7.08.2007

We must be crazy because



we have three dogs. Normal people have zero or one dog. Dog-lovers have two dogs. People with any more than two dogs...well...why would you need so many dogs?


They are so much work, so expensive, and so hard to keep clean! Dog food, dog doo, vet visits, grooming, bathing, walking, training...

Gracie, pictured here with Auntie Danielle, has several health issues. Whenever she drinks water, she hacks and coughs and spits up. She has arthritis and her metabolism doesn't function properly. She is on diet dog food. She also has a chronic staph infection. (NOT contagious to people or other animals, thankfully.)

The white one, Lulu, growls and snaps at strangers. She also barks and howls. Our groomer wouldn't groom her because she was too aggressive!

Alfred, the one sleeping on his back, no he's not dead, loves to run out the gate, into the neighbor's houses, and upstairs. He thinks when we call his name and say, "Come," that we want him to run in the opposite direction so we can chase him.

Gracie doesn't get along with Lulu and Alfred. We thought the three of them could make it work. We gave them time to figure out the pecking order. We waited. After there was actual bloodshed, we decided to move Gracie into the house. Alfred and Lulu stay in the yard/garage.

So, why do we have three dogs? Because, in spite of their shortcomings, they are so sweet and loveable and dear to us. Like I said, we must be crazy.

6 comments:

Sarah Markley said...

I know someone with 4 dogs, 4 horses, 3 turtles, 10 chickens and one mean cat.

Lisa Leonard said...

i like gracie. i'll leave it at that :)

Ellen said...

Your dogs are psycho! I guess, in a way, they are a reflection of our own quirkyness. Overly aggressive, attention seeking, passive...

Robin said...

Wow... I thought Finney was being difficult because I decided to change his potty training to my version of a puppy porta-potty. Bloodshed. Scary. Today, Finney was so excited to see Jeff he bit him on the ear and made him bleed, but very little. So it's really okay. That's what I told Jeff.

Shannon said...

Gracie is one of Mandy's favorite dogs - ever! And I like Alfred (even if he does run) because he reminds me of my Toby (who also likes to visit the neighbors whenever the gate is left open!).

Heather said...

If you're crazy than I'm absolutely insane. We have five cats and two dogs. Oh and a 6 month old which I must say is more work than all the animals combined!!