My Velcro Dogs
Velcro Great Danes
I am the proud owner of two Velcro dogs. No, this isn’t some new breed like the Golden Doodle or the Maltipoo. This is more of a type of dog, and any breed can become one. In fact, as far as breed goes, mine are Great Danes. First and foremost, however, they are dyed-in –the-wool Velcro pooches!
Allow me to explain. Every morning when I wake up, there are two 150-pound dogs snoozing next to me. And they’re not just next to me – they’re practically on me. They get as close as is physically possible. For a large person, I’m allowed only a disproportionately small strip of the bed.
When I finally “thaw out” enough to exit the bed, they follow me to the bathroom and look me in the eye as I sit on the throne. I’m always thinking, “Hey, guys. I can do this without your help! I did it for years long before I adopted you two!”
After washing my hands and brushing my teeth (which must be fascinating to the dogs, judging from their intense interest), I let them out for their potty break. I feed them their breakfast, and I report to my work station, the computer. In just a few minutes, I hear the click-click-click of doggie nails on the hardwood floor, and I know they’ve joined me in the office. They either lie at my feet or recline on the leather couch behind me. If I get up for something, however, they’re right there with me.
They can be sound asleep and snoring, but let me try to sneak to the bathroom or to the kitchen for a drink or snack, and they’re immediately wide awake. They spring into action, jumping off the comfy couch to see what I’m up to. It’s amazing! They follow me step for step.
When I go into the living room to watch TV, the boys are right behind me. Instead of lying on the soft sofa in the office, they instead choose the oak floor just so they can be near me. They aren’t allowed on the living room furniture.
When husband Johnny and I eat our meals, the furkids are right there, watching every move we make. They’re ready to pounce on any morsel we might accidentally drop, and they know we’ll save them a bite of whatever we’re eating. We always do.
I stay home most of the time, and around the house, I usually wear jogging pants and a big tee shirt. If I decide to go out, the dogs know. They watch intently as I get dressed and put on my shoes. They know I’m about to leave them, and they don’t like it one bit. They follow me to the door every time I go, pleading with those big liquid brown eyes that I won’t leave them behind.
When I go to bed at night, the dogs join me. My fawn male, Hamlet, places his massive head on my pillow, right next to mine. Grendel, the harlequin, squeezes up against my legs. This is pretty nice in cold weather, since the dogs generate so much heat, but in the summer months, it can be sweltering.
The worst time for the dogs is when we have to leave them at the doggie hotel while we go on vacation. They barely eat the entire week, even though they still have each other and we always send plenty of toys and chews to keep them occupied. When we return to town and pick them up, they pout. For a couple of days, they won’t even look at us. When we speak to them, they turn their heads, so incensed are they that we would leave them in the care of strangers.
Whenever I’m sick and confined to bed, they stay by my side. Even if I’m bedridden for several days, the boys get up only to go out to relieve themselves. I don’t think they even eat or drink. Johnny has suggested several times that we get nurses’ caps for them!
Now you see why I refer to my big boys as Velcro dogs. They’re always stuck to my side. Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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