Friday, August 28, 2009

Proud Parent

I'm taking this opportunity, like many others, to brag on how incredibly smart my child is. Unlike many others, however, my child is a 2 year old Yorkie named Hank.

First, a little background information- we adopted Hank when he was a 12 week old furball. We planned on crating him at night, and we knew he would cry for his momma at first, but we did not except just how powerful those cries would be! After a sleepless first night- for all of us- we came up with the idea to put his crate on the landing of our garage stairs so his crying would be muffled. It worked! Eventually, when it started getting colder, we decided to bring his crate inside. He was not happy about that move and he started crying again at night. I had an idea that maybe he liked the pitch dark of the garage and didn't like to have any light like what he was getting in the house so we put a dark blue blanket over his crate. It worked and the rest is history. He sleeps every night in his crate with his blanket over him. Even on the weekends, he will sleep in as late as we do as long as he has his blanket.

So now to the part about how smart he is :) Usually, we let Hank lay in bed with us for about 30 minutes each night before we put him up. Some nights, like weekends, we'll let him stay for as long as he wants. I say as long as he wants because he will come tell you when he is ready for bed. A few examples:

Drew got the idea that if we just left our door open a little bit, that Hank would put himself to bed when he was ready. So we tried it, and we thought it was going to work because when Hank got tired, he came up to our heads and snuggled for a little while, then he jumped down and went to his room. But a few minutes later, there he was with his little head poking up over the side of our bed (he doesn't jump up on it). So I picked him up, and a minute later we went through the whole scenario again. Finally, after the third time I had put him back on the bed and he had jumped down again, I realized the problem. He kept going to his crate every time, but he wanted his door shut and his blanket pulled down like normal. As soon as I did that for him, he went right to sleep.

Another night, Drew and I had been out for most of the evening, and Hank had been in his crate the whole time. So we were going to let him stay up for a while, even if we fell asleep. We laid down about 3am and Hank laid with us. About 4am, I felt a wet little nose sniffing my ear. When I tried to ignore it, he gave a light little lick on my ear. When I still tried to ignore it, he climbed up on my chest and started licking all over my face. I sat up and he jumped down and ran to the door. He was telling me he was ready for bed.

So not only is he probably the cutest dog ever, but he is definately one of the smartest! :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


A List of Funny Thoughts and Questions:

1. Why do banks charge a fee for insufficient funds when they know I don't have any money?
2. Why is it people say they "slept like a baby" when a baby wakes up every two hours?
3. How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of murdered?
4. If you have sex with a prostitute against her will, is it rape or shoplifting?
5. Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
6. Why do doctors leave the room while you take off your clothes? Aren't they going to see you naked anyway?
7. If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about it?
8. If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
9. If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to order all that stuff from Acme, why doesn't he just buy dinner?
10. Why does a dog get aggravated when you blow in his face, but then put his head out the window of a moving car?
11. Why do people believe there are 4 billion stars but have to check if the paint is really wet?
12. Why is it that no matter what the color of bubble bath is, the bubbles are always white?
13. Is there ever a day when mattresses aren't on sale?
14. Why do people keep running over a string on the carpet with a vacuum, pick it up, examine it, then put it back on the floor to give the vacuum one last chance?
*I so do that!*
15. Why do we try to keep the house as warm in the winter as it was in the summer when we complained about the heat?

Just some silly little things. Hoped they brightened your day!