Friday, June 01, 2007

She Thinks She's People

I have never been a huge dog fan. This is just a simple fact of my existence.

It's kind of random, that despite this fact, I still yearned to be a veterinarian over the span of a few years during elementary school. I'm not exactly sure why I thought I would be content making a career out of caring for animals that I normally find obnoxious, but whatever. I probably just wanted to fit in with my circle of friends, and two of my best buds wanted to grow up and make puppies feel better. Anyway, before you start thinking this whole veterinarian childhood fantasy has nothing to do with the dog thing, let me explain. During this short-lived stage, I sort of had a dog for awhile. We had her for a few weeks. Her name was Maggie and my dad got her from a nursing home. They had to get rid of her because she was sniffing old ladies' rear ends. She came to stay with us, and after a few days I'd decided she smelled bad, the hair she shed on everything was unsightly, and I didn't like her jumping on me. Therefore, I avoided going outside so I wouldn't have to be near her. Once Maggie had destroyed several pairs of my mother's shoes, and also managed to chew a hole in the side of our family's tent, Maggie went to the pound. We saw her picture in the paper a couple of times after that. I don't know if she ended up with a nice family...or somewhere else.

Anyway, getting back to the point. I'm just not much of a dog fan.

There is one dog, however, who seems to have won my heart. My husband's family had a dog named Bailey. She is a golden retriever. She thinks she's people.

This is my favorite thing about Bailey--I find it absolutely hilarious. If Bailey has to go to the bathroom, you can't just go to the door and let her outside. You have to walk out on to the front porch, and she won't actually go out into the yard unless you've walked out far enough. She won't, I mean, I don't think she physically can, use the potty until you are standing on the porch watching her. It's hysterical.

This is my second favorite thing about Bailey. She is only "allowed" to be in the kitchen, and one tiny corner of the den. She follows this rule quite precisely. BUT, as soon as she thinks no one is home, that rule seems to no longer apply. She wanders all over the house! It's so funny! As soon as you get home, you catch a glimpse of her darting out of a bedroom, down the hall, and back to her designated area.

In conclusion, I am not much of a dog person, but I am a Bailey person. If we can find a Bailey replica, Chad just might be able to talk me into getting a dog someday. If not, my children will have to wonder what it's like to have a family pet...or maybe we will get a fish.

5 comments:

  1. Beta fish are quite nice. Mr. Rochester doesn't shed, bark, chew, or scratch AND he knows one trick. He follows fingers because he thinks they are pointing toward food. He isn't really cuddly, but you can buy your kids stuffed animals for that.

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  2. All good points, Scully! And, I've heard that it actually relieves stress to watch a fish swimming around. Somehow, I don't think buying a puppy would equal the same stress relief =-)

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  3. Jared6:46 PM

    katie you are funny. IM a dog person if there nice and obiously bailey is very nice... I miss you guys back in Utah... DDR isnt fun without Chad and you but im getting better etc. haha later katie!

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  4. Bailey sounds like a treat--though I don't know how long I'd stay excited about the "watching" requirements. Have to say, I'm a cat person all the way. And it mainly comes down to slobber, size, and taking care of poo.

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  5. Aunt Pam4:52 PM

    Katie darling.....you forgot the part about Bailey begging for food at the dinner table!!! I miss NC and all of you there. Just found your blog and your writings are a riot. Miss you and would love to go shopping for what else....shoes!!!! Aunt Pam

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