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Mom and Dad Can Watch the Grand Dogs!

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Dakota and Astro


It will be fine...

A while back, we lost a very special dog and it was so tough getting back into the groove, back into a new routine, which would not include our Gunner.

When our oldest son asked us if we could watch his dog, while he was out of town on a job ”for a week or so“, we said sure, why not, she’s easy!

Dakota is our original grand, she is fifteen years old and so she spends most of her days lying around and sleeping, not the least bit energetic.

In fact, she is so laid back that I had to wake her up a few times to have her go outside, in order to take care of business.

Most of the time, we didn't even know that she was around...but that was about to change!

In the meantime, our other son and his girlfriend had asked us if we could watch their dogs, while they went out of town for a few days.

Thinking that our original grand dog would be long gone before the time came, we agreed!

Turned out that our oldest son’s one week trip turned into a much longer period of time and so...we ended up with three dogs, of various shapes, sizes, ages, temperaments, all suddenly living under one roof together with us empty nesters.

I can laugh about it now, and have, but it was one wild adventure, I am here to tell you!

Our daughter has a cat, don't think it ever even entered her mind to have Luna participate in the festivities and I doubt there were any hurt feelings on her part... of having been left out!



A rundown

The not so energetic older dog, Dakota, for some strange reason, became intrigued by and obsessed with, the tiny little dog, Ellie (she belongs to my son's girlfriend).

She either thought the tiny dog, was the young pup she never had or she reminded her of a special little play toy from her past, not sure which!

She never sought to hurt her, but she would hover over her, as if protecting her...don’t know what she was thinking, but she'd never give her an inch of her own space.

The hovering was usually accompanied by a consistent, loud, monotone bark.

She had transformed right before eyes into...Ellie’s stalker!

I had not seen her move that quickly in over five years.

Who knew, she was so spry?

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Who knew she had such pent up energy?

Where was that excessive energy coming from, we pondered!

Suddenly she would never tire!

Who knew I’d be telling Ms. Lethargic to please go take a nap!

Haven't even talked about the middle dog Astro.

Astro belongs to our other son and has always been a bundle of energy!

Being the alpha dog he is, on his initial return to our home, he immediately sought to do us, a big favor!

He would seek to eliminate all scents and all traces of the former resident, affectionately known to us, as Gunner.

Astro would do this by marking every single step on the staircase, every piece of furniture; whether modern or antique, he showed no favoritism...and no mercy...he thoroughly sprinkled them all, all throughout the night.

I am sure when he finally fell asleep, having worked his magic, he had visions of hugs, smiles, unending praise and treats coming his way at morning’s light!

They have their cuteness moments

Astro and Ellie

Astro and Ellie



Got the picture?

So you should have a pretty good picture of our situation at the time.

Energetic dog, the proverbial bull in a china shop, leaving no doubt...and many signs... he’s the big cheese, the leader of the pack, big dog on campus.

Older dog, with a renewed spirit and some actual giddy in her giddy up, reliving her glory days...remembering her very first play toy, perhaps? She was obsessed with it, until the day she wasn’t and ended up shredding it to pieces.

Needless to say, I was on pins and needles!

Oh, not to worry, the object of grand old dog’s affection was much too fast and was in my lap or very close by, at all times.

Although she spent most of her time looking up at me as if to say, I’ve had enough of these two Grams...when is Momma coming back?

Original grand and alpha dog spent much of their time out on the porch, getting some fresh air, taking in nature.

Little Ellie had my number early on and knew when I'd say, “okay just this one time”, it didn't really mean anything, just some random words Grams says...for fun!

Me, taking the three of them for a walk, was a sight to behold...

The good mind was off of other things, which had been weighing me down, such as the loss of our beautiful "hairiest kid", our German Shepherd, Gunner.

Also, for some strange reason, I had a sudden and renewed interest in getting the house into tip-top shape. For a change, I was able to get a jump on things before the holidays.

So thanks to my kids, it was a win-win, of sorts!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 27, 2019:

Thank you Paula, I feel the absolute same about you!!!

Yes, this wild ride we've been on isn't going to slow up anytime soon.

Baghdadi is as dead as a doornail this morning, that's some good news.

Suzie from Carson City on October 27, 2019:

Angie.....You are a "Treat!"......So glad to have met you. You've got style and spunk.....& you make me smile!.....

Here's to the march toward 2020!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 27, 2019:

Good Morning Paula, I am perfectly capable of saying nice things about cats:

I love my daughter and she loves her cat!

