of you can relate. Someone’s at the door…..who? These three who can’t make up their minds whether they want to be in or out!
Someday I’m going to count how many times I get up out of my office chair and cross through the kitchen to go to that door.
The worst of the three is Sheba. She will be lying down in sight of the door and watch me let one or both of her siblings in or out, but won’t move; until I’ve made it all the way back into the office, and maybe even sat down. Scritch, scritch, scritch.
I’m finally starting to learn, and now I’ll stand by the door for an extra minute and just stare at her (asking her if she wants to go in or out doesn’t always work). Sure enough, many times she’ll get up and come in, or go out.
I wonder why I sometimes feel exhausted at the end of a day when I don’t really think I did that much. There are times that scritch, scritch, scritch really gets on my nerves and I have to confess that I sometimes curse under my breath (OK, maybe out loud because it is usually only me and the animals at home).
Now that I’ve read that article I know the truth: the dogs are really just looking out for my health. Bless their little hearts! 🙂
Just for fun trivia question: Can anyone name the 1990’s spooky but short lived TV series that used the line “Someone’s at the door“?
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Glad you realized the health benefits, I need to get my Mum to understand that too! I do it about every 20 minutes, when Mum gets to the door I run away, cos I don’t actually want to come in, I just want to say Hi! Tee Hee
I hope you’re having a fun day,
Your pal Snoopy 🙂
Snoopy, you are too funny! Your Mom should be glad to know that you are actually just looking out for her health. Sometimes Sheba just likes to say “hi” too…or “throw the ball”!
Thanks for coming by, buddy!
Delilah grunts at the door. UNNNGGGHHHH and then I have to get up and let her out. She barks to come in. Sampson has to be coaxed. And I also curse, quite a lot actually. LOL
Glad it’s not just me with the cursing….LOL! That’s funny that Delilah grunts. I would think the dogs would all bark, but they don’t. However, what I nicely described as scritch scritch scritch is actually sometimes bang, bang, bang if I don’t get there quickly enough!
2 brown dawgs says
Silly pups. Since we don’t have a fenced yard, we take the dogs out and then bring them in. It is one or the other so they don’t really bug us to go out or come in. We miss all the fun!
Poor you, missing all this fun! 🙂
We’ve had the fenced in yard so long now, I don’t remember what it was like to take the dogs in and out! I guess we created our own little monsters by giving them free rein though….LOL.
M. K. Clinton says
Such is the life of a pet parent! Bentley bangs the blinds and Pierre rings the bells. If a lizard or squirrel are in the yard, forget about it. Pierre screams like a little girl and barks until we rush to open the door. Between 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. is a constant in and out because it is “squirrel-thirty.”
Too funny….we used to have a cat who would bang the blinds! I’m not sure if bell ringing would annoy me more or less than the scratching at the door….LOL!
For some reason, squirrels tend to stay out of our yard. We do get the excited barking when the deer are around though! You cracked me up with what you said about Pierre screaming like a girl!!
Easy got the trivia question right….the show was called American Gothic. I should have known Easy would be as good at trivia as he is at geography (referring to his frequent correct answers to One Spoiled Cat’s Tuesday Teasers). 🙂
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
My gang does the same thing. I like the screen door protector, it’s a little late but I need one of those.
We’ve been through a lot of screens before getting those protectors…….hopefully you can remember for next year!
Groovy Goldendoodles says
If that is their ultimate goal in life, then Harley has me in pristine shape BOL
They are definitely looking out for us!
Love the view out your back door!
Thank you! It is especially nice this time of year.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
Hmmm….not sure about the trivia question. I am stumped!
That is hilarious! The dogs are just looking out for your health! hahaha!!!!
I know what you mean though. My 3 don’t exactly like to let me sit for that long either!
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You’re probably too young to remember that show, Jenna. I’m showing my age again. 🙂
We’d probably weigh 5-10 lbs more if we didn’t have our dogs, right?
You woofies have a big responsibility keeping your mom from sitting all day and keeping her healthy!
They take their job very seriously!!
This is the one benefit of not having a fenced in yard where Barley can go in and out whenever she wants to! My parents have a dog door at their house–but when we visit, we have to keep it closed because my mischievous indoor kitty learned how to work the dog door, so I get to experience the scritch, scritch, scritch when we’re on vacation 🙂 Barley makes sure to get me off the couch by trying to eat the cat food and finding snacks in the litter box, or charging at the windows to bark at squirrels. It’s so nice of them to look out for our health like that, huh?
