A scene from Pocket’s and Foley’s house
Setting: Early morning, cold winter day.
and Foley emerge from the bedroom with their Daddy Lackey. Pocket is
being carried, Foley is waddling forward. Daddy Lackey goes over to the
thermostat turning up the heat so the house is not freezing. Pocket
shudders because she hates when the heat comes through the floorboards.
is placed on the kitchen floor while Foley licks up some water from a
bowl. Daddy Lackey puts on a jacket, a coat, and a ski cap, then goes on
porch making sure the dogs do not follow. He grabs a poop bag, the dog
harnesses and coats. He goes over to the kitchen table. He gets a
sweater or shirt from the Hattie Mae collection that the pups’ Mommy had
laid out for them the night before.
puts the sweater on Foley who puts up her paws fighting to keep it from
going on but finally she lets it be slipped over her head. Pocket,
while Foley is being dressed, crosses behind Daddy Lackey headed to the
bedroom. Daddy Lackey calls her. She stops, looking confused. She
turns back to the bedroom, gets called again, and walks back to her
Daddy Lackey. While the sweater is going on she turns, squirms, boxes,
shakes and finally relents to it being put on.
harness goes over the shirt or sweater. This way the beauty of the
Hattie Mae collection is not hindered by the undergarment. The harness
goes on simply but Daddy Lackey has to be careful. If you don’t put the
harness on correctly then the dog can break free. If Foley breaks free
she just continues about her business knowing she will be safely
harnessed soon. If Pocket breaks free she begins darting back and forth
as if she has become an untethered balloon. Daddy Lackey has to chase
her down before she gets in trouble.
Daddy Lackey takes the two jackets and slips the leash through the hole
in the jacket. He does this because it is very hard to find the clasp
on the harness after you put the jacket on. By slipping the leash
through the jacket and then clasping it the entire process is easier.
And, by this time, both dogs, standing on the cold floor, and walking
back and forth, really have to pee, so expediency is of the utmost
Lackey then hooks the leash on to the clasp and put the velcro straps
around their neck and their stomachs. Finally it is time for the dogs to
go outside. They walk out to the porch. Suddenly a stricken look comes
over Pocket’s face as she digs her heels in.
“What is wrong?” Daddy Lackey asks Pocket.
“Daddy, I know you spent all this time getting me dressed to go out in the snow but I have to pee.”
“That’s why we’re going outside Pocket,” Daddy said.
“Oh that’s good,” she says following him outside whistling a happy tune.