Friday, April 21, 2017
My first Easter was full of surprises. Instinct tells me that bunnies are for chasing! But, apparently, one was loose in our house, and left me a basket filled with toys and treats. Strange, but true!
I celebrated my 4 month birthday on Easter Sunday. Now that I weigh 32.5 pounds and have grown much taller, I can explore with my hind legs on the floor and my front legs on tables, sinks, counter tops, chairs and stoves. The better to see the source of those delicious smells. Instinct tells me "Search!" Mommy tells me "No!" Mommy also keeps telling me I'm going to boot camp after Easter for behavior issues. Camping! What fun that must be!
We had lots of guests for Easter dinner. My nephew, Frank, a Siberian Husky, tried to eat me! I must admit I did quite a few things to antagonize him. He didn't seem to appreciate my constant barking at him or chasing him when he wanted to rest or trying to steal toys out of his mouth. One thing he did not tolerate was my play biting. He put a stop to this by biting me around my neck hard enough to make me cry out, "Uncle!" The second time he did this, I cried out, "Alpha!" No more play biting for me. Mommy and Daddy are threatening to try Frank's technique. They don't seem to appreciate my play biting either.
As you can see in my picture, I'm dressed (not by choice) in my Easter outfit. I'm told that my sister, Jessica, made this neckerchief/scarf for my brother, Wolfgang. I'm also told that Boy Scouts, cowboys and sailors also wear them as part of their uniforms. Since Wikipedia said nothing about a dress code for German Shepherds, I'd rather be more casual. I hope sister dearest did not make many more of these neckties. Rugged men like me find them annoying. And by the way, why isn't my neckerchief fastened with a woggle? Safety first!
Do you want to know how I spend a big part of my day amusing myself? Great, I'll tell you. First, I hold a soft toy like Patches, my Teddy Bear, in my mouth. Then I kick a tennis ball all around the kitchen. I'm neither right pawed nor left pawed, since I kick equally well with all four paws. Now if I can just stop crashing into stationary objects as I try to score goals. Mommy thinks soccer players like me should wear helmets.
Well, time to pack my boot camp gear. I don't know what behavior issues the parents are talking about. I'm getting a wee bit nervous. Boot Camp is going to be fun, right? If time and drill sergeants allow, I'll write to you from camp. In the meantime, please write comments to Mommy. She's my good girl!
Sandra Warholic Seeley is the creator and author of Kanela's Korner and The Sandra Seeley Column. She is a lifelong educator who has taught in Hawaii, where Kanela was born; Bethel Park, where her 3 children were born and in the inner city schools of Pittsburgh Public where her passion for the underprivileged began. Kanela's Korner is often 95% fiction and 5% fact, leaving the reader to do the math. Her motto is: Funny or not, here I come!
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