dogs, foibles and the human condition

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The sun is shinning, the birds are chirping, Mr FD is still away…

The only downside of Mr FD’s absence has been Augie Dog.  Mr FD usually sees to Augie’s nightie toilet issues, but when he is away it falls to me. The uninterrupted nights I dream of become a bit of a farce when Augie starts whimpering bedside to go out for relief. A forty kilo Golden Retriever will not be ignored!

We don’t have doggie doors, as it would have to be the size of a small adult, and would just be an open invitation for snakes and other wildlife. Augie is more of an indoor dog as well, due to the snake issues, and limited fencing. That said, he does not suffer from his lack of independence.

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Augie is also well trained. He knows exactly when it is time for me to rise each school morning. Sadly, he thinks I should rise at the same time on weekends and vacations as well! Sometimes, I just take him out to the toilet run before returning to bed, other times we take tea and toast together. He likes his toast still warm, buttered; peanut butter is permitted. So is vegemite, jam, honey and anything else Mama FD is having on her toast!

In the next couple of weeks, Augie will be getting a short back and sides trim for the warmer months, and maybe the piles of hair, full tufts, that he leaves everywhere will decrease. False dreams I know! Some days I do feel as though I just follow him about collecting hair. If only I was one of those women who turn animal hair into useful things like face washers or boot liners. As it is, I would probably vomit at the mere thought of it!

I did once in my earlier fashionista days wear a dress that had a portion of rabbit hair. That didn’t bother me until much later, but in the end I think I was almost relieved when I put on baby weight and we parted ways. And yet, I can tuck into a large beef steak with wild abandon. We are complicated individuals, we humans.

The issue I am grappling with today is : do I shed the pjs, or not?

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4 thoughts on “dogs, foibles and the human condition

  1. What are the alternatives to pjs? Cotton nightgown, shorts set, or nothing at all?

    I still get hot flashes at night, so shucking the pjs is not a question for me. It’s usually a must. Though fall starts in another week, the weather here is still very summer-like, though I am running the AC less and less now. Last night was even a little chilly, enough that I reached for a sweater when I went outside to look for the cat. You ought to be grateful Augie is so well-behaved. Cats have their own mind as to whether they stay on their humans’ premises or decide to walk out without so much as a “bye bye.”

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  2. don’t shed the pjs.

    back when i first adopted espressa and her brother (Mocha), they somehow learned the difference between weekdays and weekends and would sleep in late with me on Sat/Sun.

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