Wednesday, May 03, 2006

one of the many reasons why I keep him around

Josh sometimes has to leave before I get up in the morning, and once in a while, he'll leave me a small early breakfast on my nightstand. Sometimes a bowl of dry cereal, sometimes toast with butter on it, sometimes just a coffee. It is a nice little surprise to wake up to a pre-shower meal!

This morning, he got up at 6am and was out the door shortly thereafter. I woke up to find toast with honey on it, resting by the clock radio. I found it before the alarm went off, because I had dogs climbing on my face to get a sniff at the plate sitting so close to the bed. Food in bed is a novelty to them, since we rarely eat upstairs.

I continued lounging in bed while I savored my toast, and the dogs sat two inches to my side, Murray staring intently at the toast as it went from plate to mouth, plate to mouth, Tango glaring at me with one paw up in the air, as he shook in silent protest.

I finished everything but a sliver of crust, and in an act of mercy, broke off two tiny pieces and shared them with each of the pups. I got up to take a shower, but knowing better than to trust them alone with the plate and crust while I was in the shower, I put them on the floor while I got ready for work.

The dogs were waiting in the hallway while I took a shower and brushed teeth and hair, and when I went into the bedroom to get dressed, they both stood at the edge of the bed and looked at me to lift them up. As I lifted Murray onto the covers, he jetted over to my side of the bed, grabbed hold of the crust, and took off to the other end of the bed while I stood there in stunned silence. It was faster than I'd ever seen him move! And Tango was standing there looking as if he was thoroughly impressed with his brother's work.

My yells got him to drop the toast, and as "punishment," he was put onto the floor to wait during the rest of the morning. He lay on his bed, resting his head on his paws and looking up at me with pitiful eyes. I'd long since moved the plate, and I finally gave in and put him back up on the bed with his brother to enjoy their last morning stretches on the down comforter before I left them for the day.

Would you believe that he made the SAME beeline for the nightstand again? Same speed, same spot! I guess some pups never learn. Or perhaps he did, and that one savor of sweet honey on toast outweighed my wrath.

13 comments:

wordnerd said...

Our dog's disgusting love for Q-Tips (Yea, I know....gross, gross, gross)...knows no bounds...it defies punishment, yelling...even enclosure in his crate for the morning before we actually leave the house.

What can I say? He LOVES Q-Tips....it's like his crack....disgusting....thank god he's cute!

Piece of Work said...

That is such a sweet thing for Josh to do! I need to suggest this to Lance . . .though I have a feeling he might laugh.

Pink Cupcake said...

Aww, Josh is so thoughful...breakfast in bed is definitely a good reason for keeping him around. :)

LOL at Murray's little adventure...

Yankee T said...

Little considerate, thoughtful acts are so important to me. It's that kind of thing that keeps me in love...I'm glad you and Josh have each other.
And the dogs are a hoot!

Jess said...

Ha! Honestly, I don't know what J and talked about before we had pets. They do such random things . . .

Maribeth said...

Shubi was a little piglet. And she knew exacly where the food was and would do what we lovely called "power eating"! Neither Fritz or Greta could compete with her.
Man I miss my little pig dog!

Nancy said...

As I started reading this I was really impressed that your dogs could smell the toast but did not go after it. Then I kept reading and... oh boy, dogs will be dogs! (but how we love our pets!)

Sarcomical said...

they DO NOT LEARN. that's what i'm coming to realize. with three dogs who all are sneaky as SHIT, i've discovered that they just start to get better at timing their misbehavior for when you're a)not there b)unable to reach them or c)you're in the bathroom

Ninotchka said...

OMG Josh is darling and those pups, they are smart little cookies. Too smart!

Elizabeth said...

I guess you won't be buying your dogs those carpeted stairs they sell at Target then, huh? Good thing your dogs are so cute!

P.S. I couldn't find your email address so I have to ask you this here. Could you please change my link in your blogroll to http://table4five.blogspot.com? Thanks!

Kris said...

What a sweet guy. Spontaneous breakfast in bed! I love that, what a caring thing to do.

Angie said...

Your Josh is so sweet!

Jessica said...

I don't know what's cuter - the idea of Josh leaving those treats for you or the image of your furry baby's pitiful eyes!