How's that? ;)

My daughter swears her cat is somewhere in the house, every time I go to to visit, but I never see the elusive Luna! Granted there are also three young children in the house...I'm sure she cherishes her safety zones!! LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 27, 2019:

Good morning Shannon, dogs choose too! Dakota was one among a dozen puppies, she separated herself from the pack and chose my son. Although he wanted to meet and hold all of them, she never left her place of prominence and never took her eyes off of my son. She wore him down. :) It was special! She is special.

Suzie from Carson City on October 26, 2019:

Hey, hey! Angie....Easy on the Cat-shaming, please. LOL...My fur babies can read! They wanna know who the pretty blonde lady is who is not a "cat-person!!" They say they'll stop by to change your mind.....

Yes, there's a world of difference between canine and feline. I love both, but now-a-days, can only handle my felines because frankly, they're very self-sufficient!

Your article made me think of my aunt & uncle who have no human grandchildren, but 2 granddogs that firmly believe they're human....and believe it or not, my Uncle has always carried pics of these dog grandkids in his wallet so when other men brag about their grandchildren, my Uncle whips out his pictures too!!

Sounds like you're in for FUN! Good luck!

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 26, 2019:

Too late to correct my typo. But maybe it works either way. LOL

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 26, 2019:

No. Sorry, no advice for the dinosaur. I say tell him to roar as fiercely as he can and never let anyone tell him he's not a dinosaur! But just to be safe, there's probably some research about that. ;)

I don't know what everyone's cats do. But mine shred toilet paper to use as bedding, which is quite annoying. One of them used to open doors, but she got outside and hasn't come home because I assume she blames us for her kitten's death even though it was stillborn and the only cat she gave birth to. So she ran off to have her second littler. One of the ones that shreds toilet paper, however, purrs really loud and likes to make biscuits on my stomach (knead her paws) if I lay on my back. The only problem with that is that she gets so relaxed that she slobbers all over me, too. But, hey, she loves me and her purr is relaxing. Sneezy prefers my husband's lap to mine, but she purrs a lot too. It's funny because when they were kittens, I claimed Sneezy and he claimed Munchkin. Guess that's why cats rule, though. They chose their humans instead.

I used to have a cat who would catch any paper someone tried to wad up and throw away, She'd stand up and catch it like a person being thrown a baseball. That cat had more personality than any other cat I've ever had. She didn't like it when I went to college and snubbed me when I came home for a day or so. She got mad if I set her outside my bedroom door for knocking the phone out of my hands. She'd mew nicely at first, but then it turned mean. And she was jealous when my oldest son was born.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 26, 2019:

Yes, that was interesting, did anyone have any advice for my three year old grandson that identifies as a dinosaur? ;)

I am not a cat person.

Dogs wag their tails, they start spinning in circles, they bark, they whimper with excitement, they are genuine.

What do cats do? Meow for dinner?

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 26, 2019:

Yes, they do. After that can of worms I opened tonight, I'd say it's nice to have friends that do that as well. That was about as lively as some of the conversations here on HP. LOL.....And I had one friend say she was going to laugh at every single comment just to stir the pot more. But nobody gives unconditional love like a dog, that's for sure. Not even finicky cats. haha

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 26, 2019:

So true Eric. :)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 26, 2019:

They do drive us crazy at times, but they love unconditionally! :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 26, 2019:

Family is love or not family.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 26, 2019:

LOL....I don't blame you one bit for that. Sam is worse than a toddler when he becomes defiant. I'm more of a cat person most of the time.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 26, 2019:

Thanks for the suggestion.....but NO, we’re good!

Will love them from afar from here on out!!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 26, 2019:

I just thought of something you may be interested in. Maybe not, though, since these particular dogs happen to be grand doggies and not just any dog. . . .But there are websites that people can register with to do things like pet sit and house sit. You could do it for a hobbie and make a little extra cash if you wanted. LOL......And OMGl...I just spelled hobby like doggies. Should've thought doggy in the singular. I think I need to go take a nap or something. haha

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 26, 2019:

What a sweet update, Angie. Good to see that you are smiling again and preparing to party for the holidays. Sam jumped in my car the other day and chewed my driver's seat up. We also have a random pair of someone else's tennis shoes outside our front door now. He stole them from someone when he got out the front door somehow. I'll be so glad when that puppy chewing stage wears off!!!! He also thinks he's part cat, I guess and jumps up no the coffee table by the window on a regular basis. And Daisy maybe thinks she is, too. She chases light reflected from a phone or flashlights. Can't keep a flashlight around here or she steals it. Mirrors too. Because they reflect the light on the floor. It took us a while after we got her to figure out why she kept taking the mirrors. Funny how the pets all have such unique personalities.

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