Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Dog Sleepover

We are taking care of my mother's dog today, and let me just tell you how the dynamics of the house change when Mollie is here. First off,Mollie is a golden retriever and one of the prettiest dogs I've ever seen. Here's a pic of Mollie and Belle for your viewing pleasure



That's the good news. The bad news is that she's still pretty much a puppy (only a year and a half old) and is extremely hyperactive, so she does not exactly bring out the best in our pets,Sonja, a shockingly mellow black lab



and Charlie, a mentally ill cat (she has anxiety, self-mutilates, makes herself throw up--the vet put her on medicine, but it caused her more anxiety to force the pill down on her throat, plus it made her foam at the mouth)



The dogs are very into the "dog domination" thing, even though they get along very well. It usually ends up with them literally running around in circles around the house and, if they can come upon Charlie and torment her a little (and I have to note that Sonja and Charlie get along perfectly, even sleeping in the same bed, when Mollie isn't here), that's all the better as far as they're concerned.

I enjoy having Mollie here. She keeps things interesting, entertains Sonja to no end, and she actually has a very special relationship with Belle. Plus, she thinks Pythagorus is her owner (when she was a brand new puppy, he'd go and take care of her because he has a fair amount of flexibility at work where my mother doesn't so much), so she's in seventh heaven.

Anyway, there are usually many adventures from times when we have "visitation" with Mollie. And best of all, no matter how annoying she can be, she has a basic sweetness that just makes you smile : )