Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 1078

It's pretty clear who calls the shots in this house. I was just a little off schedule with walks and feeding times today and the dogs wouldn't let me hear the end of it. There is a time for everything, and when I'm late they both start barking and nudging me with their snouts to get me back on schedule. It's futile to resist, so I usually just go along with the program. If I'm late, you'd think the earth was coming to an end. On the other hand, if I'm early it just establishes a new benchmark and I'm expected to be early all the time

I don't know why Dot and Dash were so eager to go out today. It was cold outside. Another cold front must have swept through last night, because it was 70 degrees on Sunday. This morning, it was in the mid 30's. Too cold for me!

Every Winter I have reservations about our plan to move North when we retire. I don't like the cold. Even though I went to high school in Alaska and spent a few winters in Idaho and Washington, I never really got used to snow. After thirty years in Texas, I've totally forgotten how to deal with it. Nevertheless, Dallas is no place to grow old. When the time comes, I'll easily trade this city's problems for someplace cold and very quiet.

The only thing I'd miss about leaving Dallas are the city's great veterinarians. There isn't a better place in the entire country if you have a sick dog. The Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas is the Mayo Clinic for dogs. It's amazing what the doctors and surgeons at that place can do. They've saved the lives of several of our dogs and many of our friends dogs. It would be hard to go back to a little rural vet clinic after getting used to the idea that dogs can actually get better care than humans.

The cold weather seemed to cool everything else down as well. Business was slow today. I ended up having time to watch the Joss Whedon "Serenity" DVD after I took Dash to the vet for his antigen shot. It was a good movie, but the dogs didn't like it at all. It was what got me off schedule.

Spots is today's Dalmatian of the Day
Watch of the Day


  1. Dogs are like people. Some love the cold and others hate it. My chihuahua hated the few rainy days in lovely Laguna Beach, CA and would refuse to go outside, even if she had to pee. I would bring an umbrella for her and coax her until she finally couldn't hold it anymore.

    By the way, Laguna Beach is not a bad place to retire. They have great vets here and it's one of the most dog friendly places in the world. It's not unusual to see people walking their 3 or 4 dogs. And you can still manage to find some really quiet areas for housing. They also have a really fantastic senior citizens center. Free buses during the summer too.

  2. Dogs Do insist on that schedule! Maggie is finally getting used to dinner at the time it should be after my week of doing the paper route when she had breakfast at 3 am.