Friday, 1 April 2016

I Hate Puppies


I don't love puppies.....I never have.
Sure I like them...who wouldn't? But I don't love them....
Puppies are programmed to get on your tits!
The Prof knows this and the other night asked me if I loved Mary yet.
I think he kind of knew the answer as she was curled up, under my chin.....in the position Meg always assumed towards the end of the day.
Mary has lost much of her puppy silliness. She remains over active for sure, and is still mouthing at the other  dogs and the odd cushion zip, but ever so slowly her personality has started to emerge.
She is bright and friendly with other people and other dogs and is astute enough to cuddle up to George without trying to grab his Australian bandanna. And unlike Meg there is not an ounce of bad temper in her. Mischief yes, bad temper..no.
This afternoon , I have not been feeling 100% , so sat in the warmth for a quiet  half hour.
Within minutes Mary had joined me.....and we watched the rain together, my chin resting on the top of her head.
Hey ho

49 comments:

  1. I miss resting my chin on my dog. It's such a comforting feeling especially when you're feeling under the weather. Feel better soon. X

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  2. Be well, John Gray. Be well.

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  3. lol so funny, programmed to get on your tits
    http://www.melodyjacob.com/

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  4. You sound melancholy, John. Good to hear that Mary is such a comfort.

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  5. Yes! I just got a little Pomeranian about 2 weeks ago. His former owner became ill and could no longer care for him all though he was a great comfort to her, she unselfishly gave him to me. He is four years old and a true delight. He just fit right in. And I am immensely glad I don't have to put up with puppy nonsense. A puppy is essentially an infant and a full time responsibility. I love this little dog!

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  6. We rescued a small dog about a month ago. We like her a lot, but we are still adapting to one another. Her energy level is quite high and she seems to be able to float in the air. Love and devotion come slowly.

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  7. A sweet image, John. Hope you feel better.

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  8. You may not love her yet but it seems she loves you! Hope you feel better soon. x

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  9. So sweet. Who couldn't love Mary... or you?

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  10. Hairy Mary looks wary as if she saw something scary at the dairy.

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  11. Glad you have the comfort of Mary and the Prof's concern while you are not well.

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  12. Cute picture....feel better John..x

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  13. I wish I had a dog to cuddle. In September I have volunteered to fly to the other side of the world (Sydney)to look after my daughter's scruffy little terrier for three weeks (while daughter visits India to look after elephants). A long way to go for a doggy cuddle.

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  14. Poor Winnie I hope she's not jealous and sulking in a corner. Greetings Maria x

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  15. I'm not a puppy person either... I do not have the patience... Cute yes, cuddly yes.... make me smile..yes... do i want to live with one...no.... Pet someone's elses puppy...yes... clean up after and train one of my own...NO... lol You two look cute together John... i'm glad things are coming together for you two. Hugs! deb

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  16. That picture sure looks like love to me! Feel better.

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  17. Oh but nothing better than a new puppy's breath. I think the 'puppy stage' is why so many are abandoned. Heartless.

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  18. I completely know what you mean. My Golden retriever puppy is now 15 months old, and he's turning into a really good DOG. I am so happy, because puppies are really such a pain in the ass. His personality is very clear now, and our household has fully integrated him in, it's a relief. Glad Mary is growing up a little bit and you get to enjoy her company. :)

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  19. Agree with Donna Baker: Thank goodness puppyhood is self-limiting, or a lot more dogs would be homeless. When I went from a 14 year old dog with heart disease to a 2 month old puppy, I seriously questioned my sanity. That puppy is now 11 years old, despite being both too smart and too stubborn for me at times. Yes, he's a terrier (Border Terrier).

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  20. Love that photo.
    Yes to Donna ! Puppy breath plus the warmth of a tiny little one curled up in you lap asleep. But they are a lot of work. People get them without thinking and then abandon them. I have raised puppies but not now just too much work for me.
    Right now I am looking for an older dog. The ones you see left in shelters after the puppies have all been adopted.
    But I must admit when the day is quiet and that sweet (naughty) puppy is quiet with you all is wonderful in the world.

    cheers, parsnip

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  21. John, that pup of yours is growing up to be just what you would wish her to be - because you have moulded her to your ways. You can already see in that photograph that it is going to be a loving relationship based on security for her.

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  22. A picture says a thousand words. YOU LOVE THAT LITTLE GIRL!

