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Little White Balls

My name is Sadie

My name is Sadie

This one of my favorite stories to tell, but I first must set this up for you.  My stepson’s wife was getting ready to have their third child.  We decided to travel the 6 hours to be with them for the special event.  One problem, the dogs!  Do you know how much it is to board 5 dogs for 10 days?  Outta the question.  So we packed up the vehicle with Punky, Boomer, Asia, Sadie, and Bailey.  The trip there went fine.  But we had a problem.  We traveled to Jacksonville, NC and hurricane Irene was headed up the coast.  So we decided it was best if we took the other 2 grandchildren, 4-year-old Phoenix and 1-year-old Alexander, and 4 dogs.  We tragically lost Punky after arriving in Jacksonville, some other time for that incident.  So, 4 dogs in the back of our explorer and 2 kids in the back seat, suite cases and dog cages atop the SUV, and off to Charlotte we went.  Of course we selected a pet friendly hotel to stay at, thank goodness!  So we get to Charlotte and everything is fine. we get settled in, had a good evening and went to bed.  Next morning we wake up and I knew I had to get the dogs outside.  Now, we were at the end of the long hallway, good little walk to get to the exit doors.  I decided to take the little dogs out first and save Sadie for last since she was the biggest.  Of course, Phoenix had to go with Pee Paw and help as he so desires to do.  When Phoenix gets excited he doesn’t just talk, he talks fast and LOUD.  Ok, last dog, so we started up the hallway.  Things are going fine, but Sadie had this funny look on her face.  I reassure her that we will be outside in just a moment.  Remember, from the introductions posting,  that Sadie is a fraidy-cat so she was a little skittish hearing sounds coming from the rooms.  We were almost to the exit when it happened.  All the sudden a large cloud of little while balls erupted from Sadie’s butt.  PUFF – they went EVERYWHERE!  It was like an explosion.  My mouth dropped open and Phoenix got this excited funny look on his face.  As I was trying to absorb what had just happened it occurred again.  Another large puff of little white ball shot out into the air.  I thought OMG what is happening.  I mean HUNDREDS of these little white balls were everywhere in the hallway.  Phoenix began, “Pee Paw LOOK.  LOOK PEE PAW”, he began hollering.  I tried to hush Phoenix and get Sadie to the door.  But by this time she had to go poop.  I’m trying to get her toward the door, Phoenix is in amazement, I’m embarrassed, and Sadie is pooping while we run to the door.  I took a quick peek around, thank goodness nobody else was in the hall way.  So we get Sadie taken care of outside.  She seemed to feel better.  So back inside we go.  And there it was staring at me.  Hundreds, literally hundreds of little white balls everywhere.  Phoenix pointing and giggling, so excited to tell Mee Maw what had happened.  I get the poop picked up but what do I do about these balls.  I decide to get Sadie back to the room.  We opened to room door and Phoenix burst into the room yelling, “Mee Maw, Mee Maw, come quick.  Mee Maw come quick you got to see what Sadie did.”  I tried to calm him down and went on to explain to Cindy my wife what had just occurred.  We were both embarrassed and weren’t sure what to do.  But we had to go get breakfast for the kids.  As we were leaving Phoenix just had to show Mee Maw where this happened and what happened.  We were able to get Phoenix quiet as we walked past the poor maid that had a vacuum out cleaning up the hundreds of little white balls.  We went on to breakfast and had a good remainder of the day.  But as we came and went we were wondering if anyone knew if was us that mystically produced those little white balls.  We finally made it back to Jacksonville and were unpacking and I noticed little white balls on the floor under the bed we were using.  Upon further investigation I found a dead Beanie Baby stuffed animal.  Then it all made sense to me.  Sadie had eaten a beanie baby and must have done it the morning we were packing to head to Charlotte.  I called Cindy in to see and we just looked at each other and nodded.  Then came the familiar call out…. SADIE, what did you do?????  Head hung and big black eyes looking up as if to say, “I’m sorry, really, I didn’t mean it.”  Dogs were scarce at the dinner table that evening.

