When you break the world down into dog people and cat people, I guess I'm mostly a dog person, even though I've loved every cat I've ever owned.
Sometimes, though, my dog tests me, like in this entry from the vault...
When I was at CES [a few weeks ago] for InDigital, I got a phone call from Anne.
"I just had to tell you how totally awesome your dog is." She said, in a tone that indicated "my dog" (what Ferris is called whenever she does something particularly irritating) was anything but awesome.
"Oh?" I said, "please tell me what my awesome dog did."
"Well, I took some bacon out of the fridge for the kids, and put it on the counter. Then the timer on the dryer went off, so I walked into the laundry room --"
" -- you mean the garage?"
Ha. I am so funny.
" . . . yes. The garage."
Oops. Pressed my luck a little bit, there. Shutting up, now.
"Anyway, when I got back into the kitchen, the bacon was gone, but your dog was licking her chops, awfully close to an empty bacon package on the floor."
". . . bitch!" I said.
"Uh. Yeah. So you don't worry, I already called the vet, and it's nothing to worry about. " She went on to tell me about her conversation with the vet and why we shouldn't worry. We expressed our undying love for each other, and I hung up the phone.
"Hey Hahn," I said, "want to hear how awesome my dog is?"
Fast forward to yesterday morning. In my kitchen, on the counter, is a jalapeño pepper in a plastic bag from the grocery store. I love jalapeños, and I frequently slice and dice them into all sorts of things. Like ice cream.
Anne woke me up at 7, holding the jalapeño in front of my face.
"Want to know how awesome your dog is?" She said.
"This couldn't wait until I woke up?" I said.
Grrr. Wil grumpy. Wil stay up too late playing poker. Wil sleep now.
"Your awesome dog grabbed this off the counter, and chewed the hell out of it."
"She didn't eat it, though, I see," I said.
"No, and I don't think she'll be jumping up on the counter any time soon."
At that moment, Ferris walked into the room, with the very adorable were you talking about me? look on her face.
"You know what she's saying right now?" I said. "'Mom, dad, I don't want to alarm you . . . but there's something really wrong with the bacon.'"
Ferris had a small tumor cut off her hip about six weeks ago. It wasn't a big deal, but it had the potential to turn into a big deal, so we had it removed. The surgery went perfectly, the surgeon's margins were completely clean, and now she's on some medication for a couple of months to make sure that whatever caused the tumor to appear goes off to the Land of Wind and Ghosts, and stays there.
The thing is, the medication she's on makes her extra antsy, extra thirsty, and extra hungry. For the last six weeks, she's been getting into everything, taking things off the counters in ways that I've always thought required at least one opposable thumb, digging holes everywhere, bringing all kinds of random junk into the house from outside, and generally being a huge pain in the ass.
It's not her fault, and we know she isn't trying to be disobedient, but we've had to dog-proof the house the same way we once child-proofed it, and it's worked out pretty well.
Um, until about an hour ago, when I walked into my living room and saw this: