Retirement and Dogs, Part 21

My handsome grandsons Nick, Xavier and Alex


I am staying a week at my sister’s, which means K is in charge of GG and Mason. Our children, is how I refer to them. I’ll say something like “Bring the kids a snack”. I know a lot of people, who think it’s crazy to refer to animals as kids, but when you sit down and think about it, aren’t they? Let’s look at a few scenarios to prove my way of thinking. I want to say a few things before we continue, one is that I am not saying kids are animals, or anything of that sort. What I’m saying is, when I look at the behavior, attitude and personality of my dogs, GG and Mason, and compare it to my grandsons; Xavier, Nicholas and Alexander, there is a correlation in these attributes between the two. A few blogs back, I mentioned that I saw the same mess of toys on the floor from my grandsons, and GG and Mason. When my grandsons visit, I have to constantly tell them to pick up their toys. GG and Mason, although I do tell them to pick up their toys, its only a few times, as they actually will do it. Is it because they don’t understand, or is it because they have not been trained to understand that command? We tell our kids to speak when adults talk to them, again, however when I speak to GG and Mason there is no words that come out, however, they will give me facial expressions and attitude. A example of this is Mason, with his stupid grin when I come into the house and say hello, and GG slowly walks over, so I can pick her up and carry her to the couch, just so she can come down her stairs and follow me back into the kitchen. A better example here, might be when I see my grandsons, and they break out into a smile, and the youngest one runs to greet me.  The point here is, that both groups have a way of communicating, in order to show that they are happy to see me. I really wish somebody would create a bill, so that pets may be tax exemptions. GG and Mason, with doctors bills and preventive monthly medicine for heart worms and fleas, all adds up quite a bit within a year, there is no difference with kids. They need dental care and healthcare yearly, and unless you have great insurance it will take a bite out of your budget, and it’s the same with pets –  a big chunk right out of the budget. The problem is, that at least you hope your child, or in my case my grandsons, grow up to appreciate the sacrifices that were made, in order to make sure that they stay healthy. The other part is that you hope that they will grow up to be a responsible and self sufficient adult, when they grown up. I can’t hope that for GG and Mason. GG is old and ornery, and Mason, what can I say? He’s different. If you have read my previous blogs, then you know what I mean when I say different. GG is old and she needs help going to the bathroom, so the vet said I could give her miralax, but I didn’t want to give her laxatives daily, so I looked online and saw pumpkin is high in fiber. When I first started to give it to her, I would put a little on a spoon and feed it to her. That didn’t work so well, because most of it ended on the floor. The next thing I tried was mixing it with her food, and that didn’t work for a variety of reasons: Mason and GG eat boiled chicken breast with franks or hamburgers for their meals. I put down dog food in the morning, that is never touched, but I do because Mason will on occasion eat dog food, if there is nothing else. GG won’t touch the stuff as she’d rather eat crumbs of chicken breast off the floor, than to have her mouth touch a piece of dog food. I couldn’t mix the pumpkin with chicken breast and franks meals, because Mason would then decide he was hungry and wait until I wasn’t looking, and eat the food.  K decided the best thing to do, was buy KFC or some kind of fast food, and mix GG’s pumpkin with it. Here’s another example; most kids, including my grandsons, love to eat fast food, there is no difference there between them and GG and Mason. Mason eats it so fast that he doesn’t chew it, and it comes right up whole, just like he ate it, and Mason doesn’t need any help going. He seems to go after each meal, twice sometimes. GG, at first, she would suck down the pumpkin mixed with her fast food, but now she tries to pick the fast food out,and throw the pumpkin on the floor. When my grandson doesn’t like something, he spits it out. We as adults always have to stay one step ahead of kids, and I don’t know if its just K and myself that seems to be always trying to stay ahead of GG and Mason. I had to check online to find some other food high in fiber, because the pumpkin has become a no-no. If you have a dog that needs the help of fiber to go, try sweet potatoes cut up in little cubes, and string beans cut into little pieces. My daughter periodically has to give a laxative to my youngest grandson because he’s a picky eater . I talked about the expense of healthcare for both pets and children is out of control, what about clothes? I mean if you dress your pet because you want them to look as good as you, then you have to spend money. The rich and famous certainly do spend on their pets, because they feel it’s a reflection of them. My eldest grandson wanted Jordan’s for  Christmas, I mean $200 for a pair of sneakers. GG and Mason we like to dress up from time to time, and no we don’t buy them anything in that money range, but we do spend money on leashes, collars, boots and coats on a regular basis. GG keeps getting bigger, so she needs a new coat it seems like every year or so. GG doesn’t really like clothes, but Mason you can put anything on him, and he doesn’t mind whether it fits or not. He just want attention. K has retired now, and she realizes how out of control Mason is. I hear more pleading and begging from her trying to get Mason’s attention. Mason will look her way, and promptly turn his head back to give her the back of his head. Again, with my grandchildren, if they are watching television or on their computer, I am calling their name in vain with no response from them. I have to use the same tactic with my grandsons, as with GG and Mason, that’s yelling like I have a blow horn. I just think it’s interesting how much these two groups share in common.  I know I’ve been slacking, but I’m back. I’ll have a read for you next week. Have a safe week.

Author: Unique Things

Retired with dogs is not at all what you would expect. I retired from DoD about 18 months ago. My spouse and I married a year ago and just had our first anniversary. We have two dogs that have honk they are not dogs but rulers of us. Read my blogs to see why I sometimes wish I was still working.

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