Meet the Dogs

Before I post any further stories I believe introductions are in order.  First there was Smokey and Australian Shepard and Lab mix.  She was a very mild-tempered, loveable dog.  Smokey loved to be brought up to the house from her pen for special attention.  Then came Punky a Yorkie.  He LOVED his mommy, Cindy my wife.  He stuck to her like glue.  Then came Boomer, another Yorkie, a little bigger than Punky.  We always used to say that he heard voices and was a few bricks shy of a full load.  Full of unique personality however.  Then came Payton.  He was a Lab and Siberian Husky mix.  He loved to play but had a power struggle with Boomer, both trying to be dominate.  We did loose Smokey before getting Payton.  We didn’t have Payton too long, we lost him to chronic seizures at about 1 1/2 years old.  About this time my step-daughter got Asia, a long-haired Chihuahua.  She is known as the “woowoo dog”… stories to follow.  So we were back up to 3 dogs.  Then came Sadie, and she is a Lab and American Bulldog mix.  She has really turned out to be a fraidy-cat but very loving.  So now we are up to 4 dogs.  Well then came Bailey.  Bailey was dropped off in our neighborhood by some JERK.  His loss our gain.  Now the count is up to 5. Bailey is a Beagle mix, quite a change for us, and she did give us a nice surprise – 4 pups.  Can you believe – 9 dogs?? But not for long – all the pups found good homes.  Then we tragically lost Punky, down to 4.  Then along came Chief.   Chief is an Australian Shepard and Lab mix, however on the medium side.  Back up to 5 dogs.  We had to have Boomer put down this spring so that put us back to 4.  And when my step-daughter graduated from college she took Asia back to live with her.  So today we have 3 dogs currently with us, Sadie, Bailey, and Chief.  Each dog has their own personality and brings us their individual special love.  I will begin sharing stories and memories of each of our dogs, past and present.  I believe you will fall in love with them as you learn of them.  We don’t have your normal run of the mill dogs, wow would that be easy if we did.  I believe they feed off of each other so there is never a dull moment around our house.  During the time frame we had 5 dogs I called them the “Bumpus Dogs” taken from the pack of dogs which stole the Christmas turkey in the movie “A Christmas Story”.  I sit here and smile as memories flood my mind.  Well, I believe that is enough for today.  I hope you will return and enjoy my stories.  I’m sure you will laugh with me, cry with me, be reminded about unconditional love, and then you will go give your dog a hug.  Or you’ll remember one of the dogs you had during your life and smile as you go back in time and revisit those precious memories.  HEY, must be dinner time, the dogs are at the table!

Where is my bed today

Is this bed ok?

Is this bed ok?

Boomer was a unique dog believing he was human and deserved human things like a stroller ride.  We had purchased a stroller for a grandchild and left it in the front room.  Within a day or two upon entering the room what else did I see but Boomer laying in the stroller like a child.  Yes Boomer found a new bed to lay in.  Finding places to lay was one of Boomers specialties.  Let me see if I can recall all the places Boomer found to lay.  He loved the laundry basket in the laundry room.  The more clothing in the basket the better.  Sometimes he would burrow down in the clothes and all you would see was his head sticking up from the clothing.  He loved going in there if it was time for us to leave and he knew it was time to go into the cage.  “Where is Boomer, I cannot find him”, my wife would say.  And my response would be, “Try looking in the laundry basket Dear.”  Sure enough, there was Boomer.  One time Cindy, my wife, captured some photos for me to view when I arrived home from work. “Come here and see where YOUR dog was today”, she said.  As she handed me the camera she had a grin on her face.  I powered up the camera and began viewing the unique personality of Boomer.  He was laying inside the dryer.  Of course the door was open.  He was content and happy enjoying the warm towels that were laying within the dryer.  I just shook my head.  “Yep, that is boomer” was my response.  One time after opening the bottom drawer on the cabinet in the bathroom and turning around for 5 seconds Boomer hopped into the drawer and was sitting there looking stupid.  Oh yeah, there was the time we had a rather large box of items in the kitchen.  I don’t remember what exactly was in the box, but we heard this sound and looked and Boomer had jumped up over the top of the box and into it.  There he sat with those big eyes looking up at us as if to say, “Well you put this here for me to get into didn’t you?”  Oh yeah, we have 2 large shelving units in our dining room.  One day we were looking in all the usual hiding places for Boomer but could not find him.  After searching the house over several times I finally found him.  He was laying on the second shelf up in that shelving unit.  The look on his face was as if he was saying, “So I got you this time didn’t I.”  Silly dog.  Well, we miss Boomer.  We had to have him put down this spring due to spreading tumors in his body.  Each and every time I go into the laundry room I can still see his face looking up at me from those loved laundry basket.

Hello world!

As life has passed many precious memories are stored in my heart from our pet dogs.  Seems we always had dogs at the dinner table when we were eating, hence the name of my blog, “Dogs for Dinner”.  Some might think reading the title that we are eating dog for dinner, but that is hardly the case.  Dogs fill our lives with joy, teach us the meaning of unconditional love, establish strong loyal bonds, and on and on.  So in my blog I with to share my experiences and memories of our dogs.  Lets see, there was Smokey, Punky, Boomer, Payton, Asia, Sadie, Bailey, and the most recent addition, Chief.  Each with a unique personality and take on life.  I hope you will enjoy these stories and memories and I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to them based on the pets you have had in your life.  So enjoy and cherish the moments we share with our pets as we have Dogs for Dinner.

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