04 January 2009

So where am I supposed to sit, then?


These two poor dogs are getting somewhat above their station. After the horrors of the Hell Hole, you'd think Mama Mia and Mistral would be happy with the two comfortable beds I provided for them. Nice and big, with soft cushions and vet beds on top. Oh no! Yesterday they got up onto the sofa twice. Twice I told them to get down. And then, when I woke up this morning, there they were - and so here they are... (Please click on the link if you are new to this story).

So Beau has my chair and sometimes the cushion on the coffee table (usually the domain of the smaller dogs) and now the sofa has gone too. So where do I sit?

I hear you say this is a very strange looking sofa and you'd be right. I used, in another lifetime, to own a normal sofa, but when you look after dogs for a living it doesn't work. Someone comes in and pees against it, another is sick on it. Forget it! It's easier to have a wrought-iron day bed like this - you can wipe it down if necessary and change the bedding all the time. I keep telling myself that one day I'll get one of those deep sofas, enormous soft cushions, preferable white - but of course I know I never will.


Yesterday I went shopping for the first time since the new dogs have been here - left them for just over an hour. I so hoped they'd behave, not wreck the place, not pull stuff off the kitchen counter, not attack the closed door. I so hoped because tonight the plan is to leave them and go out to dinner in Menton with friends. When I got back, I listened outside the door. Not a sound. Opened the door and nothing...everyone was fast asleep. Mama Mia opened one eye and went back to sleep again. Mistral got up slowly. Beau didn't move, as per normal. The three little bichons, en pension, barked like crazy and Goldy, the blind dog in the kitchen, got up to say Hello. All was well. What luck, eh?

Another two baths each tomorrow and then to the vet mid-week for a check-up to see how they are doing, how their skin in particular is doing. I'll report after that.

16 comments:

spacedlaw said...

It's a great task you are doing there. Thank you.

Nathalie said...

I had to laugh at your comment about owning a big white sofa one day! But I'm really pleased about the dogs' progress. I hope you enjoy the dinner with friends tonight - because you'll go of course, after such a positive experience in the morning!

Virginia said...

Oh Jilly, that didn't take long did it. Ahhhhh life is good!! Glad the girls behaved responsibly while you were gone. Those big floppy ears and sad sack eyes just melt my heart.
V

sonia a. mascaro said...

Congratulations for your job! A GREAT task for sure!

Mama Mia and Mistral are very lucky to have you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

angela said...

I guess they've settled in then..
Have a great evening out. You deserve it..

Julie said...

Those eyes are wonderful, Jilly. I do hope you keep your bedroom door shut!

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

Aw, it is so wonderful to see them making themselves at home!!! It must feel like such a wonderful dream for them compared to their former lives.

Nancy said...

God Bless you! Keep up the good work.

Nancy

Hilda said...

It must be a comfort to them to smell you on the sofa. Maybe you sit on their beds first :)

I'm really glad they feel safe with you. Hope they heal quickly and well.

Nancy L. said...

Ahhh, the couch! My husband (recently retired) and our two 'retired' greyhounds have an ongoing battle over "who gets the couch". His answer? Get to the couch first and STAY there!
Your pups are looking wonderful and clearly enjoying their 'new life'

Lessie said...

I love reading about Mia and Mistral. You have done such a great thing -- I can't wait to see how further they progress. I also now know who to ask when I have a dog problem! :)

Neva said...

That is great that they are settling in so well..I love your idea about the day bed...we currently own a "dog only" couch...no person would sit on it ever...but it really needs to go...I like this day bed plan!Washable and non smelly!

PJ said...

It's hard to look closely at the photographs, they tell such a sad story, but knowing they're in their forever home is such a joy. I'm glad you were able to leave your babes for the first time and all went well.

lady jicky said...

From one Pushy Rescue Pug to two Pushy rescued hounds -

"You go girls!"
Kisses,
Rosie!

* I hope you have a great night out Jilly and the "paw people" are asleep when you come home. Wishing you the best at the Vets!

Julie said...

And I read that you are tired.

Lassie, lassie, lassie ... ease up ...

Bibi said...

I am so pleased for these dogs. They must think they are in heaven, and in an earthly way they are.

Please check my blog tomorrow (Thursday)...there's a post that will interest you.

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