With family or friends, the poop that flies is not nearly as easy to scoop up in a plastic Wal-Mart bag and yet it’s just as toxic. It is the kind of stuff where someone says something about someone else and as it goes around, it gets inflated and creates havoc. In families, it can create scenarios where someone can become the scape goat whereby one person becomes the cause of every bad; the root of all evil and no one cares anymore. This is like a board game that ends with the pieces and the board getting thrown up in the air except its real life. Dogs sometimes have it easier, aye?
When it comes to fashion, Charley loves whatever I have on. Infact so much so that he rubs up against it to basically love on it. Too bad his hair has a way of falling off and depositing itself on my articles of clothing! We have actually now placed lint rollers, or should I say “Charley hair rollers” at key locations throughout all of our entrances to our house and in all of our motor vehicles except our lawn mower. My husband says it is irrelevant to have dog hair on clothing when mowing the lawn. The one and only time you can walk out the door and not have to spend 15 to 30 minutes swatting every area of your body with a roller! In the country, clothing on mowers is optional. Heck, dogs luck out in this area of life, never having to wear any. Having a dog is like having a close friend that is not into fashion at all, unlike some people I know who shall remember nameless!
I love how no matter how long I am gone; Charley is just as excited to see me. I can simply go outside and get the mail and it is as I was gone for days. Charley is wagging his tail, smiling and eager to see me walk through the door again. Not too many people in your life are that eager to see you. I think my friends Bonni and Gary would agree as their dog Roxie goes positively nuts when you come over, even strangers! What is even more precious is every day, when Gary comes home; Roxie arrives at the door to greet him and has held on to her little gift, her daily dump. Yep, how many of us would be willing to actually hold on to something we need to do and fight the urge just so we could wait and save it for our best buddy? You just have to love Roxie’s loyalty to Gary! I know Gary just treasures his girl.
Friends come and go in your lifetime, unfortunately too many times. Even with family, far too often anymore, it feels as if they are not there when you need them. In my circle, I sometimes feel used more than aided. That is, with the exception of Charley. He, as long as he is kept on a lead, is always within a leash length to help me. I do mean that literally. When I need him to be there for me he is. Unfortunately, his only major deterrent from this is his pesky persistence in trying to jump our fence. Even an electric fence won’t work with Charley either so we are the only family I know that walks a dog on a leash in a fenced in yard. But, if that is the price I have to pay to have a loyal friend and companion, and keep him somewhat captive, I will. Everyone has to have friends. So maybe I have to cohere mine a bit. We all do what we have to.
My daughter in law, her dog, Bruiser, he thinks every dog wants to mate with him. Bruiser should be nicknamed, Boner. I really don’t think any further explanation is needed is it? We simply stare in amazement when he is at our house to see a small beagle boxer mix humping the side of a sleeping 112 lb. lab. I think Bruiser has read too much doggie porn!
But again, Rebekah has had Bruiser for a very long time and he is a loyal dog and a wonderful companion. We all need that. When times were tough, Bruiser was there. Just like Charley. That is what counts.
So yeah, dogs can be weird. So are you sometimes. We dog owners can put up with their idiosyncrasies. But heck, they put up with all of ours and never ever spill their guts and tell a sole about any of ours, they are totally trustworthy. Come on, where do you find friends like that? Who never laughs at you even when you are stupid? Who sits with you even when you are stinky? Who loves you, baby, all the time? One place only will you find that..... in the doggie kingdom. Adopt a dog, not a family member or a friend! You just might live longer!