Ok, so I like to play like I'm a tough guy badass. It's just the image I want to project so the real bad asses out there don't mess with me. But if any of those guys saw me today they would know a bad actor when they saw me.
Today we left Roxie, the Wonder Dog, home alone for the first time. We confined her to the kitchen by blocking the door with a temporary cardboard gate that I had made for Carrie's and Ezra's dog, Hova, when they were here for 10 days a couple months ago.
I figured Roxie, Wonder Dog or not, would have too much difficulty surmounting such a formidable obstacle as a 4 foot high wall, and would give up after her attempted escape was thwarted a couple times. This was a test of both her obedience and her possible bad dog coping skills when she knew no one was watching and she wanted to try her Houdini impersonation. But she fought off any thoughts of destruction and curbed the urge to let us know that she would not tolerate being left home alone when there were so many interesting things out there in the world that she needed to explore. Instead, as a good dog should, she simply repaired to her bed under the church pew, and calmly and patiently awaited our return home.
Well, I am happy to say, and quite proud as well, that she passed her tests with nary a demerit. When we got home after being gone for about 6 hours, she greeted us with the biggest show of love and affection that any dog would be proud to display. She was jumping up and down, running in circles, and putting on a display of happiness unprecedented in this man's home. Not a thing was out of place in the kitchen. Nothing was destroyed by doggie teeth. There were no little surprises waiting to be discovered in a corner or anywhere else.
I was reduced to tears by her achievement. There went my status as a tough guy. If any of my would-be tough guy brethren were present for my emotional display, they would have drummed me out of the tough guy club and forbidden me the use of the secret handshake and would have taken away my key to the clubhouse. But I didn't care. I didn't care because I had found me a DOG. I couldn't help picking her up and giving her the biggest hug I could muster.
Roxie, the Wonder Dog, having earned her first merit badge in doggie endearment, will get to stay another day.