What’s Left?

Aug 25th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

I think I’ve told you I have a new dog. Well, I didn’t intend to have a new dog - what with all the cats I have. I really didn’t intend to keep this stray that I found. Anyway, she (Lucy) is sweet, kind of, and very curious and has more energy than a nuclear reactor. She gets up in the morning and goes out with one of my younger dogs in the pen (large 1/2 acre) and runs him to the ground. Then he (Little Buddy)  swims in the pool and she stands there and barks at him. He gets in the pool to get away from her. She likes the water from the hose but is still afraid of the water since she has accidentally fallen in the pool five times already. Luckily, I was with her each of those times. But, I wanted her to get used to the water in case she ever falls in without me out there. So, yesterday, I threw her in the pool just by the steps. She immediately swam to the steps and got out. We did that a few times and I will slowly get her further away from the steps until I feel she is more comfortable with it. But these 100-degree days have been brutal for the poor animals outside. Little Buddy runs straight to the pool when I let him out of the pen and now he will get in by himself and swim about 5 ft. out and turn around and swim back to the steps. I threw him in at the deep end yesterday to see if he would know to swim down to the steps - with my son in the pool - just in case. Little Buddy swam straight to the steps and got out. He was fine. So that made me feel good. One of the things that having this new dog - who, for now, is staying in the house in a cage most of the time - is that I have gotten to see all the various constellations at 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. She is getting better about when she needs to go out. Mostly now she only wakes me up once in the night to go out. But, she is up for the day at daylight. My cats are not so sure they like her but they are getting used to her bounding through the bedroom and grabbing one of their toys and then chasing any one of them who takes off running. She doesn’t do anything if she catches up with them except lick them. It has added at least 20% more work to my routine and I’m hoping that will lessen as this dog matures.

I hope you school kids and parents are getting back into your school routine!

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!