Monday, January 9, 2012

On the Fence Covered in Dog Hair

I see I lost a follower. I would like to say "it doesn't matter" but for some reason it does. Why? I have no idea. I spent a few minutes trying to figure out who it was and finally told myself to move on, already. Criminy sakes, I'm not in Junior High anymore! But, obviously, it's still bothering me as it's the first thing I mention in my first blog post of 2012.

2012. What will you bring us this year? I don't see any flying cars or jet packs nor are people being beamed up to various places. Interesting how 25 years ago, the year 2012 seemed a lot more exciting! Of course, if you are one of the whackos that believes the year will end in December, then that's probably enough excitement for you .

Christmas here was good!  We got all our get togethers done between Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Which was awesome! We usually have a couple more after Christmas day, but not this year. We sat around and played with our new toys and ate junk, the day after Christmas. Which was just what we needed.

New Year's isn't very exciting here but we did let the kids stay up until just after midnight.  They thought that was a big treat. And, mom and dad enjoyed them sleeping in the next day.

With New Years comes resolutions. Blah. Hate that word. But, of course, it's hard to not stop and think about some changes that I would like to see in my life. So, I do have a few things I'm working on. But, making resolutions just to make myself feel bad when I don't keep them, is not my thing.

Some time ago, we lost our only dog, Daisy.  At the time, we were all very sad, but after awhile, all the things that bugged me about having a dog?  I enjoyed not having to deal with them. But, it has been almost 2 years and my husband is ready for another dog. And...I'm on the fence. The kids would REALLY love a dog.  And, kids need a dog, right? To play with. To protect them. It's part of growing up, in my opinion.
But, I hate dog hair. And dog slobber. And dog poop.

When my husband's friend needed a dog sitter for their TWO dogs, I volunteered. Yup. VOLUNTEERED. My house. And, not only are there two of them, one is a rottweiler and the other is a pit bull. I know. (Please, don't lecture me in the comments. I know how horrible it sounds. But, I swear to all things holy, if I get one more person's opinion about anything that is none of their business, I will lose it. Oh, and I have another blog post in the works about opinions but I'm just a tad heated up about it right now so it probably wouldn't make much sense so we will just go back to talking about dog hair, m'kay?)
But, the reality of it is, they are the sweetest dogs. And, so well behaved. However, they do have hair. Lots of it. And, one of them is all kinds of  large:

168lb Bo with my niece, Brandi. I don't know how much she weighs. But, she's skinny. I hate love her anyway, tho.
We are looking at the next 10 days as a trial run of how a dog would fit back into our family. So far, the kids are an unified "Heck, yes!!" and Dad too. Mom, (me) is kinda coming off the fence. All the hair, people!! Literally, at one point Saturday, I was following around this dog, with a broom. But, there is just something about an animal loving you unconditionally and doesn't talk back or demand to wear shorts no matter that it is 30 degrees outside and throws a fit 3 min. before the school bus is due and wins the battle because I'm too exhausted to fight anymore. There's just something about a dog.

So, we will re-evaluate after this trial run and in the spring, when puppies are due. We do have a certain breed in mind and we would only get one dog. won't weigh 168lbs. Hopefully. But, I bet it will have hair. Sigh....


  1. Don't worry about the follower thing. They come and go. You're not writing for them, you're writing for yourself.

    The dog thing? No one's business. The absolute sweetest dog I've ever met was a GIGANTIC pit bull named Hank. That family had six children, the smallest about 15 months old at the time. The two littlest ones would climb all over him and he'd sit there with a goofy grin on his face and his little stump of a tail would wag furiously the whole time. If one of them was angry or cried or needed mom, Hank would stand guard and pace back and forth between the kid and Mom until Mom came to find out what was going on.

    Don't worry about what people think about your dog or your blog.

  2. I understand about the dog hair since Tucker sheds like 10 dogs. Know what? I love him so much! The heck with the dog hair! He's a mutt from a shelter that we got as a little teeny puppy. He's 60 lbs now which is a nice mid-range size for a dog. Dogs are awesome companions but are, of course, a lot of work.

  3. To the follower that left I say: "Psh! Whatever." (Because I'm so mature.)

    To the dog I say: GO FOR IT (take into consideration that my child wrote, "Puppy" on my grocery list this morning and I came home empty handed) - but we already have a dog so I feel no guilt.

    I can't wait to see what you guys get (because you're obviously going to get one... you *have* to!). :)

  4. I lost my first follower the other day. Then gained back 7.

    Ehh... I figure if they want to read they can, if not that's good too. I'm just gonna keep doing my thing. :)

    And as for the dog issue.... god help ya. I'd say I'd never do it again but then I'll most certainly end up with one on my doorstep. So, I'll say I hope I never have to care for another dog again.

    Fish. Fish are good. More of a craft project really.

  5. Yeah, I lost a follower recently too and it bugged me. Why? Not so sure! I finally turned off anonymous comments. I am done with opinions and put downs and all that crap. We have two dogs now (cough cough). They are weiner dogs and run all over the place all day. LOL


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