The Girls have been showing me some better ways to handle Life’s Stressful Moments– plus I have been looking at a fun book–that’s always a stress-reducer for me! The book is titled “Spilling the Beans On the Cat’s Pajamas.” Don’t you just smile at that title? The book offers a cultural look at some of the clichés, slogans, and gathering of words used for many years–perhaps so much so that we are not even sure of the original meanings.
And let me tell you, the car crash left me with “Brain Fog.” This fog state is also experienced by pregnant women, and during Cancer treatment people refer to Chemo Fog. There are all sorts of fog states related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), too. I often mix my slogans up, but I will save some of those stories for sharing another time!
Well, the Girls are still dealing with the repair work going on next door— oh my!! It seems like anytime one removes stucco and tar paper here in California they find termite infestation and hidden rain damage. UGH! I really feel for the one man trying to work on this project– it may not be done for a long time yet!
Fortunately he has made progress with Mae-be and Ruffles! He no longer uses the block wall to brace his work materials, so now Mae-be only barks when he first arrives. I have had to talk–more than a few times–with this friendly and well-meaning man, explaining that my Girls do not need half of a donut or hash brown sticks from his breakfast (to be honest I am not sure he does either-but I will leave that alone). You know the saying, ‘When the cat’s away, the mice will play.’ Well,Meeeeooooww!
This week, to keep everyone happy, I thought I’d go back to the ‘all-day sucker’ type of dog chew– a really BIG rawhide chew in the shape of a Christmas Cane. Yup! After-Christmas clearance sales are my stock-up time. I also brought out a ‘meaty in the middle bone-style’ chew.
As I was approaching the overly excited Girls I felt pretty certain that Mae-be would go for the cane and Ruffles for the meaty. Was I wrong! This probably also explains why I haven’t won the Lotto either! Ruffles and Mae-be sniffed both and Ruffles grabbed her choice–you were paying attention right? Yup–she snatched the BIG rawhide cane and ran for the outdoor rug!
“Mine! ALL MINE!!” Please note how Ruffles is using her paws to hold the bone in a good position to chew on the end ! She’s very smart!
Mae-be looked so dainty, with the much smaller meaty bone. She even stood gently on her hind legs to take it politely from me.
Of course, they will exchange their treats many times over the next few days. That is unless one of them gets truly possessive and buries the rawhide or sits with it protectively under their chest. These items make great distractions for the Girls!
But the truth is that I am in need of some distractions from my own daily stressors. I use this blog as one of those places in my life where I too, can ‘gnaw’ things over- and thank you, good readers, as well as Debra, for what you contribute in support.
You know, “A good chew is like….” –Do you have something to fill-in or suggest? Instead of letting life chew away at my good spirit I want to take that bone, just like Ruffles, with gusto and great delight and just see how much damage I can do to it!!
Or, are you more like my 80-pound Boxer—surprisingly nibbling gently on the meaty center! HA! You do know Boxers have a jaw tensile strength of 40 pounds, right? Maybe when remembering how strong one really is there is also a choice. Wow! Canine Philosophy 101.
We all have “stuff,” don’t we? I do hope whatever has been gnawing away at you— you’ll find a way to get a good chew out of it. Maybe you can take a good look at it, and it won’t go to waste! Have a wonderful weekend–an we hope you enjoy St. Paddy’s Day!
Blessings, Beth & Girls