June 24, 2009


When we dropped Charlie off at the boarder a week ago, the lady squealed and asked how old he is.  "Wait, you mean he's not a puppy?  You mean he's going to look like this forever?" she exclaimed.  Apparently everyone all week kept asking about the cute golden "puppy," which has prompted my husband to riff off of CVG and keep saying our dog is Permanent Puppy.

They told us another story when we picked Charlie up that keeps making me smile.  Charlie is deathly afraid of water.  He hates it and won't go near it.  The boarder put out plastic kiddie pools for the dogs to frolic in, and apparently Charlie desperately wanted to play with the other dogs but was immobilized by his fear of water.  She said he would just run in circles around the plastic pool while all the other dogs were in it in the water.  So they came up with a solution: they got another plastic pool and set it up beside the first...empty.  Apparently Charlie frolicked and played in an imaginary pool all week beside the other dogs.  Which really tickles me.

We're all back together again at home.  About two or three more weeks before the husband deploys...

Posted by: Sarah at 10:14 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 I love that story about the paddling pools!  How nice of them to accommodate Charlie's needs.    That's the sign of dog people if I ever heard it! 

I'm glad he had fun!

Oh.  Glad you had fun too.

Posted by: Guard Wife at June 24, 2009 01:17 PM (qk9Ip)

2 That is just too cute. I'm glad they used some real doggy lover skills on the problem.

Posted by: Ruth H at June 24, 2009 01:47 PM (4u82p)

3 Charlie the Permanent Puppy is Chuck Everlasting! As AWTM noticed, you perpetually look fifteen, so agelessness runs in the family. And Chuck E (not to be confused with Chuck Z or Chuck D of Public Enemy) even shares your aversion to water (#29 on this list). Species, schmecies, you're obviously related!

I wonder if any of the other dogs joined CE in the empty pool.

Having only met CE all grown up, it's hard for me to believe that he really was a puppy four years ago.

Posted by: Amritas at June 24, 2009 03:44 PM (2eQQr)

4 DH says sounds like a good boarder, if they placated a dogs fear of water...

Posted by: awtm at June 24, 2009 07:23 PM (NuDbL)

5 Lol.  I think Charlie and Daisy would get along really well.  Every time I go to the dog park I get asked how old she is; she's on the small side for a beagle, so everyone thinks she's still a puppy, even though she's 2 years old now.  And she is also afraid of water.  She hates the sprinkler, she runs if I turn on the hose.  She's gotten to the point where she'll stand still for a bath, but that's about it.  At least I don't have to worry about her getting muddy at the dog park.

Posted by: Leofwende at June 28, 2009 01:54 PM (28CBm)

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