Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dog Stories


Chihuahua update: I seem to have been accepted into the pack. Pinky and Manny have stopped barking and snarling and tugging at my pants legs whenever I enter the room, or stand from a seated position. They've even taken to curling up on my lap and falling asleep.

And I admit it, they're kind of cute. I still wouldn't want a chihuahua -- they're way too nervous -- but I can appreciate what my dad and stepmother see in them.

They do, however, have terrible breath.

I also spent some time in Maybelline's fenced yard yesterday, playing with her Jolly Egg and horsing around with her. She's put on some weight since I saw her last, and she still runs at me full-tilt and body slams me like a linebacker. She's unaware of her size and impervious to pain. If I kneel down she climbs into my lap, which is interesting because she's filthy and not much smaller than I am.

Until now, after we've played with the egg toy, my dad has insisted that we put it away so she won't bury it in her yard. But I argued that if she buries it, she'll dig it up again. It will give her something to do. So he agreed to let her keep her egg, giving Maybelline access to a toy at all times. I'm hoping this will help her work out some energy and get a little more exercise.

Hopefully when I get back to England, Olga won't know that I've been cheating on her.

(Photo: A dying elephant ear leaf in my dad's back yard.)

11 comments:

Marty Damon said...

Not only have you been helping your mother sort through the moving process, you've performed a worthwhile intervention there with Maybelline - your trip has been nothing less than a mercy mission!

ellen abbott said...

we didn't think we were little dog people but this little thing that showed up in our yard and wouldn't leave has a way of making you change your mind. she's like a wind up toy.

Vivian said...

i have had chihuahua's if their breath is bad...they need their teeth cleaned...by a vet.

Mwa said...

She'll smell it on your clothes!

The Bug said...

Aww - love Maybelline & her egg!

John Gray said...

That final line had me chortling

Dave said...

Maybelline always brought the egg back to you! Cute! She needs to start spending sometime inside.

e said...

I can see you adding dog whisperer, along with avid gardener, to your CV...Those dogs do need their teeth cleaned if their breath is bad...

37paddington said...

LOL. Poor Olga!

alphabet soup said...

It's not cheating, it's sharing the love.

Ms Soup

jenny_o said...

The egg will also give Maybelline more exercise and keep her fit - I was surprised by how quickly she pushed it everywhere in that video! You're a fun uncle, Steve :)