We are not dog people. Really.
Not like some of my dear friends. Not only do they love dogs but they know how to live with dogs. Dogs are a part of the family. It is not unusual for them to plan for and deal with the daily doggie goings on.
Here is what I mean. We are all kind of shocked and put off a little when we travel or even just leave the house. We are like...oh no....what about the dog.
I think people who have had dogs their whole lives are not really shocked about what to do with the dog....because having a dog has become a part of their psyche.
Or something like that.
My friend Cheryl has four dogs. Those dogs are a handful.
But somehow she just goes with it and I never hear her complain about 'what am I going to do with the dogs'. She's got it figured out.
We on the other hand...are just learning.
It was natural for me to have a baby. I knew that I would have this baby with me ALL the time.
Somehow... this comes as a surprise to us with our Ginny.
I blame the cat.
We can leave the cat for a week in the house with food and water clean litter and she is fine.
That must have been what we were thinking.
Our Ginny is not quite two. Her birthday is Halloween. She has come a LONG way since last winter when I was about to put her on a plane to Arizona to live with my dog loving sister Janet. Janet is a dog person. To the max. It is very natural for her to fit a doggie or two or three into her life.
The big news on the Ginny front today is that when Katie and I left the house at 7:30...we forgot to put her in her kennel. Katie thought I did it. I thought Katie did it.
We don't quite trust Ginny to be in the house by herself.
I pulled in the garage at 8:30 and opened the door to the house and who was standing at the door so happy to see me?
She was happy and a bit sheepish and very sweet.
I looked in the bathroom to see if she had gotten anything out of the garbage and then I looked in the living room to see if she had done anything naughty in there. But she hadn't done anything naughty.
She was being a very good girl while I was away. I know she knew that something was not right.
She's smart like that.
But I am very proud of her. She is growing up so nicely.
When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is feed Ginny. I always think of Cheryl when she wakes up (I really do). She calls out "Hello Friends" to her crew. I think....if she can do it with four...I can do it with one.
So you see, it just doesn't come naturally to me.
But with Ginny dear, I'm learning.
I love her very much.
“In a dog's life, some plaster would fall, some cushions would open, some rugs would shred. Like any relationship, this one had its costs. They were costs we came to accept and balance against the joy and amusement and protection and companionship he gave us.”
~marley and me
Lots of love,