Weekends Are Better with Dogs

| 1/12/2009 5:17:29 PM

I look forward to the weekend because I get to play. Not that we don't have plenty of fun at our actual weekday, paying gig – putting out GRIT and our other magazines – and I am eternally grateful for work I love that pays the bills. But weekend play is different. For one thing, I get to play music – at a couple of jam sessions that have been going on for years, and also in practice with my band, which has also been going on for years.

Bob Dog by the pond

But my best weekend time is getting to play with my Little Guys, which these days include Bob Dog (above), Cutie-Patootie (CP, below) and the Ace of Kittens. I never intentionally set out to have an all-male pet herd, but right now, I'm surrounded by boy-ohs.

CP ready for his closeup

It's a bit annoying that they don't have the distinction "weekend" and insist that 5:30 a.m. is still a great time to get me out of the sack. I'm often able to bribe them with an early morning feeding and get an extra hour or so of shut-eye, but basically, with the boys, the day starts early.

And once I've had coffee, their noses take us all for a walk. They HAVE to get out and smell the world, in vivid detail, and for some reason, it all goes better with me walking along beside them. I sometimes throw them out the front door and growl, like a character from Dickens, "PLAY, dammit," but they just circle the door hopefully until I start putting on my outside shoes and getting my jacket. Then we're off and running.

1/14/2009 7:15:23 AM

Wow! What a story. Thanks for the comment. If I could have three wishes, one of them would most certainly be directed at caring for animals. Having been raised with beloved pets, I simply cannot imagine -- like, really, I don't have the capacity to think that way -- treating them as inanimate objects. But it's all around me, so I know that attitude is pervasive. How do you like La Paz? How long have you lived there? --KC

1/13/2009 6:14:27 PM

i so enjoyed the article "weekends are better w/dogs". i live in the country in la paz mexico and currently have 3 dogs and 1 pup. the pup we just acquired a week ago, was dumped out here, along w/her dead mother. the buzzards and the puppy fed on the carcass. this kept her alive. spaying and neutering isn't routinely practiced here so this is not the 1st time we have dealt w/someones cast off. you can't save them all, so you do your best to help those out that you can. so for now, i enjoy our early morning/evening walks in the desert w/the california girl and the 3 rescues. having a dog door...they can go out and do their duties early in the mornings if i don't feel like getting up as early...but then they are all back on the bed, w/those longing eyes...when are we going, when are we going!!!! for them, our walks are always an adventure. for me, it's a time to reflect on the things i enjoy in my life.

1/13/2009 5:42:19 PM

i enjoyed so much reading "weekends are better with dogs". i live in la paz mexico and now have 3 dogs and 1 pup...newly acquired. 3 are from here and 1 moved down w/us. there is just something special about going for a walk in the mornings y evenings w/my little pack. living out of town allows me to walk freely w/the dogs in the desert w/o worrying about traffic. it gives them ample opportunity to explore and dig then head home for breakfast or dinner. our new little acquistion was only found a week ago. someone dumped her off along w/her dead mother. she as well as the buzzards had been feasting on the carcass. sad but this sight happens so frequently here. but you can't save them all...you just do your best to help those you can. since we have a dog door...our dogs can let themselves out to do their duties until i get up. they all wait patiently until i rise and slip into my clothes....then is's a free for all to get out the gate for the walk. but something i look forward to every day.

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