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  23. We've had puppies in the dim distant past, but no way would we even consider one now - we're too old, and too set in our ways. Our last three dogs have all been retired from breeding, and all have been mature, and delightful, loving dogs. In the event that we should have another dog, we would opt for an older dog every time. There are so many mature dogs, through no fault of their own, looking for a good home.

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  24. awwwwwwwwwwww, daddy and daughter!

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  25. I think Mary found your heart strings . . .
    Feel better soon . . .

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  26. I can tell from the eyes. Thats where the soul is and the start of any painting. But then I find baby people totally boring.

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  27. Surely that photo of Sorrel and Mary deserves a
    spot on your sidebar. To me it says puppies are
    fun!

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  28. I prefer cats to kittens too.
    I hope you are feeling much better now. 110%. At least.

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  29. That picture of the two of you.......so sweet!

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  30. Everyone seems to agree - puppies are very cute, but altogether too full-on and Hard Work! They do grow into wonderful loving animals, but there's a helluva lota hard years first! Hope you're feeling better soon John. Meanwhile, take the cuddles!

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  31. mary sure fits in with your pack.

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  32. I have to agree with (most) everyone here; just can't handle puppies any longer. Geraldo, much as I adore him, broke me.
    Feel better soon... in the meantime, accept any and all cuddles.

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  33. This is going to sound crazy to you but I fell in love with Mary from that day when she was sitting on your bed, looking outside the window.
    She was still a baby puppy. There is something about Mary...I stole that photo and have it in my computer and there she stays.

    Allegra

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  34. Of course you love her John! Her face alone is worthy of your love but her disposition sounds delightful!

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  35. I am staying in hotels right now, having sold my home, moved out and now driving from NY State to Florida.
    Alone with 2 cats.
    Or 2 cats having me drive them to Florida. Depends on how you look at it.
    Minnette naps but she is also quite vocal.
    Merlin sleeps.
    Tonight about to have a big swallow of hot Egg Drop Soup, Minnette crashed into my arm, slopping hot soup on me and everything else ..
    I am now resting and sitting on the massive hotel bed and Merlin is sleeping beside me. I reached out and touched him and without opening his eyes, he started to purr.
    So I feel like I know just what you mean, except in the cat world .
    It won't be long before I start my own puppy hunt though .
    I wish I could have a Mary sort of pup.

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  36. I love the way you take care of your dogs and the Menagerie of live animals you take care of you did not take any of them for granted it is the sign of a kind soul. My mom used to say you judge a person by the way they treat animals.

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  37. I love the way you take care of your dogs and the Menagerie of live animals you take care of you did not take any of them for granted it is the sign of a kind soul. My mom used to say you judge a person by the way they treat animals.

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  38. I understand what you mean about puppies. But "ours" have grown up way too fast. Todd will be 5 in a few days.... Can you believe it?

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  39. Most people (sadly) are the opposite. They love puppies, then take them to the rescue centre when they grow into boisterous big dogs. I shan't say what I'd like to do to these people.

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  40. Mary is a dear little thing. I would love to have a dog but the men here aren't ready for one (have been nagging for years). I did walk dogs from the local dogs home for a while but had to stop as I wanted to keep them all! My turn will come I am sure.

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    1. Both my wife and I are Surrey natives; if she says we need a dog, we have a dog. I thought all Surrey women wore the trousers.

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  41. I hear ya! I feel very responsible for my dogs as puppies, and cosset them carefully, to hopefully make sure they safely grow into the dogs I really want, but the puppy stage is a worry and a pain, and I haven't minded missing out on it when I've had older rescues. Raising (or even breeding) a puppy doesn't seem to ensure any special depth of bonding. Some of my closest dogs have been adult rescues, some have been pups. I always wonder at people who instantly bond to a dog, horse or cat every time. I wish I could do that. For me it sometimes takes a while.

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  42. My four previous dogs were all pups to train with me. My current dog was two years old before we gave him a (good) home but I really miss knowing his history.

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  43. Mary there... clearly thinking: "He's okay but I wouldn't say I loved him. Big warm belly though."

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  44. I like old and mellow dogs

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    1. Old dogs are the best dogs.

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  45. I don't like puppies either, we were just getting to the end of Charleys madness when we lost her, I would give anything to have little warm puddles and chewed up sticks back on my floor :-(

    But I doubt we'll ever get another puppy, when we get a Border Collie again, which has always been on the cards, it will be from a rescue organisation and most likely be that little bit older to start with ... phew!!

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