Polly & Georgie would be the first to tell you how unappreciated they are. I didn't fully understand the extent of the injustice until this week, when I realized that the puppies are now tall enough to put their paws on the kitchen counter.
Although my family had a black Lab when I was a baby, in my adult life I have had only short dogs (miniature dachsunds, French bulldogs, pugs, etc.).
After our last two cats went to heaven, I stopped worrying about leaving things on the kitchen counter. I could set a stick of butter out to soften before baking with it. I could prepare a meal and walk from the microwave to the sink without fearing that a dog would steal a bowl of vegetables, the dish towel, or a kitchen sponge (just think of the wonderful smells and flavors in a used kitchen sponge!).
Those days are over. So, so, over.