Thursday, November 15, 2007
Poo's and other ramblings of the fevered mind
I have been sick with the crud for the last couple of days. Fever, head congestion, snuffles, you know. So I was less then thrilled with Zoey's daily ritual today.
I have woods behind my house. 4 or 5 blocks worth. We have trails throughout them the deer made and it is a great place to walk Zoey so I don't have to clean up her.... well you know..... Poo! But what a price I pay with a scent dog.
I suppose all dogs are like this. Heavens forbid they go in the same place twice. And I swear she can smell where she went 5 years ago. Lately she has decided the only place she really wants to go is 3 blocks away on the top of a steep hill. To find her way she has to sniff every leaf and blade of grass plus exposed tree branch on the way.
Feverish I stumble along in my Uggs and PJ's telling her to just hurry it up. I don't feel good. Just GO Zoey I mutter. Several times she stops and I think Yes Yes, only to have her continue on. Since I have been sick I have tried just putting her on her chain, welling to put up with the mess just so I could stay huddled under my blanket feeling sorry for myself. Being the selfish little Witch she is she just barks every 2 seconds over and over and over again until I finally crawl out there and do the walk.
Times like this I really miss Rick. This is his ritual. He is the one who got her started on this. Him. Not me.
After that ritual is the (now you must feed me ritual). All this before I have even enjoyed my first cup of good strong hot coffee which I am rarely too sick to enjoy.
She will lay her head on my lab and softly whine under her breath. If I move a hair she leaps back with a silly grin, putting her chest to the floor and her butt up...tail madly waving. Yay, your coming. Lets eat.
This was also part of Ricks ritual. I had her trained so I could just keep food in her bowl and she would eat when she got hungry. Rick decided that looked boring so he slowing started adding more and more items to the menu. Today. I give her 1/3 cup of natures balance natural soft food mixed with senior Flint River Ranch Plus with a slab of natural lamb and rice sausage cut up and stirred into the entire mess. It must be heated for 20 sec to bring out the subtle flavors. If I have done it correctly she will have the entire bowl eaten within 10 sec but if it isn't exactly the way she likes it it will sit there the entire day while she looks at you reproachfully and pretends to be wasting away at my feet. She will lay facing away from me with a timed huge sigh every few seconds.
Today I must have been right on as she has eaten and gone back to bed. Her way of finishing up a perfect morning. Me, I am sitting here finally drinking my coffee and making an entry. An hour after I got up. This dog better be really glad I like her. Really glad.
Posted by Julie at 8:23 AM