Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dogless once more

Kita went home.

As sweet as she is, it was a little bit of a relief. I'd forgotten how much attention a dog requires. And if you don't give them as much as they want, they find other ways to amuse themselves.

1) Chasing cats. Kita does this at home and her owner thinks it's funny. Of course, she's chasing her own cat, who actually provokes the chasing - it's playing. But OUR cats don't understand this. Poor Misha lived upstairs after being chased, then stuck in the garage for a day and a night because that's where the dog stayed at night and we didn't know she was hiding in there. Now, two days after Kita went home, she's still hanging around upstairs because she's not positive the thing is gone.

2) Chewing. Kita's still a puppy and when she's bored, she chews on stuff. She mangled one of my husband's shoes. She brought BRICKS up on the deck and chewed on them. She managed to get a hold of the pineapple top (which stunk to high heaven and was banished to the porch) and chew that to pieces. The old bathroom rug is toast. And one of our banana trees was taken down and shredded on the deck. All this despite plenty of chewies and toys. Dogs are messy.

3) Fleas. No - this is not an alternative to attention but it is a consideration in getting re-used to dogs. We gave her a flea bath and put topical flea stuff on her - and she STILL had fleas. Her fur was short but VERY dense and getting a flea comb through it was hard. I'm very allergic to fleas, but am willing to put up with a certain amount of discomfort and scarring to have my fur babies around. The cats are actually fairly easy to manage in the flea department, but the dog had me throwing my hands up in despair. Maybe its just her. I don't know.

All that being said, I see a new furbaby in our near future. It won't be Kita. Her daddy is too attached to give her up, and my husband, after seeing the dog in her own environment interacting with her "pack" has given up the idea of having this particular dog. She is quite happy with her own family. We miss having a dog. Or two. They're messy, drooly attention hogs, but if you get them, love them, train them - you have a friend and protector for the rest of their life.

A visit to the pound is looming after the holiday. I just don't know when that will happen exactly...

11 comments:

Nikki said...

Hope you get a puppy who won't fart, chew, have upset stomach, bark, howl, hump your leg or sniff the crotch's of your guests....

Good luck with that.

swampy said...

Does that kind of puppy exist...the kind that Nikki has described? I'll just be happy when
theHansMan doesn't do any of those things.

Sayre said...

Oh, but those kind of dogs DO exist. There's one on my son's shelf right now...

The chewing and barking, humping and sniffing can be trained out, but the farting and upset stomach part are just par for the course. I think my son will be thrilled to have something else to blame the smell on...

Me said...

i love that name - kita
kita kita - how cute!
Wanted to let you know how beautiful this was:
"I love old pictures. They bring back memories you didn't even remember that you had."

It's just beautiful!!!!
and ps: sure...i'll come help you unpack...ahem...sure ;)

min said...

I think what nikki is implying is that you need another cat.

Sayre said...

Oh, but I have four already! And a friend is trying to get us to take one whose owner recently died. We're saying no (4 is the magic number), but trying to find someone else to take it.

nikki said...

Nikki? Are you alive? I thought you disappeared?

I miss having furry ones living with me...wait, I have Kevin, never mind, he's furry enough.

Anonymous said...

"Hope you get a puppy who won't fart, chew, have upset stomach, bark, howl, hump your leg or sniff the crotch's of your guests....

Good luck with that."

Puppy? Hell she doesn't have any BROTHERS who meet that standard!

:D
John

ablondeblogger said...

Our dog just vomitted all over our chair and ottoman. Yeah. Lovin' her right now!

Stephanie said...

*singing*
Sooome-daaaayyyy
My pooooch will come..."

Sayre said...

My pooch is coming sooner than I thought. When I got home today, my husband asked how I felt about Kita coming to stay with us permanently. After having her back for three days, the owners are rethinking things and have decided that they don't really need a dog right now.

But we do and she already "knows" us and we have a relationship now. So tomorrow - Kita comes home!