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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Guest dog Chopper

Twice Husband's friend has asked if we could dogsit for him and his wife while they went away for a weekend. The first time, Husband called me and asked if it was okay. I was stern. I repeated The Rule ("Adogtion" 12/27/2009):  You will feed it, you will clean up after it, you will wait up until the appropriate late hour for Last Time Out." 
Chopper is a pit/lab mix. I worried just a little bit. Husband told me how nice the dog was, but . . . you know . . . we've all heard the stories about pits. 
And his name. Chopper. 
Oh. It's chopper as in motorcycle (note his Harley-Davidson collar), not as in chomper [of small animals, of other dogs].


On his first visit, he was intimidated by Angus poodle, 
a sociable little guy who followed him around saying, "Let's be Friends!
See the blur of Chopper's feet as he hurries away from the small black moplike creature?


During that first visit, Chopper often wore a slightly worried look.


On his second visit, he was a little more comfortable. 
Chopper is his daddy's dog, a Man's Dog, so he was perfectly happy to go wherever Husband went, do whatever Husband was doing. 
Even in the early morning when I was up and doing and Husband was, as yet, doing nothing.

Chopper is a medium-sized dog who believes that he is small. He likes to cuddle, especially after supper, and "potty." Then it's time to settle in for the evening on a lap.



Chopper is exceedingly well-trained, wants to do whatever a human tells him to do. 
"Just tell me what you want. Please! Let me do something to make you happy. Please!"
Very smart, this boy. 
And handsome. 
What a sweetheart.

Between us, mushy ol' Husband and sappy ol' I could ruin this dog's good behavior in a week. The Rule would go right out the window and I'd be vying with Husband for Chopper's love and companionship. It's probably good he only comes for visits.

I wonder when his parents are going away again...

41 comments:

Linda Myers said...

What a nice treat, that you don't need the Rule!

Barb said...

Somehow, I could tell the Rule was going out the window when I saw Chopper wiggling his way into your hearts. It seems as though even your dogs think he's a good guy! He's a perfect houseguest.

Tracy said...

hah, so much for rules, huh? sometimes rules are made to be broken...
June that was so sweet and he looks like a real sweetehart; how can you say no?

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

Thanks for this post. I think dogs are some of the nicest company. Enjoy Chopper and thanks for making me smile.

Bernie said...

Wish you lived near me. I need a dog sitter soon. Do you realize what wonderful people you are to take this dog in to your home and hearts for someone in need? Looks like a great dog.

Ours would be sweet for someone too. He is so gentle and well-trained and full of love. Are you sure you don't live near Green Bay?

ladyhawthorne said...

Love the photo with his butt on the arm of the chair, how funny!

Grandmother said...

What a handsome dog. It's the lab in him that just wants to please. Nice to have visits from such good companions.

June said...

Bernie, we'd dogsit for you in a heartbeat, but it probably isn't worth the sixteen-hour drive for you to get him here.

Grandmother, I'm not so sure. I have met pure pits, owned by nice dog-savvy people, with strong personalities, and I think pits are pretty people-pleasing too. Some of the problem with them arises because some of the owners they're pleasing are not . . . nice.

georgia little pea said...

Chopper looks an absolute sweetheart. Contrary to popular belief, pitties can and do make cuddly family dogs when treated correctly. Funny that he ran away from the moppet!

I love having big dogs sit and lie on me, that weight on the tummy feels so good somehow. Rather like a very large and heavy hot water bottle :)

Olga said...

That is one handsome dog. It is sad tht some entire breeds get bad reputations because of some bad owners.

Morning Bray Farm said...

My, my... he is handsome. Loved the photo of Angus "chasing" Chopper... I can just hear Angus now. :) Too funny.

And... please pass this along to Chopper... the pictures of him as a lap dog on the sofa/chair... his butt is higher than his head. We always call that as a foul in the Hairy Hacienda. :)

June said...

MBFarm, that end of Chopper is often "foul." He eats very fast. Maybe that's why.

Autumn Mist said...

He is adorable isn't he? I can see why you'd fall for him. Don't your own dogs get jealous? And has he met your cat?

Friko said...

He's a sweetheart because he's part lab. All labs, even the part ones, are sweethearts. Honest.

Lord Wellbourne said...

With eyes like that and a heart that big---there are no rules.

Beth Camp said...

A lovely post and a lovely house guest that shows how quickly we change our minds when we come to know the individual. No rules! Sweet puppy!

Pearl said...

Chopper looks to be a dog of great sincerity. :-)

Pearl

Carolynn said...

Oh my. He IS handsome. I'm always wary of pit bull breeds, but I also think the owners play the biggest role in how a dog's behaviour develops. That shot of Chopper snoozing on Husband's 'lap' is a riot.

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