February 17, 2009
The Dog Ate My ….
…. pajamas. No, seriously. I just came back from four days in Corpus Christi — I went down with Marie to visit her mom, and four days of warmer temps was a welcome break from Indy. Granted, it was pretty overcast most days, but it was still nice to nap out in the back yard, rather than bundled up in fleece and buried under an electric blanket (which is what I am doing now!)
So, Marleen has two dogs, Blaze and Molly. They’ve had Blaze since she was a puppy, almost 10 years now. She’s very well-behaved, mellow and loving. My only beef with her is that Marleen sometimes get me confused with the dog — she calls her Beth and me Blaze. Sadly, we both answer to the other’s name.
Molly is a new addition to the family, dumped in the neighborhood a little more than a year ago. I’m not sure how old she is or even what she is, except rambunctious! When I was there last January, Molly had only been there a month, and I left my library book unattended in the backyard. Molly chewed up the first 100 pages or so. (Quite graciously, she only ate the pages I had already read.) I took the book back to the library, for pure shock value. The lady behind the desk took one look at it and said, “Oh, you’re going to have to pay for that.” Well, duh. Marleen also got a new cell phone about that time.
Marleen has trained Molly a bit better now, and walks her several times a day so Molly can burn off all that excess energy. There are also about a thousand rawhide bones and other chew toys around the house. Regardless, during this last visit, I was pretty careful to keep my needlework and laptop out of the way. But, we came home from Sunday brunch to discover that Molly had chewed up an entire box of Kleenex. We quickly checked the more valuable items in the house (such as aforementioned laptop and needlework) and were relieved that no greater damage had been done.
That was, at least, our belief until bedtime. When I picked up my pajama bottoms from my suitcase, they looked more like chaps than actual pajama bottoms.