Friday, August 5, 2011

you know how it is

Our neighborhood is puppy heaven. We've been here nearly a week. So far I've seen two children, and about ninety-seven dogs. There is one sign that says "Children at Play" and at least fifteen that say "Dogs must be kept on a leash, and waste must be put in the trash." Shouldn't parents be required to pick up their childrens' poop? Why isn't there a sign specifying that? Anyway, it's refreshing having so many dogs around. We are no longer Those People Who Bought a Dog before Children, like we were in Utah. We're just like everyone else who treats their dog as though it were their child. People like me, who take great pride when someone says "what a cute dog" as if I am in any way responsible for his genetics. People like me who talk to their dog as though it has a college professor's understanding of the English language. People like me who have a desktop full of puppy pictures and blog about their dog at least once a month.

Ollie enjoying a lazy afternoon, catching up on The Bachelorette

Will things change when Baby arrives? Probably. Is Ollie in for a rude awakening? I would assume. But it's something all first children go through. And we'll try our best to avoid a Lady and the Tramp type situation. Until January, Ollie is our only child and first love.

Stephen and Ollie relaxing in our only living room furniture until or couch arrives on AUGUST ?! Thanks a lot, Ikea.


  1. We have noticed the same thing here. I'm not sure, but we may be the only ones in our complex without a dog. And only one other family (out of the 25 apartments here) has a child. No family has 2 kids! I never realized how pet-friendly everywhere else is. Or maybe I never realized how pet-unfriendly Utah was.

  2. My sister had that problem when they had their first child. Their dog, who they'd had since puppyhood, whined from feeling neglected. She's doing better now, but it certainly was an adjustment.

  3. dog ownership is one of those things that took me a while to figure out was so different from places we've lived outside of utah. i mean, it's not like you can't have dogs AND kids? how come there are so few dogs?? i guess it's just cause provo's a college town.

  4. that place sounds like the avenues of salt lake


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