Posts Tagged With: dog

Things You Can’t Unsee: The Very Bad Dog

Dear Dog,

I’m as progressive as the next person, but I am not down with this inter-species humping.

Leave. The. Cat. Alone.

Meow means meow, man.


"This is mine."

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Dear Kids,

Sometimes he’ll lay there until we tuck you in. Sometimes he’ll lay there until you both settle down. Sometimes he doesn’t move until I think he’s sure your asleep.

And then he waits for us to go down and repeats. And I love him for it. This self-imposed night watch.


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A Lost Cat and A Glory Hound

Dear Kids,

Last night we lost the cat.


Usually he hides (wisely) until you kids go to bed. When we close your bedroom door he will be sitting at the top of the steps. “It’s my time now.”

He’ll meow his little heart out, leading us down to his food bowl like he’s sure we won’t remember to feed him this time. “Stupid humans.” I would like to point out that he has an automatic feeder. I literally just give it a shake so the food bowl appears magically full again.

Around 10:00 pm every night you can find him curled up and taking a post dinner nap atop his chosen family member; frequently me, but just as frequently the dog, and even sometimes your Dad.


It was almost exactly 10:00 pm last night when your Dad said out of the blue, “Where’s the cat?”

Good question.

We checked all of his usual spots, shook his bag of food, and when he still didn’t appear, I began to actually worry.

Had he gotten in to something poisonous? A mousetrap? Cleaning supplies? Had he snuck outside somehow when we let the dog out? Since his rescue 5 months ago he hasn’t been outside. Every opportunity we’ve offered him to explore out there was greeted with a distinct cat-like “Hell no.”

We tore the house apart (Quietly. Children were sleeping). We checked every closet, under every couch and bed, and the attic. I stood outside shaking a bag of cat treats while your father scoured the neighborhood. He found a fox, two rabbits, and a deer. But, no cat.

At around 11:30 pm we gave up our search and reassured ourselves that he would come home when he was ready. I went to bed and tried not to think about our resident fox and what his appetite might be like.

I woke up in the morning, exhausted and still very upset. I started thinking about which photo I should use for the ‘Lost Cat’ poster. Your father rolled over and yawned, “I found the cat.”

I say Billy upright in bed. “What?? When? Where?”

“Last night. 1:30. In the attic.”

“But I checked the attic!”

“He probably wasn’t there when you looked. That attic connects to all the crawl spaces running the whole length of the house.” And, thanks to the effectiveness of home insulation, we couldn’t hear him.

Apparently your Dad woke up at 1:30 am to scratching at the attic door. He opened it up and there was the cat. Hallelujah! The cat walked right past him and over to the dog, whom he snuggled up to and then set to purring like crazy. Like the dog did anything!

Hey Cat, you know what that dog did while you were missing? He chased an imaginary squirrel, licked himself, and then went to sleep. But he gets all the love??

I’d pretend to be more offended, but I’m honestly just so glad he’s back.

See you at 10:00 tonight, buddy?


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Can You Feel the Love Tonight?

Dear Kids,

It looks like love, right? The animals being all sweet and chummy with each other?


Ya, don’t be fooled. This is the treatment the dog gives the cat when the cat has…fleas.


Did I ruin the mood?

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Dear Puppy,

You never had it so good…


…Now, have you picked your color?

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Independence Day…a Dog Day of Summer

Dear Buddy,

You had a blast (pun intended) this forth of July! You ate chips (lots), rolled down a hill (repeatedly), saw a fire truck (without necessitating a fire), and played with sparklers.


Probably the highlight of your evening, though, was when you walked up to me complaining that you had something stuck in your teeth. You opened your mouth wide and…two gigantic pills rolled out of your mouth. Wha??

Turns out you’d gotten into your cousin’s dog’s medication. Awesome. After the initial shock, we took stock of the pills and concluded if you’d actually ingested any of the pills (doubtful), you’d get hungry (thyroid pill), not have a headache (Advil), have improved joint function (glucosimine), and have a nice shiny coat (fish oil). Honestly, I almost wish you’d taken the fish oil. Your coat’s been looking a little dull…


Puppies on the move...

Happy 4th!


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Mutt of Mutts

Dear Charlie,

What the heck are you??

Are you a German shepherd mix with that black face? Are you a Spitz with that curly tail? Some sort of Alpine breed with your love of snow? A Retriever mix with your love of retrieving? What??

Well, my furry friend, in 2-3 short weeks we shall KNOW! Thanks to Wisdom Panel 2.0! A little cheek scrubbing with the test swabs and we sent away to find out what the heck you are.

You were the only boy in a 4 puppy litter. You had one brown sister, one black sister, and one black sister with a white bib. You were the only brindled one. The rescue we got you from did not have your mother or father. Complete mystery pup.

The rescue guessed that you were a German shepherd/lab mix. We’ve heard a LOT of guesses. From the pet food clerk to the neighbors next door. Everyone thinks they KNOW what you are.

So, I invite you! Make your BEST GUESS! What breed(s) is this dog?? Answer revealed in 2-3 weeks.

Puppy at 6 wks

Puppy at 6 wks

Puppy at 3 mos

Puppy at 3 mos

Puppy at 5 mos

Puppy at 5 mos


Puppy at 6 mos

Puppy at 6 mos

Leave your guess in the comments below!


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Dear Puppy – Accident Prone

Dear Puppy,

I’m sorry that I’m constantly yelling at you. It’s just that I’m convinced you’re constantly trying to pee on the floor. It’s making us both neurotic. And probably making you pee on the floor.

You didn't...did you??

You didn’t…did you??


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Dear Kitten – Dog Scratch Fever

Dear Kitten,

A few mornings ago at breakfast, I complained to Daddy that he had woken me up several tines in the night scratching the mosquito bites on his legs.

“You were scratching like a dog last night!” I said.

Kitten you jumped right on that. “Daddy, I think we need to get you a dog…to help you with the scratching.”

A dog…for medicinal purposes! I guess I can’t argue with that…

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Dear Kids – So This Happened…




Over, and over, and over again…Apparently we don’t need to get you a dog, we just need to get you a dog door.

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