Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thank heavens they are back!!

These past two weeks have been hard on me. First, the suitcases came out. I know what that means- and so, I jumped into mom's and took a nap (my secret technique for stalling the packing process!) Alas, she woke me up and replaced me with folded shirts and pants.

This made me sad, so I took refuge on mom's pillow and slept my pain away.

The next morning I knew something was "up". All the bags, except for two, were gone! "Yippy, they aren't leaving!" I told myself, but then mom took me for a walk.

mom: I know your going to be sad, but daddy and I will be back in just a little while

me: How long is a little while?

mom: About two weeks

(I stopped walking)


mom: Jack, you'll be fine. Grammy and Grampy are going to come pick you up


mom: You're going to spend time with Winston


mom: Jack, this isn't how I want to spend mother's day either- I will miss you very much. Let's go inside now, Grammy and Grampy will come pick you up in a little while.

me: no. (I sat down next to the car)

mom: Jack, come on. (she tugged on my leash)

me: nu uh. (she tugged harder) (I moved next to dad)

dad: Come on buddy, its okay

me: Trader!

And I lost that battle. Mom put so many treats in my house it looked like an Easter basket, but then they were gone and I was alone. In our house, with all the blinds closed. I cried. Loudly.

I'm pretty sure mom heard me because she said, "I can't leave him! I'm sure there is room in a suitcase for him!" but then the garage door closed and it was just Artichoke (my bird-sister) and I.

I cried myself to sleep and then, I heard the garage door come up! "They are back for me! I knew they'd be back- mom couldn't go that long without me!" but it wasn't mom and dad. It was Grammy and Grampy.

I could have been upset, but I just wanted outta here. I don't like being in the house alone without mom and dad! We drove over to Casa de la Grands and Winston was there. Maybe this wasn't going to be so bad!

Winston: why so glum Jack?

me: (fighting back tears) because mom and dad left me. alone. to diiiiiiie.

Winston: but, if they left you, why are you here?

me: I don't know!

Winston: well kid, if your gonna be here, just be quiet okay? I'm gonna go take a nap

me: (sniffle) Okay.

So I left Winston and walked over to the front door. Grammy and grampy's door isn't like ours. Its see through; like a window to the world!

me: heeeeeeeeeeey, this is our front yard, back off (bark bark bark)

(30 seconds later, another person walked by)

me: HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY! (bark bark bark)

All this barking woke up Winston- he joined me at the door and barked along side me! We were partners in crime-fighting! No one was gonna walk in our front lawn this week! (or so we thought).

I guess I barked too much because Grampy got a little upset with me.

Grampy: Jack, enough barking.

(30 seconds later)

Grampy: Jaaaaaaaaaaack, stop.

(then Winston started)

Grampy: Enough!

He got these brown square pieces of stuff and put it in the front windows so I couldn't see out!

me: Heeeeeey! That's not fair!

But I out smarted him! See, there is a window ABOVE the front door that he didn't block! So, I did what any good watch-dog would do. I went half way up the staircase, just enough to see outside, and went back on watch-duty!

Grampy wasn't thrilled about this, so after he gave me some treats, I stopped. But since he didn't say the windows in the family room were off limits, I sat on the back of the couch most days watching for mom and dad to pull in; and finally, one day, they did!

Mom walked in and I heard the angels sing! HALLELULIA! HALLELULIA! SHE'S HOME!!

me: Mom I missed you so much! Lemme lick you here...and here...and on your face....and here...and here....ahhhhh, your really home? Your not going to leave me again, ever will you? Hmmm, and lick here, and here....

mom: MY BOY!!!! OOOOOH Jack, I missed you so much!!

me: ...and here and here and here

mom: You ready to go home buddy?

me: Do you really have to ask?

mom: Okay, up in your house (I sat.)

(Was she serious? I wasn't going to sit in the back of the car the WHOOOLE way home!)

mom: Jack, go on, "up-up"

me: nope. (I walked over to her door- obviously I had to take charge of the situation!)

mom: You wanna sit on my lap?

me: can lead a horse to water- but you can't make him drink...YEEES!

And so I rode home on her lap while dad drove us home. Once home, I couldn't stop smelling the suitcases. Boy did their laundry smell!

Mom made biiiiiig piles in the laundry room and I got to walk on them! For the whole day I followed mom around, when she sat, I sat on her. When she went into another room, I went into another room. And FINALLY, when she went to sleep, I snuggled up so tight against her, I thought, for a second (or two) that we were one :)

Don't get me wrong, I was glad dad was back too! We played fetch in the backyard- it was fantastic.

Mom couldn't understand though why, even though I was sitting in the front windows I wasn't barking. She just doesn't understand- I wasn't barking at the people walking by at grammy and grampy's, I was barking for mom and dad to come home! And they did!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cinco de Mayo, ole!

I know I'm posting this a few days after cinco de mayo, but I'm a busy puggle you know!!

