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Thankfully, dogs need us. - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
If I should fall behind, Guyster, wait for me.
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Thankfully, dogs need us.
I was lazily exploring the small streets in my new neighborhood when I slowed down to a crawl while looking at a row of five Sears kit houses to my left. The homes were in disrepair except for the fourth one that had been lovingly restored.

Movement caught my eye on the right. The first thing I saw was a young Asian boy, maybe six or seven, running from his apartment complex with his arms flailing out from his sides. His father was close behind him. Between two parked cars, I saw a small black dog leading the pair on their chase. The dog was headed straight for the traffic on Vermont Avenue.

Just before the curb of the street, the father lunged and grabbed the small dog into his arms. His son reached up, petting his little friend, and the pair walked back to the open courtyard of their apartment, no doubt giving that dog a piece of their mind.
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It was around three this morning when I heard the noise from downstairs. I looked toward my bedside stand and saw that Billy’s candle had already burned its course. I reached to my right and found Steve wasn’t in bed with me. While I slowly pulled back the covers, I heard loud banging coming up the back stairs. Completely unprepared to fend of an attacker, I sat there waiting.

Steve stood in the doorway, lit by the nightlight from the bathroom, the plastic lid from the kitchen trashcan around his neck like an unwanted necklace. He looked embarrassed and all I could do was slowly take it off, kiss his nose, and welcome him back to bed.

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mengus From: mengus Date: January 30th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Gramp's sold the Sears kit house he was born in in the late 90's, when he finally moved out to the farm - after keeping two houses for like 41 years. I can't believe I know someone that knows what that is.

Hi. Been thinking about you lately, but I've been so busy.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 30th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Sears houses are beautiful, and damned sturdy. I think the ones I saw were Model no. 147.

Call anytime!
creactivity From: creactivity Date: January 30th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
the plastic lid from the kitchen trashcan around his neck like an unwanted necklace. He looked embarrassed

How gracious it is to respond to embarrassment with such kindness.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 30th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I were Simon Cowell, I would've told him he looked absolutely appalling. But he didn't. He just looked a little scared and very cute.
From: ex_hotlavamo352 Date: January 30th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you are making America worse with yr flippant unkindness to dogs. That dog has been told his entire life that he looked amazing with a trash can around his neck. FOR SHAME.
mondragon From: mondragon Date: January 30th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cooper is rarely bad and when he is it is almost always getting into the trash for something tasty when we're not home.

He's so sad and ultimately comical when we come home and he knows that he's done something bad that all we can do is laugh, love him, and pick up the small mess.

I don't know how I survived without a dog.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 30th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a good dog daddy, too. I figure they've already gone through a lot of emotional turmoil from their mistake, so why should we make it worse for them?

Say hi to Cooper!
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: January 30th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a wonderful parent.
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guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 30th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
You called him "big dummy"! I love you for that.
stutts From: stutts Date: January 30th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least dogs have the good sense to be embarrassed in that situation. When cats get something stuck around their neck they flip out.
From: tequilaprophet Date: January 30th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
A beautiful scene.
lapalomita From: lapalomita Date: January 30th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminds me of the time R & I was playing w/Lola in Central Park when she decided it would be a good idea to chase after a man on the bicycle. She was off of her leash (shame on me) & never'd done anything like that before. I was mortified! Thankfully, R caught up to her before she could hurt herself or someone else. That choo-choo face! *squee*

Poor Steve! I would have been embarassed too!
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 30th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's so scary when dogs just take off, and you can't determine where they're going to go. I had that dash with Steve our first week.

If I find you rooting around my kitchen trash, I'll be certain to treat you kindly.
fidgetcub From: fidgetcub Date: January 31st, 2006 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)

This went from confusing...

to sweet when I remembered that Steve was your new dog!
From: kelly_green Date: January 31st, 2006 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
life is so boring without pets to entertain you!
ridiculicious From: ridiculicious Date: January 31st, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, before I read that Steve was a dog, I was really wondering what kind of man you brought home.

I wuv my dog.
poodler From: poodler Date: January 31st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

LOL

Damn, where's the camera when you really need it? Very funny story.
In 2003 Glen and I moved out of our house and stayed with his parents (5 minutes away) during our renovation. One evening I returned to their home and found they were out and that our Springer was not waiting for me at the front door. I assumed that they had taken her for a walk but I was puzzled why they had left my corgi. When I got upstairs I found Hannah with a potato chip bag stuck over her head. She had gotten so far in the bag that she couldn't shake it off. Fortunately it didn't suffocate her but I instantly knew that the in-laws needed a soft talk on securing garbage.
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