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Pawndered Thought: May 4, 2018

May the 4th be with you!

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He still needs to grow into his jedi robe a bit, but he’ll get there!

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Happy 6th Birthday Simon!

To the mutt that stole our hearts,

(And tore them all to pieces),

May you live on forever,

(If only so our patience never cease . . .-es).

Seriously, patience isn’t always a given virtue–it’s a hard-learned skill that can only be shaped by ear-shattering whines and never-ending sessions of fetch.

Happy Birthday little man! (Don’t ever change.)

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9th Day of Christmas 2017

On the 9th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me …

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eight (dog) paws a-wrapping,

seven enticing ornaments,

six Christmas blankets,

five tasty treats!,

four reindeer antlers,

three cats to feed,

two walking dogs,

and a Georgie in a pear(less) tree!

8th Day of Christmas 2017

On the 8th day of Christmas my true dog gave to me …

… eight (dog) paws a-wrapping

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More like eight lazy paws a-wrapping!

seven enticing ornaments,

six Christmas blankets,

five tasty treats!,

four reindeer antlers,

three cats to feed,

two walking dogs,

and a Georgie in a pear(less) tree!

Day 7 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil”

From the Sorting Hat’s Song, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, pg. 118.

So, which Hogwarts school house has Simon found himself sorted into?

Clearly, Simon is not a Gryffindor. This is a dog that limps when he steps on tiny pebbles and whines when he gets a bath with only lukewarm water.

He is definitely not a Ravenclaw. He just doesn’t seem to have the patience or attention span to devote to learning. During every training class we ever took him to, he would tire out within minutes of starting exercises and then just refuse to do anything. It always drove me insane!

Similarly, he is no Slytherin. That dog may try to act strong and tough, but again it only lasts for about five minutes until the real boss comes to assess the situation—of course, I’m talking about Rosee here.

So, that leaves only one wonderful possibility: Simon is a Hufflepuff.

Certainly, Simon exemplifies most of the well-known Hufflepuff character traits. He is loyal, always sticking to his people. He is just and fair-minded, always looking so incredibly sad if Rosee gets a treat and he hasn’t (though the delay in treat is simply due to the few seconds it takes to get another treat of the bag). He is also extremely friendly, never having met a face he did not want to lick.

Simon is a true Hufflepuff, and the color of his coat, a sort of yellowish-brown, has already got him close to wearing Hufflepuff’s signature colors proudly day-in and day-out!

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Seriously though, Simon loves everyone. He just wants to jump up and lick faces any chance he can get. Don’t get too low to the floor, because he’ll take advantage of your closeness and cover you with kisses!

Unlike his sister Rosee, Simon is very open and fair about his wants, likes, and play habits. If he wants his chew toy or bone, he simply sits in front of the container it is kept in and barks patiently for it. I’m pretty sure the boy doesn’t have a sneaky, clever bone in his body. And if he does . . . well, he’s not very good at keeping it concealed.

Simon also doesn’t mind a little hard work, always willing to take his humans out on increasingly longer walks—especially with the weather cooling down. Oh, how he loves his three mile walks every single day!

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He’s ready to keep walking!

His loyalty and love for his humans knows no bounds. No matter how taxing his day has been, he is always waiting on the couch by the door for his humans to get home from being out playing all day. (Seriously, he wants to know what they’ve been doing all day without him!)

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If only his humans could get home faster then he wouldn’t fall asleep waiting for them!

He is the perfect complement to his Slytherin sister Rosee, balancing out her slyness and determination with never-ending happiness and goodwill.

Now, if he could only get the Ravenclaws in the house to put down their books, and take him on even more walks . . .

Happy almost Halloween everyone!

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(I think he’s ready for this costume-thing to end.)

Day 6 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

“Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,

Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.” 

From the Sorting Hat’s Song, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, pg. 118.

Finding real friends, putting that cunning personality to work, and achieving their ends no matter what? You know, that sounds like a certain Pit Bull I live with . . .

After a recent trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, Theresa and I came to the unanimous decision that Rosee is a Slytherin. She’s a true friend to those she deems worthy enough, she takes what she wants no questions asked (or commands heeded sometimes), and she is quite clever when she’s not snoring away on the couch.

But that’s not all there is: girl looks good in green too!

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As a Slytherin Rosee is quite clearly an ambitious and strong leader, one that is always determined to get her way. She makes sure to always get her favorite spot on the couch, even going so far as to bark at us humans incessantly until we get up and move. If barking doesn’t work, or at the very least doesn’t work immediately, she has no shame in using those terribly endearing puppy eyes on the human sitting in her spot. Those eyes will make you give up almost anything to her!

This girl is also determined to always be in front of the pack. Whenever we are out on a walk she wants to be the one in front, faithfully leading Simon down the street and to the park. She makes sure to alert her humans to any problems coming up ahead and always keep her nose to the ground in search for interesting scents worthy of following up on. Rosee certainly makes it her mission in life to convince everyone that she is in fact the older sibling, and not the younger sister.

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She’s ready to go.

Aside from her more outward personality traits, she’s got this sneaky streak that usually means chewed up shoes for the rest of us. It doesn’t matter if you leave out slippers, sandals, flip-flops, sneakers, boots—you name it, she wants to chew it. And she’s so clever about it too! She bides her time, waiting until your back is turned and your shoes have been left unattended, even just for a moment, and then she attacks! She performs this slow methodical walk past you, acting completely normal until she can get her mouth on your shoe and then she’s gone. And if you don’t get the shoe back in the next few minutes, well then you can just kiss it goodbye because all she needs is three minutes to shake your poor shoe apart. Shoes are her favorite vice, with clean, freshly laundered socks being a close second. The girl obviously knows how to be clever and resourceful, lulling you and your shoes into a false sense of security.

Of course, Rosee’s love of shoes, socks, barking for her spot on the couch, and using her puppy eyes all lead to a Slytherin’s most useful character trait, “a certain disregard for the rules,” as one Albus Dumbledore described. That’s right, Rosee is not one for rules. She knows how to go and “park it” on her bed, and even to “stay,” but on the days where something more interesting is going on outside the window or her bone is laying just a tad out of reach, “park it” and “stay” become less commands and more like ignorable suggestions. I’m sure this attitude is more of her humans’ lack of following through on both commands when she was younger (and something we aptly work toward correcting now), but she’s also just a hard-headed little girl and when she’s in the house and doesn’t want to do something, she just doesn’t do it.

She’s just a girl ready to do things her own way.

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Rosee’s version of parking it.

What can I say, my little Slytherin is just too cute to confine to rules sometimes! (But don’t let that Pit Bull smile blind you; she is always a good and attentive girl when out in the world on her walks!)

I hope this update on Rosee’s Hogwarts school house provided you with a Halloween treat! Tune in next time to find out what house Simon has found himself sorted into. Any guesses?