Doggie Domain #4: Much Ado About Nothing?

                        Doggie Domain #4: Much Ado About Nothing?
Probably no one in the history of the world has made so much out of a 6 1/2 by 7 foot room, but for some reason, I am fascinated by this change in my world.  From every door I look out of in the back of my house, from my terrace, my entrance hall, my pool, my bedroom––the view is altered.  Tonight when I got home late from my three hour “Thriller” practice, a new art center opening and dinner out with friends, I opened the door to see what progress had been made.  Before I’d left, I’d taken this picture, which I love:
But now, tonight in the dark, I opened the door onto what had begun to really look like a room and I felt my entire life shift a bit.
All three dogs came running up to stick their heads in the door and for the first time, Diego and Morrie came rushing into the house through the new room.
IMG_6743Frida, however, merely stuck her head in the door, looked around,
Version 2and departed.  Whistles, offered treats, calling her name–nothing worked.  She absolutely refused to enter through this new route!
IMG_6747So while Diego and Morrie settled into their cages,
Frida’s bed remained empty until I opened the bedroom door for her.  Just 5 feet distant from the “new” portal to the house, nonetheless, it was familiar––an accepted and recognizable part of her life.  She entered.  All was right with the world.

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6 thoughts on “Doggie Domain #4: Much Ado About Nothing?

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    I do hope your canine appreciate your efforts on their behalf. It isn’t such a small thing. I think it’s a very big deal and you are an amazing doggie mom to go through major renovations for the comfort of the generally ungrateful canine crew 🙂


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Dogs are made to adore and expect, not appreciate!!! But you know this. When Bonnie visits, there will be room in the guest quarters of the Doggie domain. I am not such a good mistress in other ways. I never walk them, for to do so courts disaster!!! I forget when their shots are due and sometimes don’t pat as much as they would like, but they get fed twice a day (Now 4 animals on 4 completely different diets. Gets confusing!) We are now up to two garbage cans full of different bags to replenish the 4 smaller containers that hold their comestibles. Add to that 3 different kinds of canned foods, and it has become almost impossible for anyone but Yolanda or me to feed them. Need to get my feeding Bible up to date. (The fourth is a kitty, Annie.)I think they are all happy, though. Diego and Morrie are incredible to watch. I think Diego is teaching him to fight. You’d think they were killing each other and Morrie’s ferocious growls and barks sometimes drive me crazy as they love to be in the thick of human activity, rolling around, fein-biting and growling. They take turns being the sub and the dom. I think my dogs have been reading 50 Shades of something or other!


      1. lifelessons Post author

        Oops. I said that wrong. I mean dogs adore us and expect things from us but probably don’t appreciate us that much. I think it is one doggie treat and then on to the next. Out of jaws, out of mind!!!


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