Makes ya wanna think.

Life at The Pad

We are creatures of habit here at The Pad. My dogs and I live a comfortable daily rhythm.

Every morning the first thing we do is GET MEAT! The dogs wait for me to wake and when I stir Travis gives me a minute of snuggling and chin-kissing. I yell “MEAT!” and they scram for the dog door while I grab my robe and slippers. It’s an explosive way to start the day.

I get them pieces of meat from the fridge while they wait outside. Some days they get a big piece of meat and take their time eating it. Other days I scatter little pieces around the yard for them to hunt.

I, meanwhile, prepare my morning latte while looking out the kitchen window at this scene:


The meat feast isn’t over, however. Years ago in a moment of generosity I gave the dogs a second, smaller piece of meat after they finished their first. “Meat dessert” is now a mandatory fixture of our daily schedule; I never forget to fling them their second piece.

I retire to my computer to drink my latte and eat oatmeal while I read my lib political blogs.

Being a geek with a few scrozzled neurons I don’t wake at dawn. I average a 1pm wake-up, so the day is well along by the time we see it. After breakfast it’s time for our daily walk or canoe.

Then the boring part of the day for the dogs as I write and program at my infernal device.

A few times every evening the dogs gang up on me and mount a cuteness offensive, generally jumping around like ninnies until they get my attention and convince me it’s time to play. So we run outside in a jumble and chase each other like ninnies:


Sometimes I howl as loud as I can just to listen to the echoes. Neither of the dogs are howlers so they are rather non-plussed at this.


Most nights I’m in bed reading by 2 and asleep by 4. Nine hours of shuteye and I’m ready to give my dogs some MEAT!

2 responses

  1. Sounds and looks like a fun, yet productive and relaxing environment.

    April 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm

  2. It’s heaven for me.

    April 6, 2008 at 11:33 pm

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