“Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine?”

Today is sunny and really humid but much cooler than it has been. My windows and doors are open to the world. Gracie loves the freedom of going in and out on her own. I met my friend for breakfast though it was a mad dash to get there. I woke up at 8:45 and 9:00 is our usual meeting time. I multi-tasked: brushed my teeth while I was getting dressed and let the dog out while I was trying to find my sandals. I left my glasses home in the rush, but the spare pair was just fine. I made it in 17 minutes. To some people on the route I was a red flash they weren’t sure they saw.

When I was born, it was around 2 in the morning. My father was the only person in the waiting room. The nurse asked for Mr. Ryan as if it there was standing room only with crowds of men pacing the room. He saw me right away, minutes after I had been born, then rushed to my grandparents’ home to give everyone the news. The Duchess of Cambridge is in labor. Media trucks, cameras and reporters are outside the hospital waiting for the birth of the next heir to the throne. Tradition dictates that the news of the birth will come from an easel erected at Buckingham Palace. I didn’t have photographers or crowds waiting for my birth, but I had my Dad who rushed to make the announcement: the first grandchild had been born.

Today is dump day, finally. Gracie, of course, is coming. She loves our dump trips. She hangs her head out the window and takes in all the aromas. I never can smell anything. It’s definitely a dog thing.

Around 3:30 this morning, I heard Gracie’s bells. They were so loud I knew she was swinging them back and forth on the doorknob: her frantic attempt to wake me up. I came downstairs and let her out. She ran to the back and started to eat grass so I knew she had an upset stomach. I stayed on the deck. It was lovely and cool so I sat for a while. No lights were on in any house, and Gracie stayed in the way back so she didn’t trigger the dog lights. After a time, I came back inside. Gracie didn’t, and I started to get worried so I put on flip-flops, grabbed my flashlight and went looking. I found her right away still munching on grass. I called her inside and gave her several spider plant fronds. She chewed every one of them then got on the couch and started to fall asleep. It was around 4:30 by then so I went upstairs to bed, and she eventually followed and fell asleep. This morning she is fine. I’m really tired.

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24 Comments on ““Did you know that there are over three hundred words for love in canine?””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Kat late for breakfast 🙂

    Wonderful weather here again 🙂 It has been much the same for over two weeks now and it will stay much the same they say for a week or more. This is the best summer weather I’ve had on my vacation for years and years 🙂 It isn’t an official draught period here yet but many counties around is so dry it’s forbidden to have any kind of fire, including grills.

    Al my dogs have every second day stomachs, bad one day but good the next. I guess drinking in ditches and eating god knows what does that to a stomach 🙂 No panic in the morning or night though, thankfully 🙂

    I didn’t buy ther Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy as I thought I did 🙂 It’s a continuing written by a man called Eoin Colfer and it’s called “And another thing” in English but here they have named it The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and another thing and I missed that it was a kind of continuing by another author.

    It’s a rather good book and it’s so long since I read the real one that I can’t remember if the styke of the writing is much different 🙂 Now I must buy the real one and this time I’ll read the text very carefully 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It’s true-I drove that fast. Breakfast is even one town away from mine!!

      In the 70’s here today, but I do find it a bit humid. I didn’t need air to sleep last night, and that was the first time in a long while.

      Gracie and her grass seem to work well together. I found throw up on the floor before I went back to bed, but it could have been one of the cats as they do it all the time. I cleaned it up and went to bed. Such are the trials of pet owners.

      I haven’t ever heard of the one you’re reading now. I’ll have to check it out.

      Enjoy your evening. We are going to the dump now!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Boy you were flying low! 🙂 Must have been no traffic at all.

    The jeep returned on Friday afternoon after 37 days in the shop. This morning I had to go back to the shop because one of the roof clamps was loose and I wasn’t able to latch it.
    I noticed it Saturday and have been wrestling with it off and on during the week end. It looked like the roof wasn’t aligned correctly. My neighbor tried a few times as well. No luck.
    The mechanic came out, looked at it and snapped the thing down just like that. My jaw dropped. I hate when those things happen.

    Rocky and Lilly from next door are always eating grass. When they are out in the yard they look like two tiny cows grazing away.
    Rocky rarely vomits so I don’t know why he eats grass.

    I haven’t seen a birth announcement yet. It should be a girl that looks like William. My mother would say that was a sign of Twoo Wuv. 😀

    It’s humid and cool with a gentle breeze. Lovely.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I hit every light, and it was early enough for that light traffic you mentioned.

      I always feel a bit foolish when stuff like that happen, but keep in mind the guy is a jeep expert so he knows all the weird twists and turns; also, your neighbor could’t do it either.

      Gracie doesn’t usually vomit (the cats are infamous for it), but this morning it was bile just after she was grazing. She does it when her stomach is upset.

