Someone to watch over me
London, ON, March 2007 [Click to enlarge]
We've learned a number of things about owning a dog in the almost-four weeks since we brought Frasier home (see here if you're just learning about our new addition.) Here's a quick sampling, categorized neatly for your reading pleasure:
- Play: A puppy will inevitably decide to play - and play hard - at precisely the late-night moment when you decide it's time to tuck in for bed. You're too tired to play along? Too bad.
- Sleep: If you wake up in the pre-dawn murk to see a furry face staring at you from beside the bed, don't be afraid. Make sure you have your clothes already laid out so you can quickly get out of the house without waking everyone else up.
- Wardrobe: It's OK to go for an early-morning walk in your one-piece gigantic red jammies as long as you're wearing a similarly long trench coat to hide most of it. It's NOT OK if it's too warm for a trench coat. (See previous clothes-layout suggestion.)
- Instinctive behavior: Once outside, he will attempt to pee on every tree, bush, rock, stump, fencepost, or any other protrusion he can find. If he runs out of pee, that won't stop him.
- Making friends, part 1: When he sees a stranger, he will bark loudly enough to be heard from a full city block away. He will pull hard enough that you will cross your fingers that you bought a decent enough leash and collar.
- Making friends, part 2: When he sees a strange dog, he will bark loudly enough to be heard from the adjacent zip code. You hope you injected your steroids that morning as you strain against the leash.
- Making friends, part 3: He will inevitably make a bee line for the person who either hates dogs, or is afraid of them. Eventually, said non-dog person will smile at least once.
- Perpetual motion: Smaller dogs seem to have more energy than larger ones. I'm not sure why that is.
- The front door: Homecoming is a delightful and frightening time. Delightful because you're thrilled that any being would be so happy upon your return. Frightening because you worry he'll scoot out the door and never be seen again.
- The bottom line: You'll wonder what your home was like before you had him. They seem to weasel their way into the fabric of your family without too much difficulty.
Your turn: If you've got a pet, what observations have you made?
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