It’s a little after ten am and my doorbell rings.
Dogs: OH MY GOD SOMEONE IS HERE!!! I must bark loudly and often so they understand I am here too. Barkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbark!!
It is one of our insurance people. We have people now, fyi. He met the dogs already earlier this week, but apparently they have the memories of two and a half year olds. They run over and sniff him…all over.
Dogs: Ooooh, you’re new! I don’t know your smell, you don’t live here, you’re not one of my humans, I’m gonna smell your hands, knees, legs, feet, crotch, hands, knees, legs, bum, legs again.
Aaand, now I’m going to smell all of that AGAIN! Yay, new smells!
Thankfully, our guy has a sense of humour and likes dogs. I ask the dogs if they want to go outside.
Dogs: Outside, HOLYFUCKINGCRAP YES!! I love outside.
They run to the back door and I let them out. I chat with our guy for a minute and then leave him to his measurements of walls and things in the basement apartment.
I can hear the dogs at the door wanting to come back in, so I let them in. They immediately head for the doorway to downstairs, circling it, sniffing at it. They keep looking at me as if to say ‘mommy, where did that strange man go?’ Then they get bored and wander off to find a nice spot to sit in, because all that excitement has made them tired and now they need to lie down.
Until he leaves, of course, which starts off another rousing chorus of ‘Barkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbarkbark’.
They have now spent the afternoon either napping, getting distracted/excited beyond reason at things like a car passing or a ball on the floor and napping.
I’m about to go and let them outside again. I can’t wait to watch them go from near-comatose nap to insane excitement once more.
I remember when the kids were really little and they thought it was amusing to do things like spin in a circle in the living room until they were too tired or dizzy to stand any more. Or how they would lose their minds with excitement when company or a service person came over. It makes me smile to remember them like that and then I watch my dogs and I realize, they are just toddlers with fur.