Monday, October 27, 2014

So...I have this dog

His name is Jonah and I was sharing a pic of him the other day with a fellow blogger who asked why I never post about my pets. So I thought, well, why not post about Jonah?

This is what he looked like when I first brought him home:


Then he got bigger:




And bigger:


And finally all grown up:


The trouble is he doesn't act like he's all grown up and he is now SEVEN years old. Plenty old enough to know that counter surfing is NOT okay. Neither is pulling the lint out of the garbage in the bathroom. Or rummaging about in the cat boxes. And definitely not eating empty cereal boxes (there might be a crumb or two left...), all the pears in the bowl (even though the bowl was pushed way back into a corner), a nearly empty box of sugar, toothpaste, grass, more grass, and especially not the special Jim (the cat) food at $1.69 a whack! Which btw, was in a box with plastic on it and, more importantly, IN CANS! Yep. He got all those cans out of the box, opened them all up, and ate all the Jim food.

 Thankfully he leaves the cans behind, crushed and scattered around the living room, and for a second, looking at him, I think, my God! He's seven freaking years old?! Can't he finally grow up and behave? But then I look at him again and that face (so kissable), and all I can manage is a half-hearted, "Jeez, Jonah..." Because the fact is, he's never going to grow up. He just isn't, and anyway, he's only going to be here for a short while so why waste a lot of time scolding him for stuff he can't help? Why not just make all his years as happy as possible? Which I think is ultimately a pretty good idea.

So, yeah. That's the story of my dog, Jonah, who isn't very well-behaved - but he is very much loved.





26 comments:

  1. I like Jonah. Harper, who died recently, twice ate half a chocolate cake that I had just baked. I wish he could come back and steal food again. I miss him.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. And that's exactly why I couldn't get too mad.

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  2. I need a bit more of your accepting attitude with our Daisy. We keep waiting for her to grow up and calm down but alas she is still a rambunctious puppy at heart who also eats everything in sight. Luckily she is not smart enough to open cans yet.
    Thank you for sharing. I will work on my patience and acceptance.

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    1. I've finally accepted that Jonah can't help his overwhelming desire for anything that might possibly be edible. The best I can do is try to keep things out of his reach - tho it is difficult sometimes!

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  3. One of my dogs sounds a lot like Jonah. Only when she gets into things she's not supposed to (like the canned cat food) she hides the evidence afterwards.

    Beautiful dog!

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    1. He is very good looking - and loveable! - just not so smart.

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  4. He's a cutie.
    My dog ate my record collection and the legs off our coffee table. Eating toothpaste would've been no big deal.

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    1. Oh my gosh, your entire collection, plus coffee table legs? Oy.

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    2. I can't even count how many things he's eating and got into *sigh*

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  5. Oh my gosh. I love this post. Love it. So flippin' floppin' cute. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  6. Our dogs are the same age! My dog pretty much spends her days sleeping and convincing me she needs to go outside every 20 minutes so she can get another treat!

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  7. Jonah is a naughty boy all right! I can't believe he got into the canned cat food! And a big dog like that on the counter has got to be worse than a cat on the counter -- a problem we have here at our house.

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    1. Yeah, and training cats is near impossible - unless you're my mom who somehow manages to train all her cats.

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  8. Nice to meet Jonah!!! We had a dog like that . . . a beagle who could move chairs to climb onto the table . . . and we loved him, and scolded him, and loved him. The only "correction" that worked was leashing him to our banister and then sitting in another room without him. He really didn't like to be left on the outside of family gatherings and after a few times of doing that (with only a minor scold) after his escapades, he got better - never angelically good, but better. And then, he escaped our fence and broke his back somehow before he came home again . . . and we had to put him down.
    Love on your dog, misbehavior and all. Every dog has their "correction" that works for them, but at the same time . . . all I can say is love that dog. :)

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    1. Sorry you had to put your dog down. That's a hard thing. And I don't think Jonah's going to change much at this stage so really what choice is there but to love him?

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  9. LOL. It's like you have an ANIMAL living in your house. What is it about dogs that we forgive them everything!? Must be that unconditional love stuff. :)

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    1. I think that's it - and yes, I do remind myself of the fact that he is an animal and maybe the food instinct is just really really strong in him because honestly I don't think he can resist his nose telling him there just might be something to eat in whatever he's got his eye on.

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  10. He sounds like fun-work. Also, all that "never gonna grow up" is why I don't have dogs. My son wants one, but I'm just a cat person.

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    1. I have cats, too, and they all have their own stories, too. Thankfully Jonah is very good with the cats, and friendly with people, albeit maybe a bit overly friendly...

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  11. Yes. They do have very short lives.

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    1. Which is why I might as well make it happy for him.

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  12. Yikes. I guess you've tried hiding the food.

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    1. We generally put all food away in cupboards or in the fridge but if we forget...

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