Our family lost a fur baby last night.
Socks was an annoying little kid, who wormed his way into your heart, both evidenced by the fact that everyone in his neighborhood knew him and will likely be saddened by his death.
He was one of my sister’s family’s dogs, Lexi’s cousin, and one of my Mom’s favourites in our family (like Lexi).
The saddest days are when puppies die. Even if they’ve been good and faithful friends with long lives. Maybe especially then.
I just seriously had a straight up conversation with her when she got worried that her “chewie” (her rawhide chew treat) was missing from where she thought she had it last.
I told her, “you left it on the bed (upstairs)…”
We went through this a few times with her looking at me and vocalizing, “no I didn’t, Mom.” Or “I thought I brought it downstairs again.”
A few minutes later after repeatedly telling her she left it on the bed, she finally went upstairs and came right back down with it.
We understand each other. And she is scary smart when it comes to language.
Lexi does not view the Christmas tree as “indoor plumbing”, but she does have her views on what the tree is and what it’s there for…
When I put it up two years ago, I was quite surprised to find that the lowest branches reach her back, but just barely, so she can stand just under it. Now, what Lexi discovered is that if she stands just under it, and waves her tail (her bum) that itchy spot that she can’t reach on her own and loves when her humans discover it? Yeah… that tree can reach just right there and it’s awesome. Lexi loves the “butt scratching tree” and hates when it goes away in January.
She’s absolutely adorable when she does this, and I’m trying to find a way to sneak a video of it onto Instagram, because she doesn’t like photos (just like her Mom) and she pauses when she’s doing it because she thinks she’s doing something wrong and when she sees me paying attention, she’s all, “OH HAI Mom, I love you! Pet me! Let me sit next to you, right next to you, up against your hip, so we can be joined there. I was just using the tree because you were busy, but you’re not now, so you can just do it, because I don’t want want to make you jealous.”