The Fairy Dog Mom's Bedtime Stories
Dogs have it sooo good! If I could reincarnate it would be as one of my dog guests. But for today, for this moment I will just practice what dogs teach me every single day....
- Sit (be still)
- Stay (don't run from your feelings)
- Leave It (walk away from the cookies)
- Play (be curious!)
That's all we need to know! (tee shirts coming soon!)
I've known for awhile that my house smells like dog, that my car does and that I probably do too. The hair, the dirt, the slobber...everything you'd expect from someone who lives with lotsa dogs. But I sank to a new 'low' recently. As the dogs were taking their morning pee today I came scarrrrrry close to just lifting my robe, squatting, and peeing in the grass along with them. Very close! It felt like the natural thing to do---woof!
Two of my little guests are notorious for stepping in water bowls, counter surfing and generally "talking" a lot --especially at mealtime. So when I bid farewell to two of the cutest chocolate labs ever this morning I broke down and cried. They won't be coming back because they are moving out of state. You would have thought they were my own or that'd I'd known them for a decade, but no. I guess that's why I'm a Fairy Dog Mom....and a cry baby!
You were going to read about the five cutest dog moments: oh the tail-chasing...the darling head tilt some dogs do when they're looking at you sideways - literally...the thrilled-with-themselves look they get when they run up to you with toy in mouth...or how about when a puppy gets his head stuck somewhere funny like a purse strap or kitchen chair. And I just love a little dog's purposeful trot - the motionless body and legs in step to "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!"
But this morning as of 10:00am, I have actually lost count of how many pee splatters I have cleaned already, 8-9? How does this happen? When? Who? And it's not that I blame anyone---though I did catch two of you! Darn it, the door was open and okay, so it's drizzling outside. Well bless their bionic noses and my unique set up here, I agree that peeing and marking indoors really is more comfortable.
And these are guests I speak of so I must accommodate! In their defense I have yet to find the product that erases the pee scent from three guests ago, not even the vet -recommended Icky Poo. I don't mind being a Markologist - But the ritual stinks-pun intended: the paper towel blotting, spraying products, replacing of blankets and towels, the sniff tests, handwashing, laundry... I vow to find a better solution, a perfect system! And it will not involve plastic furniture or linoleum.
Maybe I could get the Nate TV Show to come do a makeover for my 'dog house!' I know with some new pee-proof area rugs and furnishings I can have doggy style and function! Yes, I will apply right now ; D
I do lotsa things around here that really aren't weird--but the fact that I do them with an audience of dogs is weird, (so I am told by clients and friends)!
Weirdest is probably my bathroom duties. Sorry, TMI! But I love baths and this provides a really fun activity for dogs who like water, bubbles, lotion etc. : ) Then there is my bedroom: around 3-7 doggies in/on my bed and sometimes as many on the floor nearby. (Shocking I don't have a boyfriend??!)
When I entertain it's a unique experience for my human guests. They must be prepped for the slobber, the noise and the hair! But that doesn't subtract from a delicious meal we enjoy from inside a giant kennel/gate I set up around our table. In the kitchen, I step carefully so as to not step on one of the labs sprawled across the floor or drooling next to the counter. What? That's not gross is it? ; )