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Puppy Love January 15, 2008

Filed under: Pawprints — booksunread @ 7:53 pm

Last week, two people in the same day to whom I announced my pregnancy responded with “Your poor dog.”  As in, your dog is about to get knocked from its spot as the precious and coddled family baby.  I think this officially qualifies me for crazy dog lady status…you know, if the Halloween costumes didn’t already…

But seriously, how could you look at this face, and not try to love the fur off of it every single day?

Mag dog
Admittedly, we have treated the dog like our big furry practice baby and she has a pretty sweet life right now.  Each morning upon waking, she flops down on the floor and waits for us to come over and ply her with scratches and cuddles and love.  Then, prior to her morning constitutional, she gets some luncheon meat with her allergy pill.

As we get ready, we make up and sing silly songs to her-a huge favorite is Camptown Doggy (“Doggy’s tail is 5 miles long, do dah, do dah…” Yes, yes I am ashamed of myself now that I’ve typed it out).  As soon as the blow dryer comes out, she runs over for a rousing round of the blow dryer game, snapping and growling at the stream of warm air each time it’s pointed at her.  Each and every morning, we marvel at the cutely fierce expressions she assumes.  And we have names for them…when her lip gets stuck all curled up, we call it the Elvis…and oh, the excitement on the mornings we achieve the rare Double Elvis!

After work it’s at least 3 minutes of greeting cuddles and love, then walks, large bites of my dinner, and roughhousing with Miguel.  When I’m home the dog is my shadow, curling up in the office if I’m working in there and jumping up to follow me from room to room as I complete chores.  When I’m traveling and don’t come home at night, she sleeps at the top of the stairs waiting for me and can’t be coaxed to her bed.  (Not all of this is pure unfettered canine devotion; I have a feeling, most credit can be given to the fact that I am the keeper of the walks and also the most free with the people food.)

Linda of Sundrymourning fame recently posted about this very topic on Parentdish.  I thought her first post was a pretty realistic summary of what I imagine happens to every top banana dog when baby comes into the house.  But oh the controversy in the comments with people accusing her of what amounted to doggie abuse.  (Her rebuttal post from Dog was also awesome.)  It made me really start to worry about how our dog is going to feel when we bring the wee baby home.  I’m sure that morning cuddles will get lost when there is a baby crying to be tended to.  Likewise, in the hurry of our new morning routine, there won’t be much time for the blow dryer game.  I’d imagine that greetings will be cut short when there is a baby to get settled in once we arrive home.  Now matter how much we try to minimize the impact, the dog’s whole routine will have to be altered out of necessity.  I just hope that she doesn’t hate us too much for ruining her cushy life.

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6 Responses to “Puppy Love”

  1. salsera Says:

    well, it may shake out like wee baby is something new and interesting to look at and then by about 9 months or so wb will be giving some attention to the dog so maybe it will wash?

  2. salsera Says:

    and also, dang! the comments on that post!!!

  3. booksunread Says:

    Man, I don’t know. That post really covered only a fraction of the silliness and affection we heap on that dog every day. One of the articles I read said to play a tape of a baby crying in the nursery before it gets here so that the dog gets used to the sound. I figure watching Jon and Kate +8 while she’s in the room accomplishes about the same thing…

    And yes, the dogtroversy at Parentdish was ridic-I especially loved the sanctimonious Parentdish regulars piling on the newbie Sundry fans. Talk about a bug up the ass! Linda would be lucky if those people who don’t “get” her went away, as promised. Don’t let the internet hit you on the ass on the way out! Unfortunately that type of shit stirring troll (who honestly believes she isn’t one), usually never does go away.

  4. TwinMommy Says:

    Late responding, been cooped up on hospital bedrest for a bit…but I just had to comment here! When we told friends we were prego we talked about how we loved our dogs so much that we’d be just as happy if we ended up with puppies or babies. The responses were vicious! One friend said, “Oh, just wait…in a matter of days their names will change from Maggie & Emma to “Shut up & Lay down.” That was heartbreaking to hear! I seriously can’t imagine loving my girls/dogs any less or wanting to spend less time with them. Maggie has slept in our bed with us since we brought her home and I’m sure she always will (we did upgrade to a King in anticipation of adding two babies to the already full bed). One thing has changed already though. Emma used to sleep right beside our bed everynight but now she sleeps in the nursery between the two cribs. I’m pretty sure she sees herself as the guardian now and will come get us anytime the babies cry- no monitors needed! Here’s to equal love for babies and doggies!

  5. booksunread Says:

    Hi TwinMommy,
    Glad to hear you are back at home for now and the boys are getting big! Our spoiled dog’s name is Maggie, too. 🙂

    We are kind of mean dog parents b/c she doesn’t sleep in the bed (and the few times we’ve allowed it as a treat, she didn’t seem to enjoy it and got down pretty quick), nor is she allowed on furniture. Instead, we spend a lot of time on the floor cuddling and loving. Easier on the upholstry and furniture. (I’m already starting to worry about the end of my pregnancy when I will likely need a crane to get down and up from the floor!)

  6. TwinMommy Says:

    Well before I met my husband I didn’t let doggies on furniture either. Oh well. And I certainly don’t get near the floor anymore, it’s hard enough sitting up from bed or trying to get off of the couch! Doc says I’m measuring full term for a singleton now, can’t imagine how big i’ll be at the end. I find myself wondering what it would be like to have a “normal” singleton pregnancy…it seems like it would be a piece of cake! My mom said she loved being preggo and that she was up on a ladder fixing something when she was 8 mths preg!


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