The Loves of My Life

The Loves of My Life

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Baby on a Leash


My daughter loves dogs. Ever since she  could talk she has been asking for us to get her a dog.

Every time we say...maybe someday. It will take a long time for my dog hating husband to be talked into such a purchase...but we don't tell her that.  Actually I shouldn't be too hard on my husband because hate is a strong word. He just really dislikes everything that comes along with a dog...the smell and the dirty fur and the slobber that makes him want to wash his hands. He does like some dogs....as long as they aren't his. So until our kids can care for a dog, we won't be getting one.

So my sweet little girl had a play date with a friend yesterday. We arrived at their home to find that they added a new addition to their a family......an adorable dog. I knew immediately this could be bad news for me. Riley spent the whole time at their house in the backyard playing with the dog, putting her leash on and running around the pool and feeding her treats. But her smiles quickly turned to sadness when it was time to leave. 

She came into the house  and cuddled up to me with a frown on her house. I inquired what was wrong and the following conversation ensued:

"Mommy, why can't we get a dog?"
"Honey.....we'll get a dog someday."
"But why can't we get a dog now?"
"Because you'll be getting something better in just a few weeks."
Riley gives me the sad face.
"what's that?"
"You'll be getting a baby brother"
"But Mommy, you can't walk a baby!"
I smile trying to get her to smile....., "Sure you can honey, we can just put him in a stroller and push him along on a walk."

By now..It thought for sure a smile would break across her face.

But no......her reply was this,

"But Mommy, you can't walk a baby with a leash!!!"

huh, nope, I guess you can't.
Dog-1
Baby-0


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, You CAN walk a baby on a leash!!! I have one for my son, and he hates it and digs his heels into the ground every time i put it on him....JUST LIKE A REAL DOG!! Seriously, they are in the baby section at Target, and they look like a monkey on your back with the tail as the leash! Riley will be thrilled! -Kellianne :)

Dionne Sincire said...

ha, ha! too funny. you can never underestimate the subtle appeal of a leash. :)

Diane Davis said...

what a wonderful and quick mind!

paul thomas said...

I admire dogs from a distance, or up close...as long as they are not touching me.

I readily admit it's a character defect for which I probably need therapy.

Or a leash.

Anonymous said...

aww pablo whatch ya gonna do when your house/louie/foxy sitting? louie likes to play ball! sweet pix of my little princess and my angelic puppy

Jeff & Jenn Kliewer said...

Jen, Riley looks just so cute with the dog. Can you put skates on a stuffed animal dog and get a leash? Just a thought :>.
And I can totally relate to Paul, no therapy needed in my opinion!

Heidi said...

You can't?!

Crap.

I guess a visit from Child Protective Services is in our future?

Erin's Blog said...

Riley is the cutest!!! And I didn't know that about Paul. My sentiments exactly! Fur, slobber, other stuff--ew, ew, ew!!