Sunday, February 19, 2006

Bringing Up Baby

I think my doggie and I have finally bonded. While the Man was away this weekend, we were forced to come to terms with our relationship. Frankly, a lot of the things I thought to myself this weekend reminded me of what I frequently hear from parents of newly mobile children...

1. "I swear, I couldn't even find time to shower without her crying."

2. "She follows me around like a shadow....if I stop to quickly her nose would go up my butt."

3. "I'm all touched out....I don't want to hug or be hugged.....I've been clung to all day."

4. "I THOUGHT I baby-proofed everything....somehow she found it."

5. "She really just needs a nap."

The dog park is really no different than PTA or booster club meetings. All the "knowing" parents stand around and talk about getting their dogs in to the "right" training course and the best "kennel".

It was just like a scene out of Steve Martin's "Parenthood". There were all the Rick Moranis-type parents talking about training concepts and their dogs were working hard on learning new tricks. Meanwhile, my dog has the bucket on her head and is ramming her head into a tree. She's been to the "free" beginner's class three times.

But that's okay. When we take our afternoon nap. She lies on the floor beside me and I can hear her sigh. When I roll over to get more comfortable, so does she. And when I get up to get a drink of water, so does she. Like mother, like daughter.

We're gonna be just fine.


Blogger Ditsy Chick said...

Does she want siblings? That's when the real trouble starts...

7:49 PM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

At least you don't have to worry about paying for college!

8:24 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Awwwwwwwww. ;)

(It had to be said.)

1:22 AM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

Dogs don't have to be completely brilliant to love you unconditionally and be the best companion ever. :)

6:34 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

They say that pets make people live longer. I want to know who the hell "they" are and if they ever had to get down on all fours and beg a dog to befriend them. I'm glad it wasn't that hard.

7:57 AM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Like they say in the movie Parenthood, "You must be so proud!"

10:28 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

I am loving the MRD stories. She is so freaking cute and the Parenthood analogy cracks me up.

12:07 PM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

OMG! The bucket on the head banging against a tree made me tinkle a little.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Parenthood is in my top 10 list. I feel like every aspect of my life has some applicable quote in that movie. And yeah, what Brooke said.

"Well if your grandma's so smart, why is she sitting in the neighbor's car?"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oreo follows me to the bathroom and waits outside the door every time I take a shower. I think she thinks the water is going to swallow me alive and wants to make sure I'm coming back to give her treats.


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