This little angel wouldn't do anything wrong, would she?
It was a beautiful autumn Sunday morning. The birds were chirping, the weather was nice, the sun was shining. Your 'Long and Short of it All' hosts 'Joey' and 'Maggie' enjoyed a long morning walk, meeting lots of their neighborhood friends, and then devoured a nice Sunday breakfast - raw salmon and bone with a slightly cooked egg on top - sunny side up, just the way they like it.
After breakfast, Maggie was listening to some relaxing Joni Mitchell, and then resigned herself to catching some rays - taking advantage of the south-facing windows and especially enjoying Dad's brand new 2-day-old super thick and comfy Australian hand-tufted wool rug. If there is a doggie heaven, then surely it must be something like this. Dad even took these photos. Maggie had been at the grooomer's just the day before, and the bows on her ears still hadn't fallen out - how cute could she possibly be?
The lazy day progressed. We helped Dad do some garden cleanup on the veranda, and then played in some leaves - crashing into the big piles before Dad could place them in the trash bin, what fun!
Soon it was time for bed. Dad went to turn the light out near the couch, walking on his cushy new wool rug, enjoying the feel of every warm firm fiber through his socks, with a cocky grin on his face that he often gets when he's generally pleased.
SQUISH. What was that? SQUISH. Huh? WHY IS THIS WET? MAGGIE! We were just resting on our little bed, and suddenly he glances over at us, darts flying out of his eyes in our general direction. "We didn't do anything," our expressions explained.
See, Maggie is a marker. She loves to mark outside when she goes for walks, lifting her hind leg as high as it will go on everything she can - it's very un-ladylike. At nearly nine years old, there was never any problem with her marking in the house - excecpt last winter for the first time ever, and those episodes ceased after a few weeks and some re-direction.
BUT THE BRAND NEW RUG? TWO DAYS OLD? Dad was hot and called his trainer friend, Kim, of Kim's Dog Coaching, who said "Well, what do you expect? You know she's a marker, and you bring a new rug in the house - made of animal hair? Well, it's not a new rug anymore. Now it's Maggie's." Then she gave Dad some tips on preventing it from happening again.
Maggie almost didn't get to sleep in the big bed last night, but the trainer said that there was no such cause and effect relationship in the dog world - she peed on the rug, wasn't caught in the act, and it's over.
Maggie is still laying low this morning however.
Who, me? Get a load of the whirring tail.