Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Queen of the Couch

Lucy has taken to sleeping on the couch.  We taught Jack and Indy early on that the furniture was off-limits to anyone but the bi-peds.  One winter, however, we made the mistake of thinking that they would look all cute snuggled on the couch.  Then we realized that dogs drool.  A lot.  This is something that had escaped our attention on their pillows or in their kennels.  Perhaps they simply never reached the level of relaxation on either of those that they did upon the treasured couch. 

Dog drool is gross.  This should go without saying, but if you have never had the pleasure of owning both a dog and a micro-suede sofa(what were we thinking?) I can fill you in that they don't mix.  The puddles of slobber were nearly indelible.  It took several go-rounds with the steam cleaner to erase the unsightly stains.  Likewise, it took several weeks of re-training the big dogs.

Now, Lucy has had the ladylike courtesy to breathe through her nose when she sleeps(ergo, no drool).  Though not 'fair' per-se, it seems reasonable that she secures this right.  This has been going on for several weeks now.  At first, Jack and Indy would pace back and forth in front of the couch, nudging us as if to say, "Look at her!  Tell her 'NO'.  You told us 'no'.  The rule is 'no'" 

Anyone else remember that line Bender said in The Breakfast Club, "Hey, how come Andrew gets to get up?  If Andrew gets up... we'll all get up... it'll be anarchy."  If dogs could take their cue from an 80's movie, this was the scene:  Last night, Lucy hops up on the couch.  Seconds later, Jack jumps himself right up next to her(blatantly avoiding eye contact with his shocked bi-pedal steam cleaners).  We attempt to nudge him back to his pillow; he simply slides down to the other end of the couch.  Our nudge turns to a successful shove, only to have Jack turn around and jump right back up.  Almost simultaneously, Indy jumps up and starts to settle in.  This all happened too fast for me to grab my camera.  I don't think I could have taken a steady photo anyway, I was laughing so hard. 

We ended the evening by calling all the dogs outside for a quick game of laser fetch in the dark. Then we called the big dogs in to their nighttime shared kennel.  Lucy retreated to the family room, and hopped up on her throne.


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