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Thursday, September 30 2010

     Last night Other Half came home at 5 AM.  He was tired, grumpy, and had a headache. Lily does not recognize those states of being.  At 5 AM, she is happy and wants to play.  She wants to lay in bed and do the backstroke across the covers to get into the crevice between Mommy & Daddy so that she can backstroke across his chest, and he can rub her tummy.  She also wants to scratch imaginary ticks and fleas.  (I check that dog religously and she does NOT have bugs!)  But . . . she will wait until we are trying to sleep and she will scratch dry skin, and then bounce on his chest to announce "HELLLLOOOOOOO!!!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!"

He will scratch her tummy and go back to sleep.  Sometimes I kick her off the bed or put her outside.  Last night I was too tired to do either.  Her Thing 2 Counterpart (Cowboy) is now awake and pacing beside the bed. As he moves his dog tags rattle out an irritating melody.  

At 9:30 AM Other Half decides to get up and go the restroom.  He is naturally escorted the entire 8' from the bed to the toilet.  After all, he might get lost in the artic blast of the air conditioner and need a Border Collie to lie beside his prone body to keep him warm until rescue arrives.

In the restroom there is a calendar. This is the picture for October:

I had just turned it over last night.  (I hope little Trace grows up to look like this dog!) Anyway, with his canine escort, Other Half returns to bed.  The melody of Cowboy's dog tags continues to tinkle and Lily bounces on his chest.  He lays there in silence for a moment . . . and then he says,

"You know what we need to do?"

My mind races through images of kennels lined up on the back porch with dejected dogs waiting impatiently for their day to begin. But then he says something that surprises me . . . . . .

This man who had not had a moment's peace and uninterrupted sleep in 4 hours, announced . . .

"What we need to do is get some pumpkins and carve faces into them and then take pictures of the dogs beside them."

I love this man.



Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:23 am   |  Permalink   |  10 Comments  |  Email
Why not quieten those noisy dog tags? There is a nifty little neoprene bag that is made for dog tags called "quiet spot". I attache it so that it not only holds the tags but also attaches to the collar. No more jingley tags. For a quick fix, rubber band the tags together. I hate the racket of tags and I'm sure the dogs don't care for it either. Diet, ICK!! No good advice here. Jan
Posted by Jan on 09/30/2010 - 11:15 AM
He's a keeper!!
Posted by shawna on 09/30/2010 - 04:15 PM
Yeah, he's a keeper. Ironically, I mentioned the idea of quieting Cowboy's dog tags and he protested, "But I LIKE to hear his tags!" Whatever . . . (grin)
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/30/2010 - 04:24 PM
People always gasp when I mention that our dogs and cat sleep with us. I'm glad to know there are other crazy people in the world like us. :)
Posted by CeeCee on 10/01/2010 - 08:18 AM
awww. my man loves our dogs also, but he does fuss about the hair. Are yours all shedding again? !
Posted by cindy on 10/01/2010 - 08:28 AM
THe cutest thing is that he really wanted to do pumpkins and the dogs give him an excuse to play making Jack-o-lanterns again-what a sweetheart! You keep that man!!!!He is a keeper!
Posted by Sue on 10/01/2010 - 10:21 AM
The cutest thing is that I think he really wanted to play making Jack-o-lanterns and the pups gave him a good excuse-don't let on like you know that about him! He is a sweetie!
Posted by sue on 10/01/2010 - 10:25 AM
Yep Cindy, my dogs are shedding. I don't think the German Shepherd ever STOPS shedding! I would say the biggest hassle to having them in the house is the amount of dirt they track in. I have stone tile floors and have to sweep them several times a day or they collect enough dirt to make a sand castle! That, and shredded toys seem to be the biggest problem.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 10/01/2010 - 12:19 PM
Does he have a brother? You probably get asked that a lot. Just kidding, Paul loves our five Border collies and the cats as much as I do. No pumpkin art here, though.
Posted by Peg H. on 10/01/2010 - 03:35 PM
I HAVE gotten that question quite a few times. The funniest person to ask me that was a gay man!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 10/03/2010 - 01:25 PM

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