|"Why won't you play with me??"|
Yep, Rita is play-bowing to a down-spout. She's so desperate for a little playmate out in our (still crazy-disheveled) backyard that she is trying to entice a tube of tin into a game of chase.
Poor crazy kid.
(As a quick aside, the madness in that photo of our yard is the prep for pouring the concrete patio. At the moment they are using one of those tamper-downer-thingies -- sorry to get all technical on you there -- and it sounds like a helicopter is trying to land in our yard.)
Anyway, I think Rita would love a sibling, but I worry... We don't want to upset the apple cart. Our apple cart is a bit wobbly as it is, so it could be easily upset. For instance, Rita can be a pain to walk on leash. Off-leash, she's great - loves to meet other dogs. On-leash, not so much. We've been working hard on that and she's come a long way (in fact, the other day a random woman in the neighborhood walking her own calm, perfectly-behaved dog shouted across the street to us how impressed she was with Rita's progress). I don't want that to be set-back by adding in another crazy walker.
Like this guy:
|Soldier. Isn't he wonderful???|
This big gorgeous boy, named Soldier, is at HWAC right now. He has the most beautiful coat and is super soft, but look at that crazed look in his eyes! That look does not lie. He's super tall and jumped all over me when I went in to say hi to him. Much as I'd love to bring him home, I don't think we (I) can handle his energy on top of Rita's leash/protectiveness issues.
The only way I can see bringing another dog home is if that dog is super mellow. Like, as mellow as a tube of tin...
In some other quick news re: the book, earlier this week I wrote a guest blog post on the Chapter 1 - Take 1 blog about my "dream cast" for What the Dog Ate. You can also check out Sim's wonderful review for the book on the previous day's post. Thanks again to Sim for letting me fantasize about the movie version of my book!
In one of my crazier moments, I even tweeted Debra Messing this morning and sent her the link to my dream cast post. I'm sure she's going to get right on reading my book, and then she'll get her agent to call all her important movie producer friends. (It really is a perfect role for her...)
This week I also got a lovely review on the wonderful I Still Want More Puppies blog. This is a really fun blog and you are almost always guaranteed to find something to make you laugh or go "Awwww!" You also have to, at a minimum, check out the lovely Bella whose adorable face graces the blog masthead.
If you have any advice on adding a doggy sibling, I'd love to hear it in the comments. (A guy at the beach the other day said "Don't do it!" as he walked with his two crazed pups. I think we'll probably take his advice, but we'll see...)