Thursday, January 03, 2008

In the doghouse now

This is Burton. Burton is a dog - a cocker spaniel in fact (just in case you couldn't tell). Right now he is living at my house. Let me tell you why:

Burton belongs to my brother, who is having a difficult time right now. He's had to move into a place where he cannot have a pet, and he couldn't bare to lose his best friend in the midst of the rest of his crappy life. So, being the benevolent sister that I am, I agreed to "doggie sit" for an extended amount of time. I'm not sure why either, because I'm SOO OO not a dog person.

Don't get me wrong - I love all things cute and furry (and they seem to love me too). But dogs are so noisy, and smelly, and they take lots of time and patience. And they chew everything (at least in my experience). I'm much more a cat person, but that is beside the point.

Really, Burton is a good doggie. He's obedient for the most part, and is housetrained. He's calm and patient with the girls, and he lets them maul him all day. I'm just not a dog person (have I mentioned that already?) For some reason, Burton has become extremely attached to me - like he won't venture more than 3 feet from my side. Its actually very cute and extremely annoying at the same time. He even watches me pee - I can't go anywhere without the poor guy. I already have 2 girls who are pretty much attached to my hip - I don't need a 3rd wheel (or 4th?). Regardless, my patience is growing thin.

Add that to the fact that this dog likes to chew. He's only 8 months old, so still in the puppy stage. But its becomming very annoying. Last night, I hopped into the shower after my run. Of course he sat on the floor of the bathroom to wait - or so I thought. Really, he was just biding his time until the glass fogged up enough that I couldn't see him any longer so that he could rummage through trash. By the time I got out of the shower, he'd chewed up and spit out several used tissues. I spent the next 20 minutes cleaning up regurgitated tissue. So not fun.

My poor kitty doesn't like him much either. They fight like - well, they fight like cats and dogs. Burton wants to be her friend, but kitty wants nothing to do with him. He chases her, she growls and hisses, and then he runs away crying. It would be comical if I didn't feel badly for my poor kitty. I think she's feeling displaced and neglected.

He also wakes me up in the night. I haven't had a full night of sleep since he came to visit. Apparently he can hold his pee all day while I'm at work, but in the night he has to go every 3-4 hours. Nice. Add that to the fact that Bryn still wakes at least once every night, and he has to accompany me into her room. She thinks his doggie tags are jingle bells, and she'd rather play then sleep at that point.

I'm so tired - and so not a dog person.

He is cute though, and the girls love him:





I'm just not a dog person . . .

10 comments:

Anne Marie said...

I'm with you on not being a dog person. I am not at all! I can't even pet them. I don't think I would agree to dogsit for anyone, ever. You are so nice! Cute pictures of your girls, by the way!

pithydithy said...

I'm a dog person, but I still could do without the hair that mine sheds all over the house. Just keep reminding yourself that you're clearly a wonderful sister. And that puppyhood passes and with it usually goes the chewing. (I'm guessing he does have toys and stuff he is allowed to chew? My puppies did, but they still would go for our belongings anyway until we finally had them trained-- or they just grew out of it.)

Jess T said...

Oh my! He is sooooo adorable! :)

Anonymous said...

He is beautiful!! I love him.

Lynita said...

Okay so you just made my life a little easier. When we left Utah we had to leave our beautiful dog Koda behind and I have really been missing him. After reading this though I remember all the things I don't miss and it makes the separation easier. I told Ryan no dog until we have a yard and a dog house for one! I too felt like my dog was another child. When I was preggers with Ethan, Koda would get under my feet and I would step on him and almost fall, not good for a pregnant woman. So yes you are a wonderful sister, and I sympathize with you!

Kari said...

Oh Christie, just you wait - this dog will win you over and melt your heart! That's what they do. :) I am a dog lover and even though there are things that Bailey does that drive me crazy (I can relate to the trash story) I still love her to pieces and can't imagine my life without her. The puppy stage is a challenge, but it's also when they are super cute and funny. Why do you think all my blog posts are about Bailey?! She's the light in our lives. Of course, when Londyn comes she's going to have some serious attention withdrawals....

Erin said...

It is a cute puppy but I hear you on the stress of taking care of something that you didn't necessarily sign up for. It's hard to take care of other people's stuff. At least the girls like the dog and the dog tolerates the girls.

Good Luck!

carrie christensen said...

The dog is adorable!! I'm like you....I'm not really a dog person. I love dogs though....just at other people's houses. ha ha Your girls look like they're in heaven though.... That's so nice of you to do that for your brother!! It's hard to find babysitters for our kids, let alone our dog!! You're amazing. :o)

The Gatherum Family said...

That dog is so dang cute. I love that his name is Burton! I am with you though, NOT a dog person, though we have two, they are BIG outside dogs! I thought having them outside would be okay, but it does pose it's own set of problems. I wish we didn't have ANY pets, not gonna lie, but what do ya do? He's really cute though :)

Julia said...

Oh wow. I am SUCH a dog person. I love, love, love them and am begging Jeff for another even though we already have an aussie (she's 14 though..we need someone to rough-house with the boy). That is way nice of you (as a non-dog person) to dogsit for your brother. Your girls will be asking for a puppy once Burton leaves. Be ready :)