Just thought I'd be nice and give everybody a heads up. If you're coming to my house to visit, even if it's to help me out or do me a favor, LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME. Find a dog sitter, put them in a kennel for a bit, trust me when I say that you'll be much more likely to be adored and invited back later if you come without him/her. We love you and expect any REAL children that you may bring with you but, as far as I'm concerned, your dog isn't welcome here.
Let me list a few reasons for you:
1. I'm allergic to your dog. I know, I'm allergic to my cats too and I stay highly medicated because of it, so it's likely that your dog won't effect me that badly. Still, I'm more allergic to your dog than I am to my cats so it does effect me, even if it's just a little.
2. I have cats. My cats are almost 12 and 17 1/2 years old. They don't like dogs and putting their food up on the counter so your dog doesn't eat it isn't an option because the older one can't jump up there anymore. I'm sick and tired of having to put their food back down every time I go into the bathroom so that they don't starve to death. I love my cats more than your dog. Trust me on this one.
3. I detest cleaning up after your dog when you leave, and I'm not talking about the back yard cause that's Josh's job (and should be done by you as you follow your dog around doing it's business anyway-my kids play there, don't leave it sit). I'm talking about the dog hair and dog food and any other messes your dog makes in my house while you visit. Yes, my cats make messes too, but cleaning up after them is a responsibility I accepted 17 1/2 years ago when I got the first one. I never agreed to clean up after your dog.
4. I don't like dogs, especially in my house. Enough said
Can you tell I just finished cleaning up after somebody's dog? Not only that, but I was cleaning up after that one, knowing that somebody else is arriving with their unwelcome dog tomorrow. Yes, I'm pregnant and I'm probably a bit hormonal (ok, really hormonal) and I just spent the last 2 days in the hospital with gall bladder attacks (which is another blog post for another day) and trying to get out and come home, but I'm also tired of people showing up to my house with their dogs, assuming that we don't mind. While the rest of my family doesn't mind and will probably love your dog, I do care and would prefer if you left the mangy thing home.