Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crazy Charlie the Doodle Head

Charlie Boy

Apparently Charlie was what society chicks call a Golden doodle. My Lady loved his “soft white fur” apparently, and pet him way too much. I got kinda sick of watching it to be honest.

I called him Charlie the Doodle Head. He was big and fluffy with long hair that covered his eyes and just looked plain dippy.

Granted this boy was still a teenager, but good god almighty he wasn’t altogether there upstairs. No matter how many times my Lady told him NO and Get Down he just looked at her with his tongue hanging out. He did EXACTLY what he wanted at all times. He didn’t understand anything – nothing.

Charlie on my bed
Bedtime was the worst. More than ten times she tried to get him off the bed. “No Charlie, No Charlie, DOWN, SIT, STAY…”  He just completely ignored her and got right back up. He actually had the nerve to look at me and say “Um, I think your Lady isn’t very bright.”

“Dude.” I said with as much patience as I could. He was in my bed now, rolling around and getting his white hair all over my blanky. Yes, I have a blanky, deal with it. And no, I don't like other pups fur on my blanky. “Get off the bed. You sleep on the floor.”

“No,” he said shaking his head. “I don’t. I sleep on the bed.”

My Lady tried in earnest for the next fifteen minutes and finally just gave up. “Sorry, Hamish.”

“See?” He said, panting, his tongue hanging out. “I told you, I sleep on the bed.”

“Shut up, don’t touch me, and go to sleep.” I growled to let him know I meant business.

“Dude.” He said. “Chill.” Then he flexed his legs out like he was a ballerina or something. Damn designer dogs.

I stuck my head under the pillow and tried to forget he was there.

Charlie was the most paranoid pup I had ever met. I’m talking seriously psychotic. He was convinced there were bombs hiding in anything metal, or in the closet or in the front door, or in the washing machine. He was so scared something was going to get him my Lady had to hold his food bowl up for him to eat. He sucked it down so fast he choked most of the time. And the bowl had to be plastic. The metal ones freaked him out.

If someone opened a door, or hit something metal, or moved a shoe near him, he dove on the ground with his legs spread out like he was trying to run for cover.

My lady had to put a leash on him to get him to go anywhere in the house. Thank god she gave up on the idea of taking him for a walk. I think poor Charlie boy would have had a heart attack.

He had absolutely zero concept of personal space and thought nothing of climbing all over everyone or anything. And then he would stare off into space and growl at something only he could see. My Lady was convinced there were ghosts in the house until she realized it was the closet door he was growling at.

I tried to ask him about life in Crazyville, but he just looked at me like I was the one who was nuts. 

“What makes you so sure there aren’t any bombs in there?”

Um. Ok. “Well, son.” This was going to be fun. But he looked at me so terrified I just didn’t have the heart to scare him worse. Poor thing was certifiable as it was. “Charlie. There are no bombs in this house.”

“How do you know?”

“Because Charlie, I live here. Don’t you think I would know if there was a bomb planted in the water bowl? Or in the washing machine? Or if one of the doors that I walk through all the time was rigged?”

Roxy even tried to help. “Charlie. You can smell a bomb. You’re a dog, remember? Do you smell a bomb?”

We gave up. There was just no hope for poor Charlie. What possibly could have happened to that pup in only one year of life to make him so psycho paranoid?

Roxy shook her head. “He wouldn’t have lasted two minutes where I grew up.”  You could tell from the sadness in Roxy’s eyes that she had had a really tough life. I guess it explained why she was so attached to her Lady.

Roxy’s lady came that night, so she was so ecstatic at the site of her that neither one of them could stop crying. Hell, my Lady had tears in her eyes, too. Her lady finally took her to her car and left.

I went over and sat next to my lady, feeling she could use a little Hamish time.

“I’m so glad Roxy has a good life now.” She sniffled some more. “It just makes me wonder about you, my friend. She gave me a big sloppy kiss on the forehead and rubbed my ears, “I’m just so thankful you are with me now.”

Me too, I moaned and sighed happily, pushing my head into her arm, appreciating her kisses. Me too.

Super Sad Roxy Girl

All the laughter died when Roxy, the saddest pup in the world arrived. As soon as Roxy’s mom left it was like every sprocket in her brain exploded. My Lady was beside herself trying to calm her down. She kept looking at me for help.

“Hey, I can’t help the crazies. I’m a dog, not a shrink.”

I barked at Roxy to chill out, but that just made Roxy scream out some more. 
“She’s gone! Gone! Oh my god! Where did she go??? Where where where??? How could she leave me!!! Oh My God I’m Going to Die!! My Life is Over…”

And that went on for over an hour.

Little Penny sat trembling in the corner near me. “What’s wrong with her? Why is she so upset?”

I could only moan loudly. “She’s crazy in the head.”

Finally my smart Lady gave Roxy a little pink pill dipped in cream cheese. I could tell by the haggard look on my Lady’s face that now was not the time to think about scoring some cheese for myself. I’m not the crazy one here.

In time, Roxy calmed down a bit. Only after My Lady sang a bunch of songs though – really loud and seriously off key. When she started on the Opera I chimed in. Penny buried her head in the pillows. I think the pink pill finally started working, because it sure as heck couldn’t have been our god awful singing, but finally Roxy calmed down.

Roxy was totally fine the next day. Although she got a little distraught after Penny’s Mom came and took her home. I guess she thought her Mom was coming too. My Lady seemed strangely down after the little one left too, for some weird reason. She better not be getting attached to these pups!

I tried to cheer her up and sit on her lap but that just made her yell, “No Hamish! Not on my laptop!!”

Hey! Isn’t that why they call it a “lap top”? I may be big, but my backside fits the top of any lap. Believe me I’ve tried it – a lot – and it fits perfectly.

That night my Lady spent a lot of time in the kitchen, as she’s prone to do when she’s got something on her mind. I woke up from a nap sniffing the air smelling something mighty good going on. I padded quietly to the kitchen so as not to disturb crazy ‘Foxy Roxy’ as my Lady now called her.

I stuck my head and sniffed – woohoo! My Lovely Lady was making the best thing in the world! Yummy, yummy dog biscuits! Woo Hoo! I started drooling just standing there watching her pull a tray right of the oven, right in front of my nose…

“Hamish NO!” she yelled too late.

I slurped one up HOT HOT HOT and dropped it. HOT!

Damn if that dirty Roxy chick didn’t slurp it up and run off with my biscuit!

My Lady ran after the little thief, picked up the treat and started blowing on it. Then gave it to her. Gave it to HER. Just like that. My Lady gave my biscuit to that crazy bee atch.

I was so not happy.

Jumping on my bed, I put my back to the door. Who cares about any dumb biscuits anyway. Sniff. Moan. Sigh. Life sucks.

“Come here, Handsome.” My Lady came over and hand fed me a beauty of a biscuit, much bigger than the other one was. I savored every bite. She rubbed behind my ears and told me she loved me.

Life was good.

Then Charlie arrived.

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