Forewarned, forearmed, FOUR feet.

I overlooked something in my earlier post about what could/might/will happen while Husband is in Asia for two weeks. All in all, the humans among us have fared pretty well (Dad’s home on Wednesday, kids) but the canine lot has been a little more troubled:

A Doodle who Shall Not Be Named (but who is the largest, youngest, and least disciplined of the pack) ate half a batch of freshly-baked brownies of the counter the other night.. I’ve convinced myself that he will not die a Brownie Death because (happily) they were baked from a Duncan Hines mix….which we all know contains not an ounce of real chocolate or cocoa, but many ounces of artificial deliciousness. The Doodle Lives.

The Wicked Excavator has roared back to life in the past week, regrading the construction areas. This has meant that a number (3) of dogs spent several hours in the back seat of the car (doors open) in the futile hope that their Person would drive them away to safety (or freedom. Hard to know which they were going for).

The Kindest, Gentlest and Best Doodle among the pack has developed a nasty case of Kennel Cough, or as you scientist geeks might like to know, Bordetella bronchiseptica . He was groomed this past week — which is where I’m sure he got it — and so although he looks really good, he’s not feeling so hot. (And bring on the maternal guilt — a quick spin through the “Dog” file seems to reveal that none of this pack were vaccinated this summer as they should have been. Oops. Sorry, Doodle friend.) He’ll be fine, but boy, he sounds frightful.

So we’re in the Home Stretch here for Husband’s/Dad’s return. I’ve just cut all fingernails (normally Dad’s domain, but it would be bad for him to return and find the children with claws where their hands should be) but I do draw the line at pedicures, so they may yet be looking like ghoulish creatures from the wood before that flight lands from Singapore.

There are a few words in this post that were suggested by the Dons….check it out:

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17 Responses to “Forewarned, forearmed, FOUR feet.”

  1. Dad Says:

    Home for dinner Wed night – pedicures to follow!

  2. liz Says:

    I love that the good doodle has clean paws, and the bad doodle is covered in dirt about 8 inches up his legs.
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    Alyson says:

    Would’ve worked better if I could’ve said that the brown stuff was brownie mix….damn Doodle. Can’t even help with illustrative content for the blog….

  3. Sonora Says:

    Nice use of the word ghoulish. It is just a fun word. :) I’m so glad the Doodle is ok after his almost encounter with chocolate, although I might have mourned the loss of the brownies a bit once I knew he was fine. Cute, cute dogs.

    Alyson says:

    This must be the word used to describe their feet….although I’m afraid to look (hurry home, Dad!). And yep, not even a belly ache for this dog, lovingly called Dietarily Indiscriminant.

  4. The Flying Chalupa Says:

    Listen, Alyson, long toenails are a sign of great beauty in Singapore. So your husband, who’s practically a citizen there now, should be greatly enamored of his progeny.

    As for the Doodles? They’re kind of freakin’ adorable. Kennel cough and all.

    Alyson says:

    He’s back safe and sound, but I mentioned your comment to him before he left and he asked around about it. One ex-pat British coworker said, “Yeah, they’ve got long toenails here. I just thought it was weird, but I guess it does mean something.”

    Not that I doubted you, you understand. I just can’t believe that it’s a beautiful thing in a civilized society….

  5. Jersey Diva Mom Says:

    I have a doodle who ADORES all things sweet when on the counter. Actually, she adores al things on the counter, come to think of it. They have the longer legs of the poodle which give them some needed-counter-surfing height. Ahhhh the number of snacks, meals, and treats she has scammed in 5 years of life… crazazy!

    Alyson says:

    In addition to counter snacks, he’s begun to eat the deck outside. It’s delicious cedar or something. I’ve been coating it in Chalupa Hot Sauce, but the rain washes it away (and I suspect he enjoys the heat). His days are numbered if Husband really gets a good look at the damage….

  6. Megan (Best of Fates) Says:

    Your doodles are so. freaking. adorable. I can barely focus on what you’re writing! And yay for dad coming home!
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  7. Megan (Best of Fates) Says:

    Oh my FREAKING goodness – okay, this is the second time this has happened to me in two days and it’s starting to drive me crazy. I’m NOT trying to steal your blog, I’m trying to open links from your blogroll in a separate window. PLEASE stop having your computer accuse me of stealing, it seriously freaks me out.

    (Sorry for the caps, I’m not yelling at you, it just really does freak me out.)
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    Alyson says:

    I had replied directly to Megan about this via email, but I had downloaded a plug-in that made it “illegal” to right-click on (what I thought was only) photos. But apparently it went to far. Sorry for those who got blocked. And I’ve deactivated the plug-in. Right click on, people.

  8. Megan (Best of Fates) Says:

    Sorry – my last comment wasn’t clear. It hasn’t happened twice on your site, it just also happened to me yesterday and that person’s “you’re stealing” box was far more intense, so it just set me up to be all anxious about it. There’s just something about being accused by a pop up screen that makes me feel all squiggly inside. Thank you so much for taking it down – I feel bad if now you feel all unprotected from thieves. I just don’t want everyone to think I’m one!
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  9. KLZ Says:

    I really wanted to find the WOW words but I was too distracted by cute dogs and Singapore.
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    Alyson says:

    I’m distracted by dogs all the time. And am contemplating shipping the to Singapore. But they’re so ill-mannered (well, one of them is), that they’d be denied entry. And then that’d be another headache I’d have to manage.

  10. Melissa (Confessions of a Dr.Mom) Says:

    Awww…poor Doodle, guess they are even prone to getting sick at a “well” visit. Hope he gets better soon :)

    And Congrats on hubby coming home…yay!
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    Alyson says:

    I always maintained that I am in charge of pediatric patients here and that the canine patients need to see Husband…..and then I find myself at the vet. Or jamming a pill down a throat that doesn’t want it. (Wait, that applies to both populations….)

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