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Monthly Archives: February 2011
You might think after reading yesterday’s post that Pablo actually sleeps in his dog bed full time. Not so. The dog bed is where he parks his butt during the daytime hours. At night either K or I pick him up and bring him upstairs (Pablo does not climb stairs) and deposit him on the bed. He makes a beeline for the biggest, softest pillow and curls up until one of us dislodges him from his throne. Then he heads to the foot of the bed, plops down with a disgruntled sigh, and is soon asleep.
Sleeping with one’s pet is not unique, even though a recent CDC study warns of the dangers it could bring. Cat scratch fever, meningitis, and even bubonic plague are all possibilities. The two California doctors who conducted the study admit that the risks are rare. Still they advise against allowing pets in the bedroom.
Here’s my two cents. I believe in adhering to the many reasonable safety precautions that exist– such as buckling my seatbelt every time I’m in the car. But I’m willing to risk the extremely rare chance I might get bubonic plague in favor of cuddling with my dog.
Plenty of people apparently feel the same. In an article in The New York Times pet owners confess to the comfort of sleeping with their dogs and cats. When my partner of twenty years died suddenly eight years ago, Pablo’s warm furry body next to mine helped me make it through many a long, lonely night.
One woman from Woodstock does seem to take it a bit far. She sleeps with two cats, three dogs, and a potbellied pig. Hey, whatever floats your boat, I say. The NYT article points out that the woman finds it hard to get a date. I wonder why.
Coming in at number three in the Toy Group at the Westminster Dog Show, Oscar De La Hoya will forever hear those four little words echoing in his pug ears. Just who is this champion who reached for the stars? A three-year-old pug, Oscar hails from Lodi, CA. He’s won two dozen best-in-show competitions, and last year’s American and Canadian nationals. Congrats, Oscar!
A day after winning Westminster’s Best in Show, Hickory, the Scottish deerhound, was feted during a whirlwind tour of the city. After meeting with members of the press yesterday, he was treated to a meal at Sardi’s–filet mignon cut up into tiny pieces and served on a silver platter. Except Hickory wasn’t having any. The star of the moment turned up his regal nose at the traditional feast of past winners. Although Hickory has a good appetite, steak is not a part of the dog’s normal diet. His handler explained that sight hounds are a sensitive breed. “Little things affect them,” Angela Lloyd said. “You’ve got to do what’s best for the dog.” Amen to that.
Still, one thing I know for sure. If a pug had won Best in Show, that platter would have been licked clean in a New York minute!