The Goof Troop

My folks are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary (more on that later) in the Bahamas, so now I'm hosting a week and a half long puppy summer camp for their two dogs. Long walks in the park, ice cream runs, cat chasing, guest appearances at Saipua.


My mom's poodle Muffy is painfully cute. She is teeny-tiny and a tad mentally ill. It's taken 5 years for me to be able to pick her up without her peeing in terror. She was a rescue and came from a neglectful and abusive home, so she has a pretty good excuse. But somehow, the crazy only adds to her cuteness. I find myself baby talking to this dog for hours.



Chewpee is my dad's 14 year old beagle. Ladies love him because he's so handsome and sensitive, just like my dad. He's been sporting my favorite bandana since he arrived. He loves going for walks in Brooklyn, the smells are like triple intense compared to the woods back home.


Those of you who know me well know that I once had a dog of my own. He was my first "sole ownership" dog, my best friend and little buddy. He died two years ago and all I have to do is think about it for 5 minutes and guaranteed a few tears will be shed. I've been resolutely holding off on getting another dog since then. I'm so busy, I'm so poor, blah blah blah..... but I can feel my resolve cracking. Meee waant doggie. GIMMEEE DOGGIEE NOW.

32 comments:

  1. I am so with you. My family dog (the only one at that) died at the age of 11 two years ago. She practically was there half my life. I miss her terribly.

    At the moment I am painfully obviously dropping hints to my boyfriend for him to get one (I want a doggieeee sounds familiar), as I don't know where I'll be next year, and he lives here, and it wouldn't be a big deal, and I would babysit, and, and...

    Babysitting his mom's dogs at the moment and worried they think I'm mental, in between cooing to them too :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. They are both ridiculously adorable!!!
    My ex had the same kind of dog as Muffy and also got it from a rescue shelter from an abused home. She died this past year because she was also mentally ill as well as had cancer in her mouth. I hope it's not a genetic thing within the breed.
    Congrats to your parents!! x

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dogs are just so sweet. Its hard not to feel protective of the poor poodle. Ashley and I have been thinking about getting a dog for years but keep coming up with the same reasons as you do. But someday!

    ReplyDelete
  4. My dog died in 2006 and I still miss him. I've had him ever since 1995, where we got him still a baby.

    I'm so dying to get a dog of my own right now, but I know I just can't do that. I hardly spend any time in my place. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to snuggle with every pet I meet on my way. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. congratulations to momma and poppa merrick!!! and you will have a wonderful puppy in your future, no doubt about it!

    p.s i love this title! poppa branch always calls lisa, amy, mom, and i the goof troop when he is trying to rally us out the door!

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh these pups are so cute! i can see why you would want one of your own. my friend rescued a bunny and now all i can think of is getting my own...funny how that works :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  8. the quote "a tad mentally ill" and the first shot literally had me in tears! the tongue!

    Our 17 year old dachshund, Petals, has been been plagued with the same plight...only now she's blind and deaf and I believe stuggling with dementia. I still love looking into her sweet cross-eyes though.

    ReplyDelete
  9. oh they're lovely. we shared life with a beagle [who technically lived next door] when i was a kid in Vermont
    my ancient Border Collie is snoozing by my feet as i wander with the interpixies. can't imagine life without a dog.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh num-nums! They're adorable. I didn't have a dog growing up but since my own pup Henry arrived three years ago I can't imagine life without him.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I LOVE that first picture, with Special Guest Muffy looking oh so important! Adorable.
    I want a dog too...our family Newfy/Black Lab had to be put down around Christmas 2008. She was 12, we'd had her since I was 8, and she was a precious loyal companion. I miss her. I totally sympathize, I can't think about her too long or I tear up. Those dogs, they just mosey their way into your heart, don't they?

    ReplyDelete
  12. True love at first site. Melts your resolve doesn't it?

    ReplyDelete
  13. As a pet owner (cats, snake, guinea pig, rabbit, dogs...) since I was 5 years old, I can absolutely advise regarding the wisdom of getting another cat/dog when a dear fluffy friend dies. It really, really does help. It's not a substitution, it's a new, fresh take on life, and having a wee kitten or puppy to take care of brings joy like nothing else. As long as you have the room, the schedule, and the dedication to take care of an animal properly, of course.

    Make sure to post pics of your new pup!

    8-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Whoa, that dog is something else. I would pick her up too even if I knew she would pee on me.