      I’m watching all the comments about the new male heir to the throne. I think a girl would have been great as she would have been a future queen. Now we have three kings waiting in line for the Queen to go to her heavenly reward.

      Humid here too, and when I go outside, there is a breeze. I’m going to the deck for a bit right now.

      Have a wonderful rest of the day!

      • hedley Says:

        I don’t think it would be unreasonable to point out that The Prince is residing in Oakland Township, Michigan and is much loved by his people. He is second in line to the throne and his birth will be celebrated with traditional pageantry on August 24th as he turns 7.

        There was much celebrating throughout the land when he came in to our lives and every day with him has been a joy. His Pumpa is in no rush to go to his heavenly reward.

      • katry Says:

        I know our Prince and his love for pancakes and his Pumpa. He is royalty of that I have no doubt.

        May he live a long life with his Pumpa at his side!!

      • hedley Says:

        You are so right, he loves a good pancake.

      • katry Says:

        And his Pumpa is only too happy to oblige!!

  3. Ilka Normile Says:

    Lots of canine excitement here in the west last night too. Maybe it’s the moon and the warm night. Whatever it was, it repeatedly inspired a pair of amorous(?) opossums down the block. Their weird screeching in turn got all the neighborhood dogs barking. This happened about four times between midnight and dawn. Finally everyone settled down for a bit of well earned rest.
    Give miss Gracie a good scratch under the chin for me and a paws up from our boy, LeRoi the pit bull.

    • katry Says:

      Your opossums were far noisier than my squirrels who were looking for an amorous adventure last week. Today there were two more, but they were red, not gray, squirrels. They went round and round on the biggest tree trunk in the yard. She then leapt on a few branches followed closely by her paramour. Finally she jumped to another tree, and I lost them. I don’t know why my yard is the chosen spot for their trysts.

      I can only imagine how awful the screeching must have been. I suspect Gracie would have been at the dog door trying to get out. She does, after all, have experiences with opossums.

      Gracie sends a paws up right back to LeRoi.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Congratulations to Great Britain. Hopefully everything went well. Time for his great-grandma to retire 😉 My father was very disappointed when I was born, because I was “merely a girl”. Without question it was my mothers fault. What a nice welcome after an 48 h birth. Fortunately times chance, even in royal families.
    Sunny 91 F today. Hot, but still bearable.

    • katry Says:

      I agree it is time for his great-grandmother to retire. Three kings in waiting seem far too many.

      My father wanted a boy but got me, but he was perfectly happy about it according to my mother. His boy came second. He even chose my name.

      70’s today, but it is getting really uncomfortably humid.

  5. Bob Says:

    Like William I was in the delivery room with my wife for the birth of both of my kids. I even have video. My wife requested that I stay behind her shoulder during the actual delivery. She worked in Labor and Delivery and told me that some father’s have the video camera so close to their wive’s crotch as the kid’s head is crowning that the Doctor has to scoot them away to catch the kid before it hits the floor. I wonder if there is a video of Kate’s delivery? If there is one I am sure that the rabid tabloid press in the UK will have a copy before the Queen gets a private viewing.

    My father like yours sat patiently in the hospital waiting room outside Labor and Delivery for the good news. Back then they gave knocked out the mothers during the delivery. Somehow back then they thought that a father’s presence would somehow harm the kid. My wife told me that since I was present at the conception, she expected me to be present for the birth. We didn’t video the conception 🙂

    When any of my dogs go out and eat grass for an upset stomach they come inside and puke up to make themselves feel better. I have never been able to teach them to both find and regurgitate outside.

  6. Hi Kat,

    That Shirelles tune is one of my favourites!

    Here I am:


    If I’m not driving you crazy, a link would be much appreciated.


    • katry Says:

      I have become quite proficient at adding links, and I’ve already added yours!

      That first song sounds so darn familiar to me, and I know I haven’t ever heard it before. It has piece of some other song.

    • Birgit Says:

      Marie, one more listener, your blog looks interesting and I bookmarked your link 🙂 I’ve listened to the first song (didn’t recognize it) and the Delcos. I love vocal groups. More songs another day, it’s bedtime now for me.

      • Thanks, Birgit!

        (You must be a fellow night owl – I’m guessing it’s about 1:30 a.m. your time!) Hope you don’t have to get up too early tomorrow.


    • im6 Says:

      And Marie’s the name of my latest flame! How did I miss that you’d gotten your blog up and going? I’ll be back daily ’cause I really enjoy it. Sorry if I went a little crazy commenting. Plus, I have to finishing looking at those “older posts.” Good job!

  7. Kat,

    Maybe it’s so familiar because you’ve heard the Dionne Warwick or Dusty Springfield versions.

    Thanks for the link! 😉

    I’m glad you’re having fun!


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