Monday, September 08, 2008

Baby Steps

On August 30th the Large S took his first steps! Since then he has been trying to take more and more steps. Saturday, September 6, he took 20 steps, the most to date. But every day since he's been working on getting his steps to be more stable and take him in the direction he wants to go. At first, most of the steps were sideways--he reminded me of a crab, but now he's getting pretty good at making all the steps go in a forward direction. He's very proud of himself and loves the applause he gets when he takes a few steps.

But I must say that while I am proud of him I am also a little sad--my baby is growing up! Soon he'll be a toddler...and able to toddle away from me and straight into all kinds of trobule.

Video taken September 9th

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Don’t Mess with My Hose!

There I am, last Tuesday, sitting in my living room around ten or eleven a.m., chatting with my mother, when I hear a sound. I recognize this sound.

It's the sound of the pipes, water running through the pipes. Specifically, the sound I hear when I leave the front hose on to water my gardenia plant.

"That's weird," I thought, "I don't recall going out there and turning it on...why is it on? Someone else must have turned it on...wait--does that mean there's a stranger messing with my hose? EEKKK!"

I jump out of my chair and run to the front window, and indeed my hose has been turned on. By a stranger. Actually, a pair of strangers and they are now using the water to give their two dogs (pitbulls) drinks and a rinse. Huh? Do pitbulls get overheated really easily or something? What the crap! To top it off, they aren't even trying to keep all the water running out of the hose on the lawn. Oh no, it's going all over the walkway--Hello! We are in a drought, people!

I was too shocked to do anything. I was just standing in my window staring at them, jaw dropped. My mother joined me at the window and also stood in silent shock. I think they eventually noticed us, and then they turned off the hose and left. But I was still in shock.

This using-other-people's-hoses thing--is it something dog people do regularly? Has it happened to you? What should I have done?

For the record, I don't think it's right to go messing with other people's hoses. You hear me, pitbull owners? Back off!