Sunday, February 20, 2011
If we only had a Lab.
We spent last summer going back and forth to the mountains.
It was a summer filled with envy.
I hate this about myself. But I have it. Envy. Sort of like: Keeping up with the Joneses syndrome.
We bought a little trailer (do not insert the word “trash” here) in the mountains. You know, to get away from the Palm Springs heat. (Which I always told people I didn’t mind the summers here. The truth is? Summer sucks.)
Okay, EVERYONE has a boat. Well, we can’t really manage the cost of a boat. (Bitterness Alert.) So we bought a couple of used kayaks.
You know, so we could kayak out into the lake and look at all the multi-million dollar houses that we will never live in. (More Bitterness.)
I have no car bitterness however, cuz I have one of those family vans with the auto sliding doors. That totally rocks. But I digress . . .
And we can take our dogs with us. And we have two great dogs. Both rescues. One old, one young. Great dogs. No really…
But EVERYONE in the mountains, you know the people with the boats and the docks and the big fancy lake houses – they all have Labrador Retrievers. Or Goldens. They all have these cute, big, goofy dogs that swim in the lake and ride in the boats and fetch sticks from the shore.
Now we aren’t getting a boat, or moving up from our trailer (didn’t I mention you are not even to think the word “trash” here!). But dammit, we can get another dog.
So I spent the entire summer on every flipping dog rescue site in California. And the Western United States. Trying to find a water dog for my family.
(I think discussing the 6 page applications I filled out for all the different rescue sites is a separate blog I’ll save for later. A teeny weinie bit of bitterness here.)
Cuz I am just sure, if we had a third dog, our lives would be perfect.
My kids would be angels all the time, our business would flow like delicious maple syrup (okay, I’m hungry right now), the plumbing issues in our house would dry up like something in the Sahara. (Hey, I live in Palm Springs, that can’t be too much to ask.)
I would be thinner and more flexible, my younger daughter would calm down (that is code for TALK LESS), my girls would get straight A’s just for being themselves, homework would get done easily and there would never be a pair of stray shoes left anywhere.
I would never be tired and irritable and yell at my kids.
Our staff would run into work every day and beg to work extra hours for no pay, AND they would tell us how fabulous we are.
Our clients would pay their bills the second they received them, and never complain about anything.
Why, if we just had a Labrador Retriever, we would have more joy in our lives every day. I just know it.
Cuz this Lab? She will be able to pick up her own poop, right?
We got her, our beautiful Lab puppy. A lovely little rescue girl.
It happened so fast. My vet saw an ad on Craigslist. She ran over that day. The dog was fabulous, so she snatched her up. We then all piled in the car (by “all” I am including my two daughters and TWO dogs), drove to the Rose Bowl to do the handoff under the dark cover of night. (Very drug-deal-like. Not that I would know. But I have watched a lot of drug deals on TV. )
Of course, we didn’t think about the fact that this was two days before the Rose Parade. It was a little, uh, crowded in the parking area. (Not the wide open spaces that had seemed like such a good idea two hours earlier.) But there she was! Our little water dog, already wanting to run after sticks!
Now our lives will be complete. The envy is over. We will never need anything ever again. Well, except for the fact that it turns out? She doesn’t pick up her own poop. KIDS???