Monday, January 24, 2011

Skinny White Dog

I’ve always been partial to dogs that are black or brown or a mixture of the two. I like big dogs that look a little intimidating. When we first considered getting another dog, I had in mind a black or chocolate lab.

Then one day while looking at shelter ads online, I came across a picture that seemed to have a message for me.

So I did what I had to do. I secretly stashed a leash, collar, and the exact adoption fee in cash into the glove compartment of my car, and told my family, “Let’s go for a ride!”

And then I said, “As long as we’re close by, why don’t we stop in the pet store and look at the puppies?” And, “Well, look at that, they’re having an adoption event today!”

And just like that, my desire to own a majestic and slightly imposing animal gave way to a new reality.

I was the owner of a skinny white dog.

By the time the skinny white dog was curled up in the back seat of my car and named Luna, the only thing left to do was to convince myself of the merits of having a white dog.

You know what’ll be great? I told myself. We won’t have any of those big piles of dark hair all over the place. No evil black dust bunnies gathering in the corners.

And you know what?

I was right.

It’s great not having dark furry tumbleweeds to sweep up. I don’t know how, but people always seem to be able to tell I own a white dog. They can sense it somehow.

I am thinking of brushing Luna outside from now on.

If I could just find the leash.


Kim Kasch said...

Love Luna :)

J.L. Campbell said...

I came over to here from another blog. I like your style. Your post made me smile. I guess Luna's smiling too!

Kelly said...

Awww, love your illustration with Luna's story.
We seem to always have black or black and brown dogs. I wonder if a white one is in our future too!?
Hope you own a lint brush!

Mary Witzl said...

I knew where this was going! We had a white cat not so long ago. I'm crazy about wearing black and I got tired of saying, "Yes, my cat is white."

Now I've got two black cats and our cream-colored bedspread is all shades of grey.

Skinny dogs are my favorite too, especially greyhounds. Some day I want a Jack Russell terrier and a greyhound -- preferably cat friendly. I'll take any color!

Bish Denham said...

ROFL! What an absolute hoot. LOVE, love, LOVE the illustrations. I too have owned a white dog and can attest to the white dust bunnies that collect in mounds in the corners, under beds. No different than the dark ones that collect under the washer and fridge.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Congrats on Luna--and such darling, whimsical pictures!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Love your illustrations and adorable story! Adrienne, you rock!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

You are so cool.
I LOVE the illustrations-the white dust bunny cloud is PERFECT! Now that we have added a black cat to our mix, we get black and yellow fur balls!

Ara Burklund said...

Aw! Luna sounds like a wonderful addition to your family. As a fellow white-dog owner myself, though, all I can say is, keep tape rollers everywhere! : )

ICQB said...

Luna is a lucky, lucky doggie!

With cats of all colors and a dog, I always have to be selective of the clothing I buy. I always ask myself, "Will cat hair stick to this overly much?"

angela cerrito said...

You're the best mom in the world forever now, right! What lucky kids you have! And WELCOME HOME Luna!!!

cleemckenzie said...

Ha! Laughing here. I've had the black. I've had the white. I've had the spotted and the gray. No matter the color of the critter, my wardrobe and my furniture took a hit. Still I wouldn't have traded any of those wonderful animals for anything.

Anne Spollen said...

What a great post! And welcome home to that immortalitzed doggie. I love your drawings.

When there are no animals in someone's house, I keep looking around in this weird phantomish way as if any second the sofa will produce a cat or a dog. Houses don't feel right to me without at least one animal.