Happy New Year to all. As many of us make resolutions to exercise more and eat healthier, I want to say that having a dog sure helps. The obvious reason is that you have to take your dog out for potty breaks and walks, requiring you to go outside no matter how cold it is.
Having a dog also means having a shadow whenever you're eating...for me at least. Every time I eat, Niko drops whatever he's doing and sits patiently, waiting for scraps. He bats cleanup for me during meal times. Which means, as soon as I feel full, I stop eating and give the rest to my buddy boy Niko. This helps me eat lighter and makes Niko a happy dog.
Niko is also a part-time dishwasher. His appetite also aids our dishwashing process. Give any dish that has a light layer of sauce or hard to get out scraps to Niko and he will lick it clean for us. It's amazing really. Today, I made a yummy tuna casserole that left me with a glass pan with gooey Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. Niko spent a good 10 minutes on it and there was not a smudge left! Who knew? Having a dog also helps me be greener because I save water by skipping the pre-rinse step of washing my dishes.