Monday, October 26, 2009

Strike One!


Don't let him fool you, he isn't as innocent as he looks....



So, this is the neighbor's cute dog (not my neighbors on my left, but the ones on my right for those of you who know my neighbors)  I had actually posted about this sweet puppy a few weeks back. So cute yet, the adorable little guy is pure evil. Okay, maybe not pure evil but he is a puppy and what do puppies like to do? Chew on things. I can say with confidence that just in his actions alone, he is most definitely, without a shadow of doubt ,a full blown chew it up, bite it, pull it, drag it puppy. It started with a bowl, then the car wash bucket and mit, and bottle of wax, and water hose, and then the final straw....He ate one of the patio cushions.


I believe it started out as an attempt to stay warm. Instead of digging a hole out in the yard and curling up in it, he decided to just dig a hole in the cushion and burrow himself in it. Once he got inside said cushion, he then thought ,hey, why not attack the stuffing and drag half of it out too...just for fun... It's just a cushion....just a cushion...a materialistic item that is not a necessity....that's what I kept repeating as I carried him back to the neighbor's house. I rang the bell while "Roscoe" as Travis likes to call him (even though the neighbor's named him Rodney, and by the way, he doesn't look like a Rodney...I wanted to call him Bruno or Birkley but Hello...not our dog, which is the whole point..so moving on....) All the vehicles were in the driveway...I rang the doorbell, not once, but twice...no answer. Hmm....they are avoiding me maybe. I stood there for a moment thinking about how that just didn't go as planned. I was ready for a nice polite confrontation about our issue but I wasn't planning on no answer at the door. So the discussion must wait. I sit Rodney-Roscoe-Bruno-Brinkley as i like to call him just for fun down and he follows me right back home. Nice. Round 2. I see Rodney-Roscoe-Bruno-Brinkley rounding the corner with half of a rodent in tow....yuck...sometimes nature is gross. About that time I see the neighbor coming outside...ha...now I've got you. I throw on my hoodie and head out the door. And here comes the puppy running towards me in hopes of presenting his "kill of the day" and he is getting too close with it...Nasty, Nasty...right next to my leg...ugh...(I had no idea I was such a girl until this moment of little dead carcuses swarming my legs...just eww...) Thankfully the neighbor calls for the dog and he takes off away from me...thank you, thank you... The neighbor looks up and I start to feel intimidated...(I can't stand that feeling by the way...so uncomfortable) he begins walking towards me, and much to my surprise, I say firmly, "We need to talk" He raises his eyebrows, comes down the steps of his porch and says, "Um, is this about all the animals?" I then explain to him that we love animals, in fact, we would love to have a dog but our yard isn't fenced in and we wouldn't feel comfortable pinning a dog up in a small pen. We don't want a dog until it has room to run without the ability to get off our property. I also mention to him that I do sympathize with him because puppies are a handful especially when it comes to chewing things up, like our patio furniture, and it is for that reason that we do not have a dog. I told him that it's fine for the dog to visit every now and then but no overnight stay. You see the dog is an inside dog, or should I say an inside/outside dog. All of the animals they have are. They all stay inside at night and come out during the day. Only the dog and one of the cats were supposed to only go outside to use the restroom then go back in but a certain daughter has not been taking responsibility when dad is at work and is leaving these animals that are used to being inside 90% of the time, out all day and all night and they aren't being fed nor brought back in before it gets cold so for some reason they are piling up at my house. I have to take a chunk of the blame because at 1st it was just the 1 cat that they used to keep inside all the time and i felt so sorry for it. (It looked sick like it hadn't ate for weeks) so I HAD to feed it...i know, i know, i set myself up. travis said not to but it hung around for days crying and clawing at the windows, the fact that I lasted one hour let alone days before giving in already makes me feel a little heartless. either way, i fed one and that brought all the animals over. Regardless, I told him to please just call the dog inside before he goes to work in the evenings so it isn't freezing outside and trying to stay warm inside my cushions...i thought it went over well..that is until Carter and I got home from Walmart last night and there was Rodney-Roscoe-Bruno-Brinkley curled up shivering on our porch.Ugh. so, I delivered him to my neighbor. I went up the steps, rang the bell, and when the door opened, I placed the dog in my neighbor's arms and without any thought or hesitation I said, "Strike One"..lol...what was that? no idea where it came from....like "ooohhh...don't get 3 strikes or else"...That was alittle out of character and possibly out of line don't you think, especially someone who began feeding someone else's animals and kinda sorta renamed them...hmm.. BUT guess what? Tonight is the 1st night in over 2 weeks, i don't have a cold little puppy whimpering outside so I'm thinking, all and all it was worth it, even if i came across like a complete loon. hopefully there won't be a strike 2 or 3..because, I have no idea what the repercussions will be :)

6 comments:

Kellie said...

you are so cool lol

~Kim~ said...

I LOL'd at your strike one! ;) I think you handled that situation quite well. Kudos to you!

Heather said...

Lol, the "strike one" remark was hilarious (even though I don't think it was meant to be)...totally something I would have said in the heat of the moment too!

Kristin Green said...

I have the same problem with my neighbors cats! They are always over here for some reason or another and they get my dogs barking at 1, 2, 3, 4 oclock in te morning and it keeps us up all night long! There is this one little orange cat that has recently showed up at my house and I have not seen it around before, but it too looked like it hadnt ate in days and was shivering and clawing at my door. I wanted to let it in so bad to get it warm but I for one am not a cat person, 2. I am fixing to have a baby and 3. harlow just doesnt like cats lol So i went to the dollar store and got it a small bag of cat food and got one of harlows toy baskets but a blanket in it so it could sleep and be warm. Now it says around and her and harlow play through the door its quite funny! love your story!

Wesley Hillis said...

Your too mean... kidding.. Your wayy to nice I prob would have thrown the puppy to them!! =)

Kristin Green said...

yes anden feels like he is fixing to burst right through my belly! I wake up to a elbow or foot or butt pressing against my belly and all up in my ribs. Its quite uncomfortable but then again its the most amazing thing ever!