Archive for June, 2014

Master of the house

Happiness is Grady on a roll, to music that is amazingly appropriate.


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Happy Gotcha Day

What is two years, besides 24 months, 730 days, and eight seasons? Well, in our case, it meant the following:

-Grady produced 4,821 gallons of pee. Never mind the alchemy of creating gold, I’d be rich if I could have converted all that to gas, given the price.

-He stole part of, if not the entire menu of at least 730 meals not meant for him. His diet consisted of cheese sandwiches, frozen pizza pockets, an entire loaf of Italian bread, all the dried bread to stuff a 16 lb. turkey, and half a large bowl of mashed potatoes, while wearing a Comfy Cone. You could also load at least two cargo ships full of the bananas he has eaten, skins and all. The grocery clerks are used to me buying twice what I really need, so I at least get some of them.

-The destruction of 127 squeaky toys, some in record time, like the mini football that lasted only two small town blocks from one parking lot to the next.

-Answering a thousand questions about why I would want a blind dog. Some of them were even intelligent.

-Convincing a thousand people that he really is blind.

-Trying not to vaporize people with “the look” after they suggested I either board him or give him away when I had knee replacement surgery.

-Watching Grady mistake cats for live squeaky toys, then watching them play. And play and play and play.

-Waiting in the drive-thru line at Tim Horton’s for two plain timbits, and trying to convince him there was only one in the bag. Then buying a whole box to freeze in the winter when we couldn’t get to town.

-Learning how to adjust my heart rate downwards when he leaps up to bark at nothing. At 2am. Granted, his hearing is more acute because he is blind, but he takes it as a personal affront every time a mosquito farts. Ten miles away.

-Learning that expression is not just in the eyes, but in the heart and soul. Even for a dog.

-Discovering that security for an abandoned, hungry dog can be something as simple as a cold nose in the face at 4am, so he can lie down again and know that you haven’t left.

-Endless laughter. Every day, no matter how bleak, how busy, or what stresses it brought, he has made me laugh. Whether it’s his goofy expressions, his apocalyptic attacks on squeaky toys, or the oh so smooth and subtle attempts to purloin my dinner, you can’t help but smile. And he knows it.

So Happy Gotcha Day, Grady. And thank you Sally Lennox of GRR-CNY and Betsy Sommers of Peppertree.org for taking a chance on Grady. And on me.

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