"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Toby? Trained? Hahaha....

I think Toby has (undeservingly) earned himself a bit of a bad reputation.

While talking to my landlord this morning, she excitedly told me that she had run across some dog training videos that she had forgotten about. She said she immediately thought of me and would bring them by this house this afternoon. Really? I mean Toby’s not that bad, right? If you were to randomly come across some form of doggie behavior-modification video, would you immediately think of me? Sheesh. I guess I need to get a handle on the situation.

Oh, yeah. I didn’t tell you why I was talking to my landlord in the first place. (She didn’t actually call me about the videos – that was just a happy coincidence.) I locked myself out of my house this morning. I know. Smart, huh? See, I had my hands full with food that I was bringing to work and stupidly thought my keys were in the mess of other stuff I grabbed off the kitchen counter. Apparently not.

I was a little scatter-brained (more than usual) because I got out of the shower to find my living room covered in little bits of paper towel. Hundreds of tiny white scraps covering the couch and floor. I was dumb enough to leave an entire roll sitting on the coffee table last night. Incidentally, I took them into the living room after Toby ate a bug that he later regurgitated on the rug. So I guess all of this comes back to him. Maybe that reputation is well deserved, after all.

But you know, despite the mess, the dog hair, the damaged shoes, missing books and destroyed cell phones - despite the hassles and headaches, the incessant barking and constant neediness – I don’t know what I’d do without him. I complain about him a lot, but he always keeps things interesting. And he always makes me laugh (Eventually. Some things are only funny later – after the anger wears off.)

So bring on the training videos. I don’t know how successful they’ll be, but we’ll give ‘em a shot. If nothing else, maybe they’ll provide some interesting stories.

59 comments:

Lacey said...

Ah yes. Your Toby sounds exactly like my Evie. Evie has time and time again reminded me that material possessions mean absolutley nothing.

Take for example, my cell phone. I bought it a few months after we got Evie, so about two years ago, and it was my pride and joy. Because of that, I also bought a leather case to keep it safe, not thinking at all that dogs like to chew things, especially things made of leather.

Sure enough, LESS THAN TWO HOURS after owning my phone, it was COVERED in deep bite marks. The leather case was nowhere to be found, but I'm pretty sure that's because it was in Evie's little puppy belly.

And yet, I wouldn't trade her for the world. :-)

Diane said...

I used to tell my dog, Tucker, 'God made you cute 'cause he knew he was going to make you bad.' Sundance got the same speech. But they are so worth it.

By the way, I've been meaning to tell you about this dog training show I saw on Animal Planet... you should check it out... ;)

Jen L. said...

You are going to leave the videos playing for Toby while you're at work, right? Dude, he could be trained by the time you got home. :)

Missy said...

Oh No She Did Not! That is like giving a parent a "parenting" book!How dare her! LOL

Jenners said...

Hmmmmmmm...well after reading this post, I don't think your landlord is too off the mark!

SweetPeaSurry said...

Oh girl ... boys will be boys ... eating paper and regurgitation is just part of the practice!

blessings!

Anonymous said...

H, you're getting great training for motherhood! You'll be the most patient mom in the world after dealing with Toby's shenanigans! I agree with Jen - leave the video running while you're at work and you could come home to a new dog!

AJ

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