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Sunday, July 15, 2007

I Cannot Seem to Lie...

...not even to a dog. Rick came over this morning to take us (mom and me) on a drive along the coast and out to lunch. Before leaving the house, I took Amber out to the backyard to pee so she wouldn't have an accident while she was home and we were away for the afternoon. Did she pee...of course not! Suddenly my cell phone rang and it was Lynn calling from the campground (or some place nearby that finally had a cell phone signal). They're having a great time!

Anyway, Lynn asked me what our plans were and I told her we were going for a drive. The good mama that she is, she reminded me to take out Amber to do her "business" before we left. I explained that I had just tried to do that but Amber's bladder wasn't cooperating. Lynn then told me to say "Amber...business...car-car." Apparently Amber always pees before she gets in the car to go someplace and that's one of her favorite activities...riding in a car. I told Lynn that it didn't feel right to say something that wasn't true since we weren't taking Amber with us. Lynn told me not to worry about lying to Amber...she needed to pee before we left so it was in her best interest.

So...what did I do? I took Amber back out, said the magic words and, sure enough, she peed on cue. When we got back inside, I told Rick how awful I was feeling about lying to Amber particularly because now she was jumping up and down and barking in excitement thinking she was truly going with us in the car.

Knowing how miserable I was feeling, Rick finally came up with the perfect solution. We told mom we'd be back in a few minutes, we loaded Amber in our car and then drove around the neighborhood so Amber could have her fun. We then drove back home, dropped her off, picked up Mom and went on our merry way. Whew...I felt so much better.

I know when Lynn reads this blog she's going to roll her eyes and laugh at me but I just can't help myself. Lying to Amber would have been lying to a family member and I just couldn't do it. How silly am I???

20 comments:

Susie said...

I think Amber is a very smart dog if she does he business on cue like that! Of course she would have known if you left in the car without her. You gave her a nice little joy ride :)

Val said...

Can you hear my eyeballs rolling around in their sockets??

Although to be honest, I don't like to think of our cats eating in the dark after they get put in the laundry, so I leave the light on for them until I know they've finished. Even my sons think that's being ridiculously soft.

meno said...

I would never roll my eyes at you going out of your way to make an animal happy. You are a nice person.

Renee said...

I wouldn't have had the heart to lie to Amber either. I'm glad that Rick gave her a ride.

Although...
right now we are fostering a dog (she just got here today) and I'm ready to shuck her out the door. She's not house broken (even though the owner said she was!) and she's driving my dog nuts! So I put her up for the night...it's late she should go to bed. But she's been whining/howling/barking for the past 1/2 hour. I hope she quits soon.

Lynne said...

Our Teddy sometimes gets it into his head that he wants to go for a ride in the car. He'll stand by the door to the garage and jump all around and whine. Nothing, absolutely nothing, will dissuade him. So I load him and Maggie into the car, drive around the neighborhood for about 5 minutes, then bring them home and he's happy as can be.

Some other mornings, he'll see me put on shoes - a dead giveaway that I'm going somewhere. He'll start his garage door antics until I take him for a short ride. Then I'll be able to leave the house without guilt.

I'm glad you took Amber for a little ride.

Patti said...

That is such a sweet story. I'm glad Amber got her ride.

Rick is one smart guy. ;-)

patches said...

For someone who said she didn't know much about dogs in the previous post, you are a fast study. I wouldn't accuse you of being soft, maybe kind though.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i think that is the sweetest thing i ever read honey! it made me teary eyed...

smiles, bee

only oldest said...

so when are you and Rick getting a dog?? Now I just cracked myself up!!!!

If you ever tell me you are getting a dog...........

Joan said...

Susie: Yes...Amber is a very smart and sometimes manipulative doggy!!!

Val: If I had cats, I sure wouldnt want them eating in the dark either!!!

Meno: Thanks, but to be honest, I think I'd roll my eyes if I read something like this about someone else. :~)

Renee: I just know you'll train that dog in no time!!!

Lynne: Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only softy out there.

Patti: Rick IS one smart guy...and a loving one at that!!!

Patches: Thanks! I learn a little more each time I dog sit for Amber. She's training me well!

Empress bee: Oh thank you!

Only oldest: You just never know...

MyUtopia said...

Awe, great post! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

rosemary said...

Price of gas: $3.04
Number of dogs: 2
Times out to potty that dogs think are times for a ride: 100% of times.
Times dogs go for a ride: once daily.
Number of lies told to dogs: every time but that one time a day.

the moose buyer said...

I swear Joan if you get a dog, I will pass out. It's tough enough for me to grasp that Mom is doing well with Amber but I just cannot imagine you with a dog!! My old cousin mind just cannot picture it no matter how hard I shut my eyes and trying to focus an image of you on the front (or back) lawn throwing a ball to anything with 4 legs. At least save me a heart attack and warn me before if you ever actually consider getting one.

Linda said...

To be honest with you, I think I may have done the same thing as I would feel absolutely horrible lying to poor Amber, especially after she did her business on cue and was expecting a ride.

Good for you for being compassionate and caring! You aren't silly at all!

Michele said...

You aren't silly at all, you have a big heart for all things alive!

Ralph said...

Ah, a real sense of honesty (Amber knows!). We had to spell c-a-r or Boris would insist (and) get a ride...

Mom said...

You are a very nice lady. People who are kind to animals are good people.

Lynn said...

You are such a good aunt! Amber looks 'sad' this morning, I think she misses you;~( In 10 minutes, when I walk Ten to camp, she will be raring to go for a "W".( Ralph if we spell "w-a-l-k" she knows what that means).

Joan said...

Myutopia: Thanks! I had a lovely few days.

Rosemary: Wow...now that you mention the price of gas, I can see your point!!! :~)

The moose buyer: And why exactly can't you see me with a dog???

Linda: Thanks for the support!!!

Michele: I dont know about a big heart but I sure have a soft one!!! :~)

Ralph: Around Amber, we are all keeping our spelling abilities in practice.

Mom: Awwww...thanks so much!!!

Lynn: I dont think Amber misses me for one minute...except for the fact that I let her sleep with me ALL NIGHT!

Michele said...

Joan, I have a special award for you. Because you deserve it! Come to my blog and see it!