I grew up in a house with cats. There was always at least one feline around to put up with us little girls. Despite having an allergy that has worsened over the years, cats still hold a very special place in my heart and in my childhood memories. What other pet can ignore you completely but still love you so much?
Our new neighborhood has lots of dogs. All but three of the homes have a dog. Mornings and evenings are dog social events with sniffing, marking, and territorial skirmishes a daily occurrence. The largest of all the dogs may weigh 12 pounds so it is also incredibly funny to observe. This gives the owners that same opportunity for gossip, socialize, and a scant amount of exercise.
Twice since we moved in, we have taken care of a friend’s dog. The first time we offered our home for pet sitting, we watched an adorable 11 year old Havanese named Maddie. It was a great afternoon full of multiple naps, a very slow walk, and some catch with toys. No one broke a sweat. Easy, we thought. We were having so much fun with our short term companion that we rarely even checked our websites or emails. Beading was not even a thought in my mind (well at least not at the forefront).
So last week when a good friend asked us to watch their 3 year old Pekingese, Gabby, we said “No Problem!”
In prep for the sleepover, both my husband and I cleaned up our respective work areas. I worried about little beads being tempting as toys so I got down on my hands and knees and got up every stray bead and finding I could locate.
24 hours later I have learned many lessons about having a canine assistant:
Lesson No. 1: When a dog starts sniffing a bag of closed beads on a low shelf, make sure the bag is actually closed.
Lesson No. 2: When said dog keeps coming back to sniff the same closed bag of beads, find out why. Apparently the beads Gabby kept sniffing were made of Bone.
Lesson No. 3: Do not take the bone beads out of the bag so the dog can sniff them closer. The dog will lick the beads.
Lesson No. 4: When working on the floor, because that is your only spare room to measure the final length of a necklace, do so by getting on your knees or sitting right on your bottom. Squatting invites face licking and falling on your butt.
Lesson No. 5: When measuring a necklace on the floor with your vintage tape measure, the snicking sound of the retracting fabric ruler will invite a bark or two or three.
Lesson No. 6: When the dog is not in the same room with you, the sound of beads and findings clicking together sound foreign to a dog not from a “Beader’s Home”. This can scare the dog or at the very least bring the them running very fast.
Lesson No. 7: Even if the dog is in the same room with you, the sound of beads and findings clicking together even after several hours of clicking will invite a bark or two. Thankfully, by the end of the night, growls were all the warning the beads received. Thankfully the beads stayed in line.
Lesson No. 8: Whether it is your husband or the dog, when either come in the room with those puppy dog eyes, put the beads down and give them some love.