It all started when mom came home with some groceries on Tuesday. I love the smell of grocery bags. Mom says I can't play with them because "babies can't play with plastic bags" but I always try. I really like the noise they make!

So mom was folding up a strange little bag that made a different noise than the other ones. My interest was peaked. I walked over and sat in front of mom.

me: wiggle-wiggle, sit (this translates to, "Mom, is that bag for me?")
mom: Jack, its a paper bag, you really want to play with it?
me: move tail side-to-side,
wiggle my butt ("yes please")
mom: Okay, here you go

As soon as I got my teeth around the paper, I ran to the family room and tore into it! Paper flew everywhere, it was so much fun!

Mom says some people celebrate Cinco de Mayo with sombreros and tequila. I celebrate Cinco de Mayo with confetti! When the bag no longer held a "bag-shape" I started rolling around in it. A few pieces stuck to the
inside of my gums, which felt funny- mom pulled them off and I went about my day.

When dad came home, he cleaned up my confetti "mess"....I think he was just upset that I didn't want for him to play!

After mom had dinner we took a walk around the cul de sac. Met our new neighbor, he smelled FUNNY! Actually, he smelled like two cats. EEK! I ran away from him when he tried to pet me.

I didn't want to smell like stinky cat!

Then we met my two favorite little people outside; Lilly and Maddy. They are sisters and like to touch me. Since they don't have a dog, I help teach them how to be gentle and pet me.

Seems Maddy had an issue with my "butt hole" showing. This made me a little sad, so I
walked away from her, but mom explained to her that I can't wear pants.

Maddy: Why can't he wear pants? I wear pants.
mom: How would he pull them down?
Maddy: I don't know
mom: Where would his tail go if he wore pants?
Maddy: Uhm, well, maybe you could cut a hole for his tail?

I rolled my eyes and stopped listening. I don't wanna wear pants! All this fur is warm enough in the summer time!!

After our walk, we came home and I played with my frog. Dad keeps saying "the frog no longer exists, its only a foot!" I don't believe him- and to prove him wrong last night, I went on a mission to find more frog parts in the house.

Guess what? I found ANOTHER foot and part of the body! The frog lives!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Its BBQ season already!

You know what, I love living in Ohio. (I've never lived anywhere else, but I've heard from my "sources" that Ohio is the place to be!).

On Saturday afternoon, mom and I went for a walk. The air was brisk. The cement cool to the touch- perfect walking weather!

People always stop us and say how well behaved I am, which I KNOW makes mom proud. I always sit at a curb- rather than run out into the street. This makes people smile, and I don't understand why. I don't want to get hit by a car, do you?! Of course not.

This our walking-curb routine. I stop. Sit. and Wait, until Mom gives the all clear to move on. At obiedence class, Sam (the alpha-dog) was so well trained that he'd get to the curb, sit, and LOOK BOTH WAYS, make sure the coast was clear ,and then proceed!

I'm well trained, but I dun-wanna look both ways. I mean, what would mom do? Just stand there? So she looks, while I wait.

We went over to Grammy and Grampy's for dinner on Sunday night to celebrate mother's day; Grandma was there too! Winston had just gotten a bath and hair cut, boy did he look funny! When he's fluffy, he looks big, like me. But when I ran into the house to see him, I ran right past him 'cause I didn't recognize him!

He told me he felt better having less weight to carry around...and that he's starting to feel better from his leg injury (did I tell you that he broke his acl on his back leg? No one knows how he did it, because he doesn't really do too much- but somehow he did!)

When Grampy was outside grilling, Winston and I played in the yard. I pooped in a plant which made mom upset, but then Winston pooped in the garden! Mom said we weren't being very good boys, but when you gotta go, you gotta gooooo!

After everyone ate, mom and I played on the floor with my stuffed bottle of "sun tan lotion". Its the only toy I have that still squeaks so its really exciting when I get to play with it.

Something tells me I'm going to spending some time at Grammy and Grampy's house. Mom brought in a bag and secretly handed it to Gram. Of course she didn't see me watching- I didn't want to blow mom's under-cover operation...but I do wonder what's going on there...

When we were going home, Mom tried to put me in the back of the car, like always but I didn't wanna go. She said, "Jack, up-up" (like she always does) but I sat. Then Dad said, "Jaaaack, up-up. Come on buddy", but I just watched, not budging. Mom got my point, I didn't want to ride in the back, I
wanted to ride with my people!

Thankfully, dad gave in and I got to ride home on Mom's lap. It was so much fun seeing all the cars and people walking by us- mom even rolled down the window a little bit so I could stick my nose out.

It kinda hurt having my nose out the window because all the air came right up my nose (like when I get water up my nose when I'm at the lake...) but I didn't mind too much- I kept my head out there for as long as I could.

I think mom is going to have to wash the window now though. It was so exciting, I drooled a bit- dad thought this was funny too.

Now that I know the bbq's are out and working again- it means it won't be too much longer until we go up to the lake house :) Yippy! Happy Tuesday everyone :)