Sometime not long after Bella joined our family, it became obvious to me that wherever I went in the house, the dogs would follow. Lucy could not go without Bella and vice-versa. They always travel behind me as a pair because if they don’t, there is the ever-present fear of missing out on a treat, a belly rub or some other sort of privilege.
Not that it was even remotely necessary, but I found myself encouraging them to follow when I would go, using that sing-song, babying voice that so many of us animal lovers tend to use with our pets. On my way to bed one night, I called out behind me, “Come on Girly Pies!”
Mark tried to stifle a laugh. “Girly Pies? Really?”
“Shut up,” I said. (With love, of course!)
And of course, they came, because I was using the voice. For all they cared, I could have said, “Come on, Ketchup and Mustard!” They still would have come. But Girly Pies stuck.
I spent last night Lucy-proofing the house. There is so much that is off-limits to her while she heals from her surgery. No stairs. No jumping on furniture. No running. There are gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. There is what I refer to as a kiddie-corral that divides the bedroom to prevent Lucy from gaining access to the bed. And of course, there is the inflatable bed set-up in my room so that one of us can comfort Lucy during the nights when she has to sleep on the floor, which she clearly considers a major hardship.
Last night at bedtime, I called to the Girly Pies to come along. I got comfortable on the inflatable bed. And so did Bella. And so did Lucy. It is only a twin-sized mattress. And sometime in the middle of the night, I realized that I wasn’t comfortable at all, but the dogs sure seemed to be sleeping soundly. So I extracted myself from the dog pile and stepped over the barrier to my bed. I crawled under the covers as quietly as possible and waited for the whining to begin. But none came.
It was perfect! Lucy isn’t opposed to not sleeping on my bed. She’s opposed to not sleeping on a bed. She had a comfy mattress that didn’t require any jumping in order to get on it. And she had her pal, Bella to keep her company.
Everyone was feeling pretty good this morning. And aside from tiring out much more often than normal, Lucy seems to be doing extremely well.
Bella, as you can see, continues to be highly attentive.