The day your Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier came home for the first time, your life changed in many ways that you never possibly could have expected. You’ll never forget that day.
Here’s 10 things only Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier parents will relate to:
1. Strangers can’t resist touching your dog.
Having a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier means that you can’t go to the park without someone stopping to pet your dog. That’s just what happens when your dog looks like a giant teddy bear. We can’t help but notice that kids rarely stop to pet our dogs without asking first. It’s always the adults that try to sneak a touch. It’s a good thing our Wheaties love attention!
2. You spend more money at the groomer’s than on your own haircuts.
You know the importance of keeping up with that fuzzy coat. You go to the groomer every 6-8 weeks to keep your Wheaten clean and free of mats. Sure, they’ll roll in the yard to regain their stink as soon as you get home, but you love that freshly groomed look. The price of grooming may have been shocking, at first, but you realize that a human hairdresser only has to cut hair on your head; your Wheatie’s groomer may take up to an hour taking care of the dog’s coat from nose to tail. It’s so, so worth it!
3. You sometimes worry your dog might be smarter than you.
Your clever terrier picks up new tricks quickly, and didn’t take long to potty-train. However, you didn’t anticipate how skilled your dog would be at training you. Those big brown eyes slay you, and you can’t help but tuck them in at night, play on demand, and otherwise give in to that lovable pup.
4. You’re concerned you might actually own a human in a bear suit.
Something about the way your Wheatie looks at you tells you that they understand. You may have owned other dogs, but this one is just different. They’ve learned to communicate you in subtle ways – and have captured your heart in a way that you never expected.
5. You’re prepared for Abominable SnowWheatie days.
Your terrier’s long beard and soft coat collect balls of snow in the winter, but that doesn’t seem to stop them from enjoying the snowdrift. You’ve been practicing a gentle, yet effective method for plucking those snowballs off your Wheatie. A cold, snowy pup is nothing a warm towel from the dryer can’t fix!
6. You’ve never slept better.
All Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier parents know that they love sleeping under the covers with their head on a pillow, just like a human. That warm, fuzzy body is perfect for spooning. You’ve haven’t had a bout of insomnia since your buddy crawled into bed with you for the first time.
7. You’ve negotiated with a terrier.
As sweet as they are, Wheaties have a double dose of terrier-tude. It’ll take a long time, if you’re ever able to trust them off-leash. Like a typical terrier, a Wheatie loves to chase small animals, and is virtually unable to hear you when you try to call them off an interesting scent. The only way to get your Wheatie to listen? Delicious treats!
8. You’ve been kissed by a drippy beard.
Even the ladies of the Wheatie world sport a handsome beard. This lovely, long beard gets dunked in the water whenever your dog takes a drink, making puddles all over the floor. Sloppy, wet beard kisses are an inevitable part of Wheatie life.
9. You now know that “low-shedding” is a joke.
Many terrier breeds are rumored to be non-shedding, and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is no exception. However, you’ve learned to stop wearing dark clothes, and have started to match your decor to your dog’s coat to make the endless strands of fur less noticeable.
10. You always get Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier gifts… and you’re just fine with that.
On holidays and birthdays, you’re sure to get some adorable Wheatie-themed presents from friends and family members who know you’re obsessed.