Dear Dogs

Dear Dogs

I was recently going through some filing and found this letter from my dad. I don’t know who wrote it but being the DOG LOVER I am, I thought I’d infuse a little humor, adapt a bit and share for #NationalPetMonth.



Dear Dogs:

When I say to move, it means go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two dogs in the way. It also doesn’t mean to sit up and proceed to lay back down in the same place.

Here’s a picture of my sweet dogs, Roxy, and (the late) Colonel. In case there was any doubt, Colonel was the great Dane… or as my dad would call him, the ‘big damn dog’.

Hanging with their people!

Colonel and Roxy ~ We love each other and we pose well for treats

Here’s Colonel laying on the couch with my dad. Isn’t he adorable?

Back to the story.

The stairway was not designed by Nascar and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help, because I fall faster than you can run. Also, stop looking behind us incessantly as we go down the stairs. Just walk at an even pace and everyone will be fine.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort. Look at videos of dogs sleeping, they can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but doggy sarcasm.

My compact discs are not miniature Frisbees.

There is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. In addition, I have been using bathrooms for years, canine attendance is not mandatory.

The proper order is to kiss me, then do smell the other dog’s butt. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you. Why is it so hard?

Rules for non-pet owners who visit and like to complain about our pets:

  1. The dog lives here. You don’t.
  2. If you don’t want dog hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
  3. I like my dog a lot better than I like most people. #Truth
  4. To you, he/she’s a dog. To me, he/she’s an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn’t speak clearly.
  5. Dogs are better than kids. They eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don’t hang out with drug-using friends, don’t smoke or drink, don’t worry about buying the latest fashions, don’t wear your clothes and don’t need a gazillion dollars for college.
I like my dog a lot better than I like most people. #Truth #NationalPetMonth Click To Tweet

Want more pet goodness? 


Emma ~ The dog may be called Colonel but I’m the real General around here!



The same applies to cats, except they ignore you until you are asleep. Here’s an article I wrote about cats and their personalities you’ll find amusing. Here’s our cat, Emma.






Carmine was my mother's cat and now I have the honor of raising him.

Carmine ~ the Godfather



My beloved cat, Carmine, passed away last year. Here’s a tribute I wrote about him.








I really, really love dogs. I’m writing a book about how canines and felines can help heal. Here’s an article I wrote about how our pets can help us heal. Roxy and Colonel both saved my parent’s lives multiple times without any special training. Doesn’t that make them even cuter?! Check out that article here. 

Here are more pet pictures because… who doesn’t love pet pictures!?!


“Foxy” Roxy ~ I am a spit fire and a bundle of energy









To prove that I love Emma too, here’s another gorgeous picture of her taken from my daughter, Amanda’s Instagram account.



If you are in a disaster situation and have a pet, here’s a great article about emergency preparedness I recommend:



If you don’t have a pet to help you de-stress or you could use a little help to conquer overwhelm, I invite you to get your free Quick-Start Guide to Conquer Overwhelm here:

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Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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8 replies
  1. Lorenza
    Lorenza says:

    Haha! They are super cute yes. Dogs are the best. My two furbabies help me every day to be better. I talk to them like they are human and I swear they understand every word. I think I need to write them a letter like that and read it to them. lol.

    Dear Buffy and Fluffy, please don’t lick yourself and then proceed to give me face licks. ewwww!!

    I laugh during this process so I think according to them it’s ok. Licks!!

  2. Claudette Chenevert
    Claudette Chenevert says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHh. So cute. We don’t have pets anymore but we did have a black lab that never grew up. She was so excited that she ran down some stairs and broke her leg. We were away camping and my son was home. It was traumatic for him and the dog (and not to mention us.)
    Pets are great companions for those who have time and energy to spend with them. For us, because we’re often on the road, we enjoy other people’s pets.

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      That is so beautiful, Claudette. Enjoying other people’s pets helps give you your dose of animal goodness!

  3. Jackie Harder
    Jackie Harder says:

    Haha! Good one. Love the notion about kissing first, smelling butt second. Too much! I grew up with dogs, but have chosen cats (or rather, they have chosen me) as companions. They never need to go outside, always do their business in the same place and then cover it up neatly with litter and will actually stop eating before they explode. True story. 😉

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Oh my…. that sounds like an interesting story. Wow. I agree with you about cats. I had a cat growing up but I absolutely LOVE dogs. I think the right cat is great. we have a beautiful cat, Emma, who is family too.

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      I agree that we are much more complex than dogs… or any animal for that matter. Yes, I definitely love my fur babies.


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