Having a pet, especially a dog (in my opinion), is sort of like being married.
And I'm not talking about the "till death do you part" thing.
I'm talking about your partner – or pet – in this case always surprising you. Once you think you know your pet, they turn around and let you know just how much you don't know about them.
This weekend was one of those weekends – when my husband and I learned a few more things about Denali.
1. Fifteen minutes is the limit for brushing. I had out the FURminator for the fourth time Saturday night and was trying to get as much off Denali so we could clean the floors the next day. I was feeling pretty successful until I was told to stop. By Denali.
About 15 minutes in, he seemed to get agitated, his frustration growing second by second. I finally gave in and stopped – but not before we could get video. I love to hear Denali "talk."
2. This lesson was one for Mark. You can't antagonize Denali with the hose of the vacuum cleaner and not expect him to break some rules. Denali and I were hiding out in the bedroom so Mark could clean the floors when Mark decided to pop in for a visit.
He jokingly chased Denali with the hose as he got into the corners. Denali didn't find it so funny. He leaped onto the bed in a fraction of a second and nearly knocked me off. I would have reprimanded Denali as he's not allowed on the bed but I couldn't stop laughing.
3. Meeting other huskies is like a family reunion. Mark and I were running at the park with Denali on Sunday morning when we approached a man with not one but TWO beautiful Siberian huskies. He asked whether Denali was nice, and we said yes, allowing the dogs to meet. At first, Denali was a bit hesitant as if to figure out what these dogs were like. They both sniffed his butt, a polite gesture, and went on to kiss Denali.
Seriously, there was some very cute tongue-to-tongue affection going on. After a few months, we set off again and Denali seemed sad to go. I guess he's on Mark's side on getting another dog …