Monday, January 17, 2011
See how sweet and innocent that dog looks? And clean? Did you notice clean? We gave the dog a bath. This meant this was his first time upstairs. He was afraid of going upstairs, and then wouldn't get into the bath. He was so scared, he wouldn't eat the treats. He had to be carried into the bathtub. He handled the bath okay - he loves to be petted. Then he jumped out of the tub because we weren't quick enough with the towel. I used a medicated shampoo for dry skin, so he doesn't smell good, but he is sooo very soft. Very very soft and fluffy.
And now he thinks he can come upstairs whenever he wants. I have hardwood floors, even on the steps, and he doesn't have much traction, but he does okay. He is always startling me when I am upstairs because I am not expecting him.
And if that wasn't enough adventure, my daughter's friend came over. She has a dog, and Zeus just loved her. She lets him lick her face, something we don't do. He had a great time moving from between the three of us to get petted. Then we decided it was time to let him out. I've let him out once before without his leash, and he handled that just fine. I don't have a fence yet, but he is a well behaved dog and does come when called. We let him out again without the leash, and he bolted. I called for him, but it didn't work.
We had a panic, and I decided to take the car to follow our regular walking path. The girls decided to walk and look for him in the alley. I went back home, to see if the girls had found him. They hadn't.
We decided to try again, again with me driving, and them looking on foot. The girls went out. As I was about to go to my car, I heard a bark, and wasn't sure it was him, but I decided to call again. Yelling out loud in the neighborhood, bothering the neighbors and drawing attention to my predicament, isn't something I like to do, but desperate circumstances called for it. It turns out that my daughter had seen him, and was chasing him, and he ran straight to the yard, and when I called him, he went right in the house!
Yes, we learned our lesson. Always take him out on a leash. And get a fence ASAP!
In quilting news, I am piecing the backing for the Simply Squares quilt. Zeus did try to get on the fabric when I set it on the floor to see where and how much fabric I had to add, but I told him to get off, and he behaved and stayed off of the fabric.