CCTV Cameras and Doggone Days

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A dog is a man's best friend and for good reason.
Dogs are loyal and bring a whole lot of fun to even the most serious person's life.
They're smart, always up for anything, and can love their owners unconditionally.
A house-trained, frisky dog is always a delight to be around.
Where's the Doggie? It's easy to see why most dogs are so devoted to their owners.
After all, they're well-fed and watered, sheltered, walked, and groomed on a regular basis.
Most dogs lead very good, comfortable lives so it's only fitting that they shower all their love and spit on their owners.
But have you ever wondered what your dog does all day at home when he has the run of the entire house while you're slaving away at work? Well, setting up a CCTV camera, also known as closed circuit television camera, in and around your premises guarantees that you know exactly what your dog is up to.
You might even be surprised - and I don't mean the nasty kind of surprise.
It started out as a little experiment.
My sister and I decided to find out how our adorable little dachshund, Lady Champagne, spends her day.
We had a CCTV camera set up in the kitchen, the living room, the bedrooms, and the bathroom.
We even had a CCTV camera set up in the backyard.
We wanted to be sure that our pooch's every move was captured in the CCTV cameras we set up in Lady Champagne's favorite haunts.
Every Dog Has Its Day The CCTV camera set up in my sister's bedroom revealed that Lady Champagne's day started innocently enough.
She slept until 10:00 AM, long after my sister has gone to school.
She then spent another 20 minutes rolling around the bed lazily.
She soon decided to get up and plodded groggily to the kitchen where the CCTV camera captured her eating a breakfast of dog food and drinking lots of water from her water bowl, one of those models that automatically fill up with water when touched by a paw.
Afterwards, she promptly exited from her doggy door and took the first of many leaks in the backyard.
The CCTV camera behind the hydrangea bush picked up her trail.
She spent about an hour outside, chasing after birds and digging up one of my old sweaters that mysteriously went missing.
The CCTV camera we set up in the living room showed her trotting back into the house and taking a nap on the rug in front of the television.
After about 10 minutes of being motionless, she suddenly bolted upright as if remembering something, jumped on the couch and sniffed around a little bit, found the television remote control, and pressed her paw on the power button, or at least the general area of the power button.
It worked, though.
The television came to life and her highness promptly resumed her nap on a throw pillow.
The rest of the CCTV camera footage showed an uneventful day of lunch, more water, more pee, the mandatory poop, more bird chasing, a brief squabble with the neighbor's cat, and more naps in front of the blaring television, save for a rather exciting moment when she actually turned off the television right about the time when I arrive from work.
Indeed, even the seemingly stupidest and laziest dogs have a trick - not tick - or two up their sleeve, or at least their paw.
Most of the time, they just like to keep it to themselves.
Wouldn't you like to find out what yours is capable of? You know you want to.
With a CCTV camera system in your own home, you can.
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