They have their ways of keeping us fit, no matter what the circumstances! Even though it’s more work for me I love having the yard so that they can spend more time outside in the fresh air. It’s really less work since I don’t have to take them out to do their business and such.
Jackie Bouchard says
They are indeed looking out for your health! I just leave our door open and let Rita come and go, but that’s easiest when you have lovely weather! You need the sweatshirt we got for my dear departed dad. It said, “Today’s agenda: let the dog in
Let the dog out
Let the dog in
Let the dog out
Let the dog in”
Lucky you! When the weather is nice, there are too many bugs around here to be able to leave the doors open (plus we’d have to worry about the cats).
I love that shirt….I definitely need it!
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Dog door? Mr. N doesn’t believe in going places without me so I don’t have that problem!
There are times when they are trying to get me to go outside and play with them, so that is part of the game too!
Hawk aka BrownDog says
Since I refuse to go out without my Human in tow, or in without her, she doesn’t have that problem. I know the schedule, but if I HAVE to take a “pee-run” I bark at her until she moves! That way she gets an extra “walkie”. (I’m a thoughtful and good boy! ;))
Y’all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog
You take very good care of your human then too, Hawk, good job!!
Talent Hounds says
Lol you should just instal a revolving door by the looks of it!
That sounds perfect!
Dolly the Doxie says
You need a big dog door somewhere! Sounds like you are getting plenty of exercise heehee! Love Dolly
If we were to put a dog door in, I may see my health go downhill! LOL
It's Dog or Nothing says
We have the same issue at our house! Between letting them in and out and going outside to quiet their barking, I get a decent amount of exercise during the day!
Oh yes, the barking is always fun too! LOL
It’s funny how something that seems annoying can be so good for our health. 🙂 It’s our cat who is even more annoying than the dogs. She hates a closed door and always wants to be on the other side of it.
Well, things that are good for our health aren’t always enjoyable…LOL…working out, eating healthy food….
At least we have no issues with the cats here, except for the one that wants to eat every two hours!
I can only imagine how that would be with 3 dogs. These guys are very good at not doing the in and out game. Thankfully.
You’re lucky! If I had more patience, I could probably train them to do it less, right? I just can’t ignore that scratching noise though, and then with a young one, I don’t want to take a chance that he might NEED to go out!
was it American Gothic? It sounds familiar (not the show but the “scritch,scritch…”) to me and it always happens when IÄm busy with other things or in the bathroom… Easy has a super timing :o)
You are right, American Gothic! I was interested to find out recently that the actor that played the young boy from that show is now on the new show NCIS New Orleans.
Oh yes, when you’re in the bathroom….great timing, Easy!
Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom says
Oh man, can I ever relate!! Especially with Ducky in the house! But I don’t just let the dogs in or out; I have to go out with them to supervise. And to protect them from the a-hole who lives next door. But, if nothing else, at least I get outside to enjoy the fresh air.
Oh, that’s too bad, it really makes it even more difficult. I love being able to just let the dogs out without having to worry (though I do check on them from time to time if they haven’t come back). I do try to go out with them and play at least once a day (twice on the days I’m home all day). On the bright side, you’re getting even more health benefits getting out in that fresh air though!
Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats says
Maybe it’s time for a dog door!
Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
Oh, it definitely is! BUT, we don’t really have a good place to put one, plus we have two indoor cats. In the summer I get a bit of a break because we have the porch open, and Luke and Cricket can push open the screen doors on the porch. Not that they always choose to though, but at least they do some of the time!
LOL Sounds exactly like our house. Rudy is the one who needs a special invitation to come back inside (waits until it looks like I’m leaving the door and going back to work.)
Sometimes I think it’s just Sheba’s way of getting some special attention! Then there’s always when she scratches at the door but won’t come in when I go to it! That means she wants to play ball. 🙂
Good way to put it! Mom worries about the same thing as she is very active but sits a lot for working. She can’t sit still, though and is, like you, always jumping up to let us in or out, or get a snack, or see what Bailie is up to. It keeps her moving. We dogs look out for our humans.
I am fidgety like your Mom too, so if the dogs aren’t wanting to go in or out, I’m up getting a snack, or refilling my coffee, or yes, checking to be sure Luke isn’t getting into something! You pups take such good care of us!