Backyard to the Universe
Dawgs - 2009
January 5, 2009 SIDE NOTES
LADY (previously called Chow)
My name has been changed, and actually, so has Meinís. Our new families have renamed us Lady and Jenny. Helen says that I remind her of a Ďgrande dameí, whatever that means.
Anyway, this is a note that I sent to Jenny through Helen and Dan (her owner), and her response.
January 24, 2009
Before we start with any news, hereís something that Helen received from a cousin via the web:
If you can start the day without caffeine,
This is really a winter! Lots of snow and cold. Much as I like to roll in the snow, the cold and the packet snow on the roads sometimes really get to all of us. Lady has a warm coat because her fur is thinner than Donís and mine, and she really minds the cold. Our walks are shorter and fewer and we use the back yard more. Just the seasonal pattern. But Dick laughs at me. Sometimes I go out and enjoy the scenery or the sounds so much that I forget to Ďdo businessí before I come in and have to go out a second time.
The holidays were good. Krista and Don went to visit Erik and Patches for a week after Christmas. That gave Lady and me a chance to work out some of our needs for attention. We actually take turns on the dog beds by Helenís bed. Whoever goes to bed first gets to choose the bed for the night. Having to share my people with Lady has taken some effort. But one of the benefits is that Krista now allows all of us onto the futon Ė it just used to be Don and the cats. Sometimes all of us, well us dawgs and a cat or two, will be there.
Tess, Helen tells us when she sees you. Glad to hear that you are doing well. Weíre sending you this note today. Helen says that she doesnít get a chance to talk with your family as much because you donít have a phone right now. But she says that they use e-mail. Iím not sure exactly what that is, but maybe we could start using that more to keep in touch with you! We could just ask Helen to add a note from us when she sends a note to them.
I had a good vacation at Erikís. I donít think that Patches liked having me there. She has really taken over the place. She even tells Erik which curtains to open or close and when so she can see out. But it still was a good time. Kris and I took walks all round Ocean Park. It is flatter there than here, so walking is different. It was a good break, because I had Kris to myself. But it was also good to get back to Litchfield with the larger family.
And we realize that we did not get BIRTHDAY greetings out on time.
So, TO ALL OF US, BELATED BIRTHDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR