I've been having a lot of work done around the house so there seem to always be workmen around the house. One of them, Jim, has been well- trained by his chihuahuas, much to Gunther the Attention Hound's delight. Gunther follows him around and gets petted every time Jim has a free hand. He is very good at petting and directing his crews at the same time.So the other morning, Gunther came up to me and started whining and whimpering urgently like he does when he desperately has to go outside to pee. This was odd since he had just been out half an hour ago and done all the business a dog should have to do, especially after playing cover- eachothers'- pee-spots with Sammie. I always feel it is better safe than sorry when it comes to potty breaks, however, so I dutifully went downstairs to let him out.

He bounded out and did his galloping dance, which really is hilarious when done by a big huge dork of an ungraceful beast who looks even bigger and less graceful now that he is blowing coat, across the yard. It turns out he didn't need to go potty. He'd just seen that Jim had arrived and was in the backyard. He bounded right up to him and pushed himself under his arm, which he is not allowed to do but apparently gets away with with Jim, and was rewarded with full body rubs with both parties smiling big.
It dawned on me at that moment that Gunther probably thinks that we hired these guys just to make sure he had playmates all day long. It was confirmed today. Jim hasn't been around today. Gunther keeps checking for him and then giving me pleading looks when he can't find him. I don't know how to tell him that he is going to have to get a job if he wants to keep a crew of contractors around indefinitely. And a good paying job at that. Maybe he could learn to fetch tools and get a job and time with contractors at the same time.
Paula
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It dawned on me at that moment that Gunther probably thinks that we hired these guys just to make sure he had playmates all day long.

Well, you did, didn't you???
Maybe he could get a job as a contractor's assistant! Try selling this to Jim, it sounds like Gunther is trying to tell him but perhaps is being misinterpreted.
It's great to "see" you, Paula! Btw, am I a slow, unrememberful sort of person or is Gunther a new name in your house yes, I know these 2 options are not mutually exclusive! I just don't remember that name.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
It dawned on me at that moment that Gunther probably ... just to make sure he had playmates all day long.

Well, you did, didn't you??? Maybe he could get a job as a contractor's assistant! Try selling this to ... house yes, I know these 2 options are not mutually exclusive! I just don't remember that name. Catherine

Isn't Gunther the GSD that is everyone's friend? And I'm glad I wasn't the only person missing Paula and her stories about the girls and the dogs.

Beth
Paula,
Thanks for the cute story. You will know where to go looking if he come up missing. He will have run away to Jim's house. You better find some more home improvements!!
Nice to see you again.
Be Free..Judy
Isn't Gunther the GSD that is everyone's friend? And I'm glad I wasn't the only person missing Paula and her stories about the girls and the dogs.

Yes, Gunther is the GR spirit mistakenly placed in a GSD body at birth. He is such a big galump that we call him Gumper instead of Gunther. He's not the German concentration camp guard type, he's the Gomer Pyle of dogs. He thinks he should be petted 24/7. We happen to think that we should be able to take breaks and perhaps pet one of the other dogs every once in a while. Since the other dogs are locked into rooms where they can't join the workmen or get out in all the chaos, he gets Jim and his crew all to himself. Being a contractor, Jim has no problem being slobbered on, muddied up or covered in hair. Gunther has died and gone to doggie heaven.

Paula
It dawned on me at that moment that Gunther probably ... just to make sure he had playmates all day long.

Well, you did, didn't you???

Not exactly. Not that I'm against the bonus, but I was more interested in the home improvements than the doggie spoiling. I know that's horrible of me, but my dogs are working on the problem so maybe some day I'll turn out better.
Maybe he could get a job as a contractor's assistant! Try selling this to Jim, it sounds like Gunther is trying to tell him but perhaps is being misinterpreted.

Jim calls him his "buddy." Gunther seems to think that is the best job title. He doesn't think he's really cut out for work. The only job he feels is appropriate is impersonating a bear rug.
It's great to "see" you, Paula! Btw, am I a slow, unrememberful sort of person or is Gunther a new name in your house yes, I know these 2 options are not mutually exclusive! I just don't remember that name.

