Colonel Mustard or Miss Peacock….

Thankfully, there was no murder as there typically is in the case of ‘Clue’. However, there was a mysterious disappearance of our food. It was the sweets that we had baked the night before, and left on the dining room table.

The only time it was really mysterious was the first time.  My dad and I got up at at 6:30 to go to work, so nobody else was up at the time.  Both of us noticed as we passed through the kitchen that the pile of sugar cookies(like 100 cookies….it was a pretty big pile!) that had been made the night before had significantly decreased, in a rather strange way.  My mom deals with insomnia sometimes, so we thought she must have gotten up in the night, and decided to do something with them.  It seemed like a logical conclusion at the time.

When my mom woke up, she thought we had done something with them.  Hm….Well, there goes our theory.

After some examining, my mom found cookie crumbs on the floor pretty much everywhere (that doesn’t say a whole lot for my observance skills!).  Our English Mastiff, Buttercup, had consumed all those cookies!  Surprisingly, she didn’t seem to have even a bellyache, let alone other effects that I’d rather not go into…. She just laid there, innocently looking up at us from the doggie mat as if she hadn’t done anything.  She ONLY ate fifty 6-inch diameter cookies!!!

In her defense, they had been left on the corner of the dining room table.  And we had(notice- that is no longer a practice of ours) been leaving her out on her mat instead of putting her in the kennel, because she loves her mat.  Our Lab, on the other hand, loves her kennel.  To each their fuzzy own!

A couple weeks later, when we had forgotten to have Buttercup go to her kennel, my dad and I woke up to the few(and I mean few) remains of 7 double-chocolate banana muffins that had been in the *middle* of the dining room table.  The tablecloth was just slightly messed up from her exertions to get the muffins, if you can imagine.  Sigh….We were a little more concerned about her health because chocolate is really NOT good for dogs….and she got some of the muffin cups mixed up with the muffins and ate those too.  But this dog has an apparently strong stomach!

Now, we tease her about getting big hips(the mental picture is rather amusing, is it not?), and keep anything tasty off the dining room table!  Lessons learned….hopefully.

Just to bring my almost non-existent ‘Clue’ theme to an end….It was Buttercup, in the dining room, with….her mouth.

I hope you are having a lovely day, thanks for reading!

Day and Night- My Dogs

Their names aren’t Day and Night, their personalities are.  Who would’ve thought that two dogs so different could be reside in our house?  They’ve been raised the same way and experience my family’s lifestyle together every day, and yet they are two completely different animals, other than sharing the common traits of having fur and a canine mindset.

Thea is a dark chocolate Labrador and if I had to pick another animal that she acts like, it’d be a goat.  As a puppy, she ate everything, just like goats.  Dish rags, baby socks, any food that fell on the floor, a corn cob (that’s a very long story), and various things outside (I’ll leave it to your imagination, but we live on a small farm, just so you know) all disappeared without warning.  Thea still has an appetite for tissues and paper towels, but thankfully she has lost it for all the other gross, and sometimes dangerous, things she tried to eat.  Our Lab is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met, as I’ve heard most Labradors are.  She gets so excited to meet everyone, she can hardly contain herself.  She loves to meet new people, and her favorite things to do are probably eat, chase squirrels, bark at nothing out of the ordinary, and be petted.

Then there’s Buttercup.  Buttercup’s ‘alter-animal’ would be a chicken.  It’s embarrassing.  She is an English Mastiff, and weighs at least 125 lbs (I don’t think she’d mind me sharing her weight….).  But our dog, who is commonly referred to by new acquaintances as a horse because of her size, is cowardly!  She is scared to death to meet strangers!  A huge, intimidating dog!  She is the sweetest thing around us, but that’s about the extent of her affection. I’m not sure how big she thinks she is, but it can’t be very big at all- first of all because of her fear of people, and second of all, she still thinks she can sit in our lap(s).  When we got her as a little puppy, everyone held her.  So I guess growing up with that, she still thinks it should happen.  Visualize the 125 lb. dog coming and standing in front of you while you are sitting on the sofa, then flopping sideways to get her whole body on you, your neighbor sitting next to you, and their neighbor as well!  Other times she just sits down on the sofa next to us.  However I must say, during the winter it’s quite nice to have a heated lap-warmer! 🙂  The only drawback is that she leaves cat-like hair all over the place….and it’s blonde.  Buttercup’s favorite things to do are chase cars (there’s a faded part in the grass where she runs every time), lay around, and find different ways to invade your personal space.

So, there you go- two dogs as different as can be, even in color!  I love them both, and am so grateful that God gave them to our family.

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