Can we talk about dogs for a minute? Rather, can we talk about our obsession with dogs? Any animal lover knows that spotting a cute dog on the street is no casual affair. It's exhilarating, heartening, and downright delightful. Think I'm being a little too dramatic? I beg to differ. Here are the 15 stages of seeing a cute dog—we're in this together.
1. The double take
You're walking down the street, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you spot something furry out of the corner of your eye. You may or may not break your neck whipping your head around, but it doesn't even matter—you've spotted a dog.
2. The adrenaline rush
It's like you just saw a ghost, but, you know, one of those good ghost that's actually a dog and not a ghost at all.
3. The crazy
Here's where the crazy sets in and you probably lose feeling in your extremities in the best possible way.
4. The urge to touch
When you see a cute animal do you ever get the urge to squeeze it? Yea, it's an actual thing. You're not alone, my friend.
5. The stop everything
After experiencing the overwhelming urge to touch the dog, you then immediately stop everything you're doing. Whether it's having a in-depth conversation with someone, paying the meter, or even crossing the street—all those nonsensical actions come to a halt.
6. The moth to a flame
You are literally like a moth to a flame. Eyes on the prize!
7. The follow the leader
By darting off toward the dog, your friend, significant other, or whichever other poor unsuspecting soul you're with, is forced to follow suit. Excuse me—no complaints from the peanut gallery, please.
8. The slow creep
As you enter a 20-foot radius of the dog, it's time to slow your roll. Sometimes sudden smothering doesn't go over too well. At this point, you begin to slowly approach the dog and its owner, trying to play it cool, but probably looking like a total creep.
9. The proposal
Once there is no possible way that the owner can ignore you, it's time to pop the question, "will you...let me pet your dog?"
10. The touch
Houston, we have contact.
11. The gibberish
As you're petting the dog you start making weird noises, that in your head, equate to some sort of language the dog actually understands. You just can't control yourself—it's pouring out as if you're in one of those churches where people speak in tongues.
12. The waiting game
It's the dog's owner that's waiting, not you. Maybe it's time to wrap it up.
13. The farewell
The dreaded time has come for you and your newfound friend to part ways. Stay strong; you can do it.
14. The sadness
Remember—it is better to have love and lost than to have never loved at all.
15. The aftermath
Whoever you're with better brace themselves, because you won't be shutting up about that dog anytime soon.