#622 When the dog’s really excited you’re back home

Greasy forehead, sore ankles, and a dull headache cap your traffic-jammy ride home from a long day at work. Dragging yourself to the door your stomach rumbles and grumbles as you picture the bland frozen burrito you’re gonna nuke for dinner.

Yeah, the day got you down, the day knocked you out, but suddenly you unlock the door and your mood zooms sky-high as there’s a loving and waiting BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK.

Someone’s happy to see you.


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104 thoughts on “#622 When the dog’s really excited you’re back home

  1. I move away for University 3 years ago and every time I go home for a visit my dog is very excited to see me home again. It’s definitely awesome :D

  2. Aw, this makes me sad. My kitty use to rush to me when I’d get home, or he’d wait up for me late at night. But he died a couple weeks ago :(

    But it was completely AWESOME

  3. my toy dog chihuahua Roony never failed to make my day after long hours of work back in the office.

    the moment i got out of the lift and started walking towards my home, my doggie will start barking and jumping around behind the door as if she is welcoming me back home!

    after i opened the door, she will stand up and hug my leg. how sweet it is!

    afterall dogs are our best and most loyal friend. :-)

  4. There was no sneaking in at night as a teenager with “Trooper” at the door. One of the many things that made him a great dog.

  5. Our dogs go nuts when we come home. We just work downstairs and they sometimes stand in the stairwell and bark so we come see them. Then they wag their little tails and are so happy to be petted.

  6. If only we could all be half as good a person our dogs think we are, it would be a great place. They love so unconditionally, it’s wonderful!

  7. This is probably one of my favorite moments. My dogs are therapy for me. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

  8. Vow ! What a description of ” coming home ” after the day’s work. I could really feel it. Alas, I only have a fish in the bowl to greet. You are tempting me to get a dog, though.

    1. Yeah, fish make this a little trickier to appreciate. :-P

      Unless of course you get an oscar:

      They obviously still can’t bark or anything, but my parents had them when we were kids and apparently in their big long tank they’d follow people up and down the kitchen as they walked by them. And play dead when strangers came in. :D

  9. I would add one more sentence to your beautifully written post (if I may):

    “And – click – the world outside is forgotten.”


  10. Aww, this is a good one. Next week, I’m going home to visit my parents (I live 1,100 miles away), and I haven’t been in almost a year…the dogs (four Jack Russell terriers, btw) are going to go CRAZY. :-D

  11. One of our cats, Edith, rushes to the cat scratcher for a thorough Victory Scratch when we come home.
    She hardly ever miaows, so that’s her way of making a welcome home noise.

    The other cat, Nancy, just makes a bee line for the food bowls and stares pointedly.

  12. The memory of this brought mostly happy tears to my eyes.

    I had 3 cats that used to welcome me like that. As soon as I’d put the key to the lock I’d hear 2 of them thundering towards the door, the third somehow always knew before hand that I was coming home and would be waiting (rather impatiently) there for me already. :)

    I miss my boys so much and will never forget the lesson that unconditional love is one of the most important thing in the world.

    Definitely awesome!

  13. Nonsense! Dogs are idiots. Think about it, Smithers: if I came into your house and started sniffing at your crotch and slobbering all over your face, what would you say?

      1. Thanks, MattieB!

        I was feeling bad, with Tim’s angry response at my joke (below) sitting there.

        You swooped in and saved me from being dubbed “completely soulless”.

        #619 – when another commenter “gets you”.


    1. Oh please……. Trained, well behaved dogs don’t even jump… just love… all love…. no matter what!

  14. Freddo – Completely soulless. Anyone who hates animals cannot truly love other people – and tend to love themselves more than is justifiable.

    I would have ranked a dog’s welcome much nearer to #1. No matter how bad your day was, no matter how bad you smell, or look – your dog will always greet you as a demigod. Nothing – animal or person – can ever be as happy to see you as your dog.

    1. Tim is obviously not a fan of The Simpsons, which Freddo was quoting…

      It’s not a half-bad description of Mr. Burns, though!

  15. When I got home from London, (I was there for 4 months). My dog jumped over my mom in the driver’s seat onto my lap. I have a black lab/border collie like mutt. So not a small dog!

  16. my parent’s dog gets so excited when I come to visit that he pees all over the floor. I have to greet him outside now.

  17. I was leaving my house one night and I said ‘bye’ to my roommates, neither of them looking up from their computers. I stood there, wishing there was someone who cared that I was leaving. Then I remembered that I needed to let my doggie back in the house. I let her in, and said ‘bye’ to her and she wagged her tail and was disappointed when I had to go and was ecstatic when I came back.

  18. STRANGE! The night before this was posted I was outside with my dog and thinking what a great “awesome thing” it would be to post exactly what you posted!! No one, for the most part, will ever be as excited to see you day in and day out as a dog! Even your friends’ dogs are guaranteed to be more excited to see you than your friends! It’s almost as if they are saying, “OMG! OMG! IT’S YOU! YOU AGAIN!!! I KNEW YOU’D BE BACK BUDDY! IVEBEENTHINKINGOFYOUSOMUCHALLDAYMISSINGYOUC’MEEEEERE!!!!”

    Now how often do you see your spouse or friend, unless long apart, to have them say, “HOT DANG!! I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOU! YOU’RE THE BEST THING TO ME AT THIS VERY MOMENT!!”

    Perhaps we should start being more like dogs – perhaps they truly value what’s important! :)

  19. I don’t have a dog, but love seeing family and friends’ dogs for that reason. But my cats get excited when I come home, they run right to the door as soon as I put the key in..

    But what’s really special is Peeps, a budgie bird I had when I lived with my grandparents. He was super attatched to my grandfather and when he would come home Peeps would recognize the sound of the truck and he would chirp really loudly and spin around in circles until my grandfather came in and picked him up! I miss him so much!!!

  20. This is awesome. My dog starts yelling once my alarm is set on the car. By the time I get in the building and get the mail she is going ballistic. She even acts this way when I go throw out the trash.

    This may be a bit heavy but I’m going through a separation. My Trixie has caught my tears a many nights. Don’t know what I’d do without her.

  21. I love coming home to my dog Deru. No matter how crappy my day may have been, he’s always there squirming out of control with excitement… it always makes me smile. It also seems he has no concept of time, it’s the same response whether I’m gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours. Awesome!

    I like your blog too. Congratulations on all of your success… That’s Awesome too!

  22. This is possibly one of the best feelings in the world. You come home after a long day and some furry creature that loves you unconditionally is so happy to see you.

  23. So true. But the best part is that I get this kind of welcome not just after a long day at work, my dog has the same reaction even if I’m only gone to the grocery store for a 1/2 hour. :-)

  24. 3 labs. TOTALLY get where this is coming from.
    Simply nothing like it. Nothing!

    HOW they get so excited to see us is the amazing thing, in my opinion. Every day. All the time.

    Tim S, Grand Poobah of Smiles

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