We have two couches in our living room. The shiny new leather couch has no real underneath space, and Cricket finds this very upsetting. She will lie down under the stand-in-for-a-coffee-table, or, she will go to the other couch, the IKEA couch that used to be in my room in the old apartment.
Cricket has very strong feelings about enclosed spaces. She loves them. She can slither under things like a snake, using her paws for propulsion and bending her legs in at her sides like pretzels. She has an apartment under my bed, and one under Grandma’s bed, and one under the coffee table and one under the couch. These apartments are a good place to go when humans are trying to steal the goop from your eyes, or give you a bath.
Cricket also discovered that while she can crawl under the IKEA couch, Butterfly has trouble scrunching down that low, which meant that Cricket could steal Butterfly’s chewies and hide them under the couch, where Butterfly couldn’t reach. But Cricket did not understand that, while she enjoys chewies, Butterfly is a chewie addict. And that addiction gave Butterfly the motivation to teach herself how to lower down, and scoot her shoulders under the couch, just enough to steal the chewie back.
Butterfly’s head and trunk are much wider than Cricket’s, and she is much less flexible, so the first time she managed to retrieve a chewy from under that couch I cheered like I was at a sporting event. I was so proud, and she was so gleeful, and Cricket was glowering at both of us. I grew up with an older brother, so I know something about being smaller and weaker, and it was nice to see a little one prevail.
In fact, Butterfly has taken to dropping her own chewy on the floor, running over to the couch, scrunching down, and stealing Cricket’s chewie, on principle.
I really shouldn’t enjoy this as much as I do.
Gotta love our babies….
Yes, and it’s not hard to do at all.
Except when you find one of them under your bed with your nicest bra, which is now in soggy little bits.
Even then. A little bit harder, granted, but when that puppy smiles with satin dripping from her chin…
she’s not a puppy she’s a bloody great dog that still likes to sit on my lap and lick my ear. Even when I tell her I’m not happy. Dogs. Tuh!
Oh, what fun it must be watching those two sweeties. They are just soooo cute. Hugs and nose kisses
They are ridiculously entertaining, and they wake me up early to prove it.
I soo wanna hugggg them right awayyyy 😀
Just watch out for Cricket’s teeth. Sometimes she thinks biting is preferable to hugging.
It’s not an apartment-it’s a den.
I should probably get her a tiny TV to watch in her tiny den.
Cricket made me smile. She wants to be as small as a little cricket. 😉
She really does! She likes to curl up in Lima bean pose to prove she has no bones.
“….using her paws for propulsion and bending her legs in at her sides like pretzels.” What a wonderful description. Made me laugh out loud. Which I guess should be a ‘lol’. But I don’t like ‘lolling’ when the full words mean so much more. 🙂
I do like an emoticon though.
Butterfly loves to make her smiley face, we may have to redesign emoticons to match her little pink tongue.
They are great! Thanks for sharing you photos with me!
That’s a great Idea , I would never have looked at it that way..Thank you.
Have a good weekend. Love those little guy’s. 🙂
You absolutely SHOULD love it this much. And endless stream of amusement and fluffiery. I love the undertable hideout.
It is often VERY difficult to find Cricket, if she doesn’t want to be found.
Hehehee – the cloak of invisibility
Around here Heidi’s prime chewie is whatever one Hamlet has in his mouth.
Well, that’s clearly the tasty one.
I beg to differ. Do enjoy these times with your babies as much as you can!! Teresa and I looked at our giant bed with only three dogs on it last night and shook our heads together…it looked so empty without our other two.
I would lend you my girls if I could figure out how to clone them. Just close your eyes and imagine the searing pain in your hand from a Cricket bite, and the faint smell of pee from Butterfly’s endless fascination with peeing on her legs, and they will be right there with you.
LOL!!! Another great post about your two babies. Btw nice work on the afghan/blanket. 🙂
Thank you! I broke two circular needles making that blanket, so I treasure it. Of course, my idea on treasuring it seems to include feeding the puppies on it.
Hilarious. I love your pups!
Me too! Thank you!
So sweet and so much fun!!!! Dogs are so pawesome!!!!
I’ve recently taken over my son’s old room as a writing space and my dogs are most interested. The room has changed a lot since my son moved out with his girlfriend and the dogs are a bit confused. Honey in particular would cruise this room for left over snacks so she has fond memories of it. While writing a story yesterday I heard her under single guest bed scratching like mad. She had found an old rug that my wife had stored under there and she was making it ‘comfortable’.
Dogs really know how to make things comfortable. I think I should hand over the interior decorating to Cricket. We might end up with grass floors, but that wouldn’t be so bad, would it?
Your pups are so adorable! Loving your blog X
My little man liked places where he can feel safe, places where he is “free” yet there is a covering over his head. What I did for him was to place the two dog houses in a position where one could not move and secured the other one with a couple of heavy paving stones. I then put an unused table top across the top between the two houses and a raised bed underneath.That way, if he wants he can go into one of the dog houses he can do so or if he wants to go up onto the raised bed, he can do that. It works for them.
The problem with your solution is that it would require effort. I’m not big on effort. I feel very lucky that Cricket has done the work for me.
My dog, Mambo, likes enclosed spaces too. At almost 40 pounds, however; the only place he can usually find to get into is the closet if I leave the door open a bit. I guess that’s his Mambo cave! Celeste 🙂
Long after Cricket grew to her full size (14 pounds from a starting weight of two pounds at eight weeks), She kept trying to fit into her puppy-sized places. I had to move bookcases closer together and push them back to the wall to discourage her from trying to squeeze in.
(dogsmile) Let’s hear it for rescuing the stolen chewie! woof woof woof!!!
Yes, that’s what Butterfly is doing. She is “rescuing” the chewie. Yesterday, when a chewie went missing, I checked under the couch. there was Cricket, with one chewie in her paws, and one under her butt.
lol butt flavored chewie….you could be on to something!
Oh btw that’s a very, very nice blanket!
Hilarious! Stealing goop from eyes…hehehe….
My Atom is always stealing Pepper’s food so I cheer her own when she reprimands him. He’s gotta learn somehow.
Butterfly has started barking at Cricket to tell her what to do. It hasn’t worked yet, but you never know. Maybe peer learning is the best thing.
That’s a lovely blanket you made – it’s even Cricket colour co-ordinated. Genius! Any blankets I get or make for Pearl and Millie have to be dark colours – they are both dirt magnets!
I have a picture of Cricket on that blanket when I first finished it, and you can’t see where she ends and the blanket begins. And then, of course, i went to the shelter and found the one dog that was exactly the same color. I may be obsessed.
“She has an apartment under my bed, and one under Grandma’s bed, and one under the coffee table and one under the couch.” I love this line!
She is clearly in charge. And so photogenic. 🙂
Cricket is the boss, just ask her.
Hehe. I love it! My dog Morgan (since passed) also ruled the roost! The kids had nothing on him! 🙂
That was such a cute post
Our Chicki’s favourite spot is underneath my husband’s swivel chair….:)
Cricket has tried that, and discovered that there is danger in them there wheels.
Too cute! And, your homemade blanket is gorgeous!
Tweeted this and another of your lovely posts, tonight 🙂
Go Butterfly! You can get your chewie back!