    ReplyDelete
  15. "Chewpee" sounds like a name with a story behind it! haha

    ReplyDelete
  16. Dear Muffy. Despite the fact that you're terrified of me, and also the unbearable distance, let's be friends nonetheless because just looking at your itty bitty face makes me smile. Chewpee, I like you too.

    ReplyDelete
  17. even though i've set this photo as my desktop image i keep coming back here. MUFFY DON'T GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. haha oh my so cute and curly! x

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm doing baby-puppy talk to my computer screen so I can only imagine how adorable she is in real life!

    ReplyDelete
  20. oh, i understand how difficult it is to lose a pet. one of my parents dogs (who i grew up with) just passed a couple months ago, and it still brings tears to my eyes.

    my bf & i just rescued a second dog, this one from the pound. as far as we know, we are her third owners & she is only 5 months old. she's SO sweet too. as difficult as it will be with 2 dogs, we are so thankful to have such loving companions in our lives :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Gosh, 30 years! What anniversary gift is that? Silver, gold, ruby? Hmmm... no, I think it's the "adopt a puppy in celebration of your folks" anniversary. Yup. Sounds about right.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I "dumped" in here:-)& are sooo bad in english writing,..(sorry..)
    Nice blog you have... Beutiful dogs!! Understand that you miss having one after you lost you friend... We have 5 dogs in the house!!...and we looove it:-)
    If youre mother likes it she can give 3 drops of the flower remedy Rescue Remedy(dr.Bach..)and 3 drops og White Yarrow(flower remedy.I don`t know who makes that one because I make it myself)in Muffy`s drinkingwater or behind the ears.. That will helps here a lot:-)
    Have å nice day...Randi

    ReplyDelete
  23. those dogs are adorable! i love poodles!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Ah man, it's so hard when you're an animal person and you don't have an animal to come home to! But I understand. When my cat died about two years ago I thought it was the end of the world, I just couldn't cope, you know? But I missed that presence. So I had to get someone else. I looked for a new cat that had a different spirit, but still fit perfectly with me. I was lucky to find one! It is hard though, at first.

    x
    Jess.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I can barely look at the *picture* without baby-talking to that adorable doggie. :)

    http://abookofblair.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  26. theyre adorable! i wrote about some tips about getting a new pet a while ago :) you should check it out: http://www.ifyouneverdid.com/2010/01/get-new-pet.html

    ReplyDelete
  27. well i know how hard it is when one of your pets die.iv had many die on me. im an animal lover and have had many pets.they grow old and die. iv had ones i grew up with die. my dogs pebbles and king i had had from the age of three till i was fourteen and they died the same year king of a stroke pebbles of a massive heart attack king lingered a while unable to move and pebbles died instantly.i had a cat named kik i had since i was 10 she died 5 years ago and im almost 25 so id say i was 19 almost 20 i have violet her daughter she was born here same year we got kik violet was born.her brothers we gave all to a preist who wanted cats to kill mice he had on his farm.violet is a good old girl shell be 15 soon the same age as my eldist neice.shes helathy for her age but i do wonder how much longer we will have her.iv lost hampsters over the years to and iv lost fish.i had two hampsters when i was little baby and bubu. baby was always escaping and well she got out of her cage and ate some rat poison and died.bubu was gotten after baby died. he lasted a good five years then he got tumors and they kept getting bigger. vet said he had cancer so we put him down we couldnt let him suffer.but i love animals will always have a dog or cat.mom and dad have a dog named queenie shes a weener dog and we got violet our black cat. i live with mom and dad so there mine till i end up moveing whenever i do.but there good animals i love them.when i do move someday im getting me a small dog.one i can pick up and carry places.one who i can try to litter box train.thats only if i get it when its a young dog.im gonna go to a shelter and look for a dog when i do that cuse those animals need homes.i wouldnt buy from a breeder or a pet shop cuse i dont like that stuff. ok i like one breeder .she barley breeds her dogs and she looks for good homes for them but if she cant find one she keeps them.she usualy only breeds some of her dogs whenever there are potential buyers. she has the others who are all related fixed.but she has like 8 dogs and she takes good care of them.shes the type of breeder id buy a dog from.i hope you find the dog you want

    ReplyDelete
  28. i can't top that last comment but boy those doggies of your parents sure are cuties!

    ReplyDelete
  29. awe they are precious!! i love that white ones curly, fluffy hair :) pets are so quirky and fun, you just have to love them!

    ReplyDelete