He's the GSD who was being beaten up by a spaniel in his foster home and having a hard time with only visiting kids when he wanted some of his own, so he ended up at our house. I should have known better than to take any calls from the GSD rescue after they found out I couldn't foster Molly without adopting her, but I'm kind of dumb that way. It has all worked out well, though. I tend to think that things happen for a reason. But I'm still avoiding any calls from the GSD rescue from now on.I haven't been around much. I have been trying to do grad school, take care of kids and deal with an outbreak of extended family drama all at the same time. Of course that broke out after I'd already set renovations in motion so I had being under construction to the list as well. But I went swimming in our new pool for the first time today (my kids have been swimming in it a couple weeks now, but I wanted it warmer before I ventured in)and it's definitely worth it.

The front yard will be finished by the end of the week so the only project left is the sod in the backyard. The biggest milestone was when the concrete got put in back. The idiots who put it in didn't pay attention to slope and drainage, so it actually sloped toward the house. So I took out the old and had it all redone when the pool concrete was done. A couple months of dirt and mud with kids and dogs just about killed me. I danced around almost as much as the dogs did when the concrete was done.

Paula
Being a contractor, Jim has no problem being slobbered on, muddied up or covered in hair. Gunther has died and gone to doggie heaven.

That last line really messed me up for a minute I thought "Gunther? Dead? The dog who was just enjoying the contractor's company YESTERDAY?

I'm glad I was misreading!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
Well, you did, didn't you???

Not exactly. Not that I'm against the bonus, but I was more interested in the home improvements than the doggie spoiling. I know that's horrible of me, but my dogs are working on the problem so maybe some day I'll turn out better.

Well, I'm glad they're on the case. I mean, really, putting your own needs above those of the dogs!
Maybe he could get a job as a contractor's ... is trying to tell him but perhaps is being misinterpreted.

Jim calls him his "buddy." Gunther seems to think that is the best job title. He doesn't think he's really cut out for work. The only job he feels is appropriate is impersonating a bear rug.

I can't get my dogs to go to work, either. Play, sleep, eat, that's all they care about!
I'm still avoiding any calls from the GSD rescue from now on.

Yeah, yeah, we've heard it all before.
I haven't been around much. I have been trying to do grad school, take care of kids and deal with ... broke out after I'd already set renovations in motion so I had being under construction to the list as well.

Wow! That is a lot! Hope things are settling down a bit. Are you working on a PhD?
But I went swimming in our new pool for the first time today
(my kids have been swimming in it a couple weeks now, but I wanted it warmer before I ventured in)and it's definitely worth it.

OMG, I should think so. I'm insanely jealous. And putting in a pool is definitely a home improvement project that the dogs must like...

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
Not exactly. Not that I'm against the bonus, but I ... the problem so maybe some day I'll turn out better.

Well, I'm glad they're on the case. I mean, really, putting your own needs above those of the dogs!

I think of it more as joint needs. After all, they like having more space to lounge around in, too. In fact, they think we should double the size of the house so they can have twice as many sprawling spaces. Not that they would then pick any that aren't right in my way...
I'm still avoiding any calls from the GSD rescue from now on.

Yeah, yeah, we've heard it all before.

No, I really mean it this time!
I haven't been around much. I have been trying to ... I had being under construction to the list as well.

Wow! That is a lot! Hope things are settling down a bit. Are you working on a PhD?

Yep. Things may settle down for a bit soon, but I'm sure more chaos will then come my way. I ask myself periodically if I was insane when I decided to go back to school. The answer is definitely yes, but I am just as convinced that it will be worth it when all is said and done.
But I went swimming in our new pool for the first time today

(my kids have been swimming in it a couple weeks now, but I wanted it warmer before I ventured in)and it's definitely worth it.

OMG, I should think so. I'm insanely jealous. And putting in a pool is definitely a home improvement project that the dogs must like...

Molly thinks it is her own personal giant water bowl. Sammie is scared of it because he is convinced that it is a giant bathtub. Gunther just sees it as a convenient excuse to have contractors at the house. Faith can't be reached for comment. She is on strike under the papasan chair until Anna comes home. It is a huge hit with the kids, though, and their friends. Part of my evil plan is to make sure my kids and their friends spend the majority of their time at my house as they are getting closer to their teen years.
Paula
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