Thursday, September 7, 2017

River and Mom: A Late Night Conversation

Everyone knows that dogs and human can’t communicate.  Except for a singular moment when humans are on the edge of sleeping and wakefulness.  What happens in those moments are swept away like the remnants of a dream

It takes a long time to learn when your parents reach that moment.  It lasts only a few seconds.  If you start too soon, the human only hears barking, and you get shushed. Start too late, and they are asleep.

Sunday night I was able to speak to my Mom during that perfect moment.

“Mommy,” I whispered, hoping she would hear me.

“Yes, River?”  I was in!

“Is tomorrow special?”

“It’s Labor Day.”

“What’s Labor Day?”

“It’s a holiday.  Humans don’t have to work.”

“What are you going to do?”

“Work in the garden.”

“But, it’s Labor Day.  You aren’t supposed to work.”

“I am retired, and Daddy works weekends, so Monday is our garden day.  We will rest Tuesday.”

“You’re a rebel Mommy,” I said.

She smiled.  “Is there anything else tomorrow?” I asked.

“It is Pocket’s birthday.”

“Is she we going to get special food and gifts?”

“No.  Your sister can’t eat anything special without getting sick, and except for her ball she doesn’t play with toys.”

“We can still do special food and gifts,” I offered.  “And I will eat them and play with them.”

“We just did that for your birthday.”

“I know, and it was awesome.  Let’s do it again.”

“Now that wouldn’t be fair to Pocket.”
I looked at my clueless sister sleeping next to Daddy.  “So what is she going to get?”

“Lots of snuggle time, lap time, scratches, extra lap