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Marley and Dave (It Feels Like We’ve Adopted a Teenager)

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, is…..  “rest” to use any way we like and enjoy!

Rest has become more important to me as I get older. That doesn’t always mean I get enough of it. There’s always something to do, but that’s nothing new. Rest, as in stretching my back out flat, is in some ways more important than sleep. But I’ve read that sleep is important, too.

The two “men” in my life, David the husband, and Marley the pitsky (husky/pitbull), have more energy than I do. They are often “on alert” and busy when awake, but they sleep well. Marley has made slow progress in his training. In the house, he’s a sweetheart – well-behaved and loveable, though even my golden retriever didn’t shed this much.

We are still keeping Marley and Mama Cat separated. Marley has a high “prey drive.” He’s getting better when I walk him in the back yard as we reinforce the fence and only occasionally lunges at squirrels out of his reach. I watch him closely to anticipate a lunge by planting my feet and holding on to the leash with both hands, but like I said, he’s getting better in the yard. He LOVES to play ball on the long leash, throwing the ball in the air and starting to let me get it from him if he gets a training treat.

A few nights ago, David was taking Marley on his nighttime walk and right out of the gate, Marley lunged at a neighborhood cat, catching David off guard and catching two fingers in the leash. The next day, David went to the doctor. They had to cut his wedding ring off. 😦 But that can be fixed. His ring figure has a small fracture, and his pinky finger popped a tendon. It’s good it’s his left hand, but still. On Wednesday, he’ll have surgery,

Apparently, Marley needs more serious training. I’m watching a video program for “reactive dogs” but I’m also researching more local training. We did five sessions with a woman who I like, because she is laid back and not bossy, but maybe I need someone more serious without being bossy. I bet dogs think we are bossy. No, we are just pack leaders. Huskies are notoriously headstrong, and pit bulls are tenacious. Both breeds are loyal and affectionate. Good thing David loves Marley. When I asked him how he felt about Marley after the injury, David said, “It wasn’t his fault. I wasn’t paying attention.” I’m sure glad I got my “must love dogs” wish from my soulmate wishlist. It makes me love him even more.

David is going to have to give those fingers a rest. Marley will probably chill out in a few years when he’s ten. Even though he’s six, he acts more like a two-year-old dog. I feel like we’ve adopted a teenager. At least I don’t have to worry about him going out and partying, especially since we got him neutered and keep close tabs on his whereabouts. Marley keeps us from becoming too sedentary.

Mama Cat, now she knows how to rest.

I’m trapped on the couch by MC while Marley and Dave are back in the man cave

I love this picture of Marley waiting for Dave to come home and take him for a walk. It was a few weeks ago. You can see the Christmas tree lights reflected in the window. I finally took the tree down.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Marley and Dave (It Feels Like We’ve Adopted a Teenager)

  1. Good to have pets to look after you 😊

  2. Thank you for sharing!.. perhaps Dave and Marley are following Mr. Thompson advice; “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming; “Wow! What a ride!” ( Hunter S. Thompson)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

  3. I hope David will be well soon and that you will be rested soon. 🙂

  4. It’s great that your husband has the energy to keep up with Marley. Sending best wishes that his fingers heal well. I love the photo of Marley on the lookout for David. Such fealty!

  5. Ouch! So sorry about Dave’s injuries, and I hope he heals swiftly & completely – or as completely as our body allows these days. I was brought down so many times by my very sweet and gentle Pitbull, Rosebud, that both rotator cuffs are torn,

    We would be walking at dusk or nighttime, and something unseen by me would run or jump into her vision. Fortunately, she never caught anything, but when she realized I was down she would freeze, then come over to me and stand like a rock so I could use her body to pull myself up. She was definitely sorry and would try to be a lap dog when we got home to make up for it.

    • Thank you so much, Claudia, for your good wishes and sharing about Rosebud. It reinforces my understanding that sweet, loveable dogs sometimes have a hard time controlling their impulses.

  6. I’m very sorry to hear about David’s injury. Our dog lunges as well on our walks. I don’t know if it would help, but we walk her with a harness (I still put a leash on her, too). The harness keeps her close to my side and prevents her from getting any momentum if she tries to lunge. I let her off harness when I know the coast is clear and she’s in the ark where she wants to sniff everything.

    • Thanks, Dan. It helps to know you understand, and I can see why you wear those spikey things on ice. David does use a harness with a double leash attached at the top and front. I’ve recently heard that harnesses aren’t good for huskies because they love to pull, but David likes it because he has control and keeps the leash short when needed. I’ve thought about adding a leash to his collar which is all I use in the yard. We might have to try that. Marley is amazingly strong.

      • It isn’t easy, is it? Setters like to wander rom side-to-side as we walk. When we get to the park, let go of the harness and let her roam a bit. Maddie doesn’t do well with too much stimulation, so I have to keep it simple. I have to be careful in the snow. Maddie is strong, and with four feet in the snow, she’s hard to stop. Good luck establishing a routine that works for all of you.

  7. That’s gotta hurt, that much dog yanking on two fingers. As for the wedding ring, a good jeweler can fix it pretty easily.

  8. Life at your house doesn’t sound boring, JoAnna! Mama cat looks very well and relaxed in the photo! ❤

    • You’re right, Cheryl. our house is not boring. Mama Cat is relaxed at times, but having been feral for most of her life, she can be off to her room in a flash.

  9. Wishing David much better. Ouch, his poor fingers. I too love his response to Marley’s injury. Much love to you all. ❤ xXx

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