Happy pups at summer camp

As I’ve mentioned, our dogs are living it up at “summer camp” with my parents while we are in London.

My dad faithfully sends us tons of photos and videos, which naturally make me very happy. (For example, he sent 13 dog videos in one day over WhatsApp. Thirteen.) I’m not sure how pleased my dear, tidy mother is about having our monsters for a whole summer, but my father, who is as crazy about dogs as I am, is over the  moon about it.

Dogs at summer campLook how happy these goons are!

Dad’s favorite activity is taking the girls and Dublin (the neighbor’s lab, who is Dad’s de facto dog) out on long walks, all tethered together in this crazy system of ropes:

Dogs at summer campHe still uses the girls’ Freedom harnesses, as you can see, but he eschews standard leashes. To each his own. (At least they are not retractable leashes, which I loathe to no end.)

Pyrrha’s happiness has been the big (very welcome) surprise.

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Dad’s caption for this photo: “Bring it on, world; I ain’t afraid of nothin’!”

She, the dog who tends to mistrust men, has reportedly become very attached to Dad. She brings him toys as an invitation to play (what? Pyrrha?), and she even lies down outside his bedroom door in the morning, waiting for him to wake up. Color me stunned and so, so pleased.

Eden is his trusty athletic companion, however. Dad takes her rollerblading around the neighborhood and on morning trail runs and spends plenty of time perfecting her Frisbee skills. He likes to tell me that Eden is just him in dog form: constantly moving and ready to play 24/7. Sounds about right.

Even though I miss them very much, it brings me a lot of joy to know that Pyrrha and Eden are so happy and so well cared for in our absence. I have full confidence that they are loving life at summer camp, and I am not exaggerating when I say that I expect them to be somewhat disappointed when we come take them back to “normal” life with us at the end of the summer! I think they will grieve. I know my dad will…

Does your family ever watch your dogs for you? How does it go?

Hello, my name is dog crazy

Many dog bloggers are sharing their photos today, so I thought I’d join in!

Never seen Game of Thrones, but I take my holiday hair cues from it. #holidayofficepartyselfie
Never seen “Game of Thrones,” but apparently I take my hair cues from it.

Here’s the risky hairstyle I attempted last night for my husband’s office’s holiday party. I’ve really been into studying Scandinavian decor lately, and I think it’s subtly influencing my look…

With Pyrrha at Blue Mountain Brewery
Me with Pyr on the second day we had her! May 18, 2012. She was so terrified…

In my real life, I work full-time as a copy editor for a large financial company. I love my work, and I love the quiet, meditative practice of correcting other people’s grammar (and, probably, the succeeding self-righteousness that affects all editors). I also have my own calligraphy business — Bluestocking Calligraphy — and enjoy that small creative outlet. I hold degrees in English and journalism and really love literature and the business of words.

My husband, Guion, works for a cool, online food market that promotes sustainable food and local farms. He holds an MFA in poetry and is a musician and homebrewer in his spare time. We’ve been married for 3.5 years now, and I think it’s safe to say that we’re deeply in love. He’s been a great advocate and support in my dog craziness, for sure! He was the one who encouraged me to start this blog (mainly because he was sick of me talking nonstop about dogs and thought I could use another outlet) and encouraged us to start fostering. He’s a keeper.

With my MFA
With Guion, graduating from his MFA program, this summer.

And now to answer some questions (middle school-survey style!):

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?

Like Jessica, I can’t just pick one. I graduated with a degree in English and journalism, and reading remains one of my serious hobbies. I am also an incorrigible snob when it comes to books. It’s one of my most distinct characteristics. Here are my favorites that come to mind: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov; Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy; To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf; and Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?

The Royal Tenenbaums (dir. Wes Anderson); There Will Be Blood (dir. PT Anderson); and Tree of Life (dir. Terence Malick). And the adaptation of Little Women with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale, which will always remain close to my heart.

Who’s your favorite actor?

Too many! Right now, I’m enamored with Cate Blanchett and Daniel Day-Lewis. But I’ll watch anything with James Stewart or Katharine Hepburn.

What makes you feel fabulous?

When I have given myself a successful manicure. Or when my natural curls look happy (which isn’t necessarily often).

What do you wish you were more skilled at?

Basic math. I think I’ve been saying this since I was in grade school.

What do you like to do in your free time?

As mentioned above, read! And take Pyrrha on walks, talk with my husband, and practice calligraphy.

If your pet could talk, what one word would SHE use to describe you?

MINE. (Or something weirdly possessive/obsessive.)

How is your pet most like you?

We both have anxious personalities; we don’t like it when our routines are disrupted; and we’re generally mistrustful of strangers.

What drives you nuts about your pet?

On all accounts, Pyrrha is a very good girl, and this is less something that drives me “nuts” and is more something that makes me sad — she still doesn’t trust my husband or really want to be around him. Their relationship improves by shades and degrees, but it always seems to be very slow work.

What melts your heart?

Accordingly, when Pyrrha and Guion are interacting and enjoying each other’s company (particularly when Pyrrha approaches HIM for attention or affection, which is rare, but happening more and more these days). Also, interspecies friends!

If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?

I’ll always be a dog person, and I still dream of having another dog, but I think I’d get goats and rabbits. I grew up with a wonderful little lop-eared rabbit, and I remain big fan of bunnies to this day.

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