Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I dream of intruders


Everyone, I have decided, thinks that they own the "best dog." Despite the fact that they sometimes do some obnoxious things, most of us forgive our dogs and continue living in our lives in such a way that we believe our dog is awesome.

I am no exception. I believe that our AKC Certified Purebred Labrador Retriever with papers that prove such lab mix, Rudi, is the best dog. She's well-mannered. She knows how to sit. And shake! She likes giving tongue baths (don't ask). She barks at strangers who step foot on our property. She asks nicely for a sample of cheese. She likes cucumbers. And watermelon. She's potty trained. And polite.

Despite her shortcomings (like chasing wild animals in the backyard and a now-infamous bout with explosive diarrhea after invading a nest of baby bunnies) we love her anyway. We really do think she's the best dog ever. But, she's not without her quirks.

Take her sleeping patterns, for example. I invested a semi-large sum of money in purchasing a delightfully rugged and comfortable bed for Rudi from L.L. Bean. It's canvas. And sage green with khaki piping. And sitting at the foot of our bed. She enjoys this bed, but only when we're looking.



When we aren't looking (or after we fall asleep, either way) she sneakily heads from this semi-expensive bed and sleeps on her other bed: the couch. The couch, she has decided is a far superior "bed" and being told not to use the couch as a bed only adds to the excitement. It's as though doing something forbidden makes the couch that much more comfortable!

Another thing she does at random is awake in the dead of night, run to the large 3-paneled glass doors on the back of the house and bark furiously. At 2:45 a.m. At nothing. Nothing at all. The thing about Rudi is that she only barks for a purpose. That purpose is usually a stranger at the door. So, naturally one would think that at such a time a random a scary, creepy man was on our property. Being creepy. And our guard dog caught him in the act, right? Wrong. Trust me, she's wrong. I've canvased the property with my mace. I've let the dog outside to attack whomever is hiding in the shadows. There's no one hiding. And there are no shadows.

So, one can only conclude that Rudi is dreaming. And like any good dog, she's dreaming of strange men in our yard. At 2:45 a.m. Naturally.

9 comments:

Shy said...

Thats a very good dog. Btw, stopping by from FMBT and im your brand new follower. Hope to see you at my blog

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Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

What a sweet looking dog! My kids would fall in love with her! I am now following you too :)
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Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Beautiful pup!

I'm your newest follower from Follow Me Back Tuesday!

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BEAR's Mom said...

I hear ya sistah...I have BEAR snoring under my table and her feet are moving like she's rounding the corner and the squirrel is a goner!

I always tell people that BEAR is better behaved than my kids...at least she doesn't talk back :D

~victoria~

Singlemama said...

Cute dog! My daughter would LOVE it!

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Jessi said...

Hi, I'm just stoppin by from the Blog Hop.

Your dog is such a cutie. Isn't it funny how dogs don't want to use dog beds when they have a couch or a human bed? My older dog lays next to me and steals my pillow every single night. And I let him.

I'm your newest follower!

<3 Jessi @ http://thejuicilife.blogspot.com

Suzy @ Joy Is At Home said...

Hey girl! I'm your newest follower from Wandering Wed and first of all I love your blog title! Hope the cornfields are treating you alright! I'm from suburbia MN so I understand. As for the dog, she's adorable! My dog sleeps with us every night but I have to admit, I let her. She's only 4 lbs and can't even get up onto the bed... but why would you have a 4 lb dog and not wanna cuddle w/her at night right? :) She somehow steals my entire blanket and pillow though. every night!

Anyway, i'm looking forward to following your blog! HOpe you'll stop by... I'm having a giveaway right now for some hair accessories and I'm a small blog so you have great odds! :) Have a good one!

Suzy @ joyisathome.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Hi, Stopping by from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. Following you now.

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Crystal said...

ahhhh what a good girl. She's so cute!! Great post.

Crystal
http://survivingandthrivinginmom-dom.blogspot.com

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