GoofGirl has clearly overcome her concerns about dogs. We recently spent a week in Albuquerque visiting my sister-in-law - the much loved Tia C. She has a dog, Mottsie and two cats. Despite taking the kids to see natural wonders and sites of great antiquity, the highlight for them was playing with the dog, petting the dog, and just generally being around the dog.
Since our trip, GoofGirl has done little but talk about her “cousin.”
The dog, by the way, has bonded with the children. During a phone call with Tia C, GoofGirl said hi to Mottsie. Dogs don’t really understand telephones (in fairness I don’t either, but I know what they do.) But when Mottsie heard the GoofGirl’s voice she did the only thing she could think of – she grabbed her toy and started looking for her playmate.
“A dog would be great for home security,” the kids point out.
At one point, MamaGoof and I had a night away (in Santa Fe) leaving the little Goofs with Tia C. Tia C ran some errands leaving the little Goofs on their own for a bit. At one point, when GoofBoy couldn’t find his sister, he assumed a monster had broken into the house and grabbed her. (Perhaps reading Lemony Snicket to them hasn’t been the best idea.) So he grabbed Mottsie and did a full room-to-room search confident now that he had a powerful ally at his back. (Turns out GoofGirl had gone to read in a corner.)
“A dog could really help clean up!” the kids insist.
One of the cats had a hairball. The little Goofs, not cat overly familiar with the ways of cats, were horrified but then fascinated when Mottsie dutifully trot over and lapped it up. If a dog would do that, what cleaning job would it possibly refuse. I don't want to know what scenarios the little Goofs were imagining.
Unfortunately, while I love dogs, this visit convinced me that we will not be getting one ever (not because of the throw-up thing.)
At every instant that the dog saw me it looked at me with its sweet giant eyes and said, without words, “Do you want to play?”
Then I’d play for a few minutes and go back to what I was doing (probably reading old National Security Council transcripts). But the dog just continued to look at me. No amount of playing was ever enough for her. I don’t need another mammal in my house begging for attention. I’ve already got the two little Goofs.