I love number repetitions… 11-12-13 is the other neato date this year, or am I missing some?
Happy Thorsday, little friday, Thankful Thursday and the 9th Day of Christmas. Honestly, I’m rather over Christmas at this point. We dropped off the last gifts last night, and I don’t know of any gifts lurking out there for me, unless you count the dress I just scored at the Lilly P sale.
Gretchen is sporting her newest, current favorite coat over on the girls’ blog. But that wasn’t her only clothing gift; MJ gave her a sweet PANK “sherpa” jacket. Sis got clothes too, but her coat from MJ was too small and while she tolerated the “cropped” sweater from the Knight long enough for me to assure it fits, the girl has a very utilitarian take on clothing, and if she isn’t VERY COLD, she doesn’t want it!
The other basset fans have already figured out why Sissy’s new sweater is cropped. Bassets are hard to fit anyway, and when you have a very lean basset, it is next to impossible. However, the Knight looked over a certain sweater at the store and correctly predicted that the ribbed sweater would stretch to fit Sis just the way she’ll tolerate it… not too snug but not draggy loose, and SHORT.
Longer-term readers – or big Sissy fans – might recall that the DIVA is actually fond of cowls, so bravo to the Knight for picking out something warm(er than nothing) that his girl will actually wear! If it ever gets cold enough for her to want a sweater, I’ll definitely take a photo for you. (It’s purple and white, of course…)
I also need a cute cape pattern. Sue was the first to suggest that Sissy DIVA needs a cape and after a walk last night, Sue is – as always – right. Sissy is such a strong but benevolent alpha. Gg has been in a mood lately (terrier experts know this is no cause for concern, but merely Gg finally settling into her normal, moody, demanding, adult JRT personality), and yet again announced yesterday that she wasn’t interested in exercising (walking) with us. There’s always a “good” reason (read: a reason I can figure out), and yesterday, it was because Dadaw was eating the really good German gummy bears when we left.
(Gg has a sweet tooth. Yes, I know sugar is bad for dogs, and we do limit her sweet treats, but that doesn’t mean the brat won’t sit and glare at her Dadaw while he fails to share.)
Anyway, when we returned the piglet – er, Gg – to the house, I told Sis we’d walk wherever she wanted. People who doubt that dogs understand English will guffaw when I note that at the end of our drive, Sissy looked both ways, made eye contact with me, and when I said, “Yes Sis, either way,” the girl trotted right and crossed the road. We don’t turn right when Gg is with us because there are too many dogs on that part of our road, but Sis is very reliable when she isn’t guarding Gg.
The cape-earning moment came on our return home. We passed – on the opposite side of the street – a fenced yard where one of the largest dogs on our road holds court and rules with iron teeth over his pack. He took the large terrier mix (but smaller than Sissy) to task as we were passing, and Sis began making her protective posture, not just to guard me, but I could tell that if I said the word, my one-eyed DIVA was going to go tell that big bully a thing or two…
I assured her that the big dog wasn’t REALLY hurting the other dog, and anyway, it wasn’t our fight, but despite the reassuring I was doing, I was the one learning; Sissy is a super hero, spreading peace, love, joy and justice. She just needs a cape to go with her tiara(s).
Clearly, I’m thankful for the Knight who is as into these dogs as I am, but I’m truly in awe of Sissy. We are so blessed to have her and the sweet, sassy Gretchen Greer in our lives!
What are you thankful for today?