May 24, 2007
Our life has been singly focused since Alex the dog showed up on Monday morning. He's been all we can think about, and we think that we have very mixed feelings. He's a good dog--already house broken, knows how to sit, walks well on a leash, yada, yada, yada--but I still wish he had never showed up.
I miss the days of forgetting I had a dog, because Gracie is just so darn low maintenance. She can hold it for like 22 hours, is awake for about 15 minutes a day and barks twice annually. Alex, on the other hand, has spunk and charisma...he knows how to wag his tail. Gracie would hurl herself off the edge of the Grand Canyon to chase the path of a poisonous, airborn kibble. Alex is smart and unquestionably loyal...and seriously, who wants that in a dog? (that was sarcastic)
I'm sure you can sense my Alex-struggle as I write. If you were to snoop in on our personal converstaions, you would sense it even more. Here is a sampling from last night:
Amy: I want this dog gone. I wish he had never followed us home that day. Stupid dog.
Jared: I don't know, Amy...I think he'd make a good running partner for you.
Amy: Really? You think? He could probably carry my water and cell phone for me on long runs. The doggie backpack that I picked out has room for both.
After American Idol
Jared: Ok, there's too many bodies in the apartment...he's got to go.
Amy: Well good, because I found someone who wants to meet him. He's going to call after 5.
Jared: Oh? Oh. Well I'm not handing him over if this guy's a sketchball....no way. It's got to be a good home. Like a really good home.
Amy: I totally agree.
Jared: And besides, this dog hasn't been camping yet. I think he wants to go camping.
Amy: Yeah, so a bunch of people think that Alex picked me. Like he came for a reason. Cassie even said that he's like an angel and I should embrace this blessing in my life.
Amy: I know....c'mon. A little over the top for my taste.
Jared: I think that God might have sent him for a reason. Maybe something is going to happen to you and Alex will be there to protect you from harm. Maybe the dog is going to pull James out of a raging river in a few years. I agree. He's been sent here to protect this family.
Amy: Good night.
Jared: Don't forget to thank God for watching out for us when you say your prayers tonight.
Amy: Good night.
Anyway, some guy named JR wants to meet Alex tonight. Apparently JR recently lost his catahoula, so they could be a great match for each other--a perfect match actually. The personality profile, background check, non-stress test, credit check, bloodwork, and written driving test that we do on JR should help us determine that.
I hope it all works out, and JR takes him. I want this dog out of my life and gone...just as soon as I finish massaging his paws with this soothing, scented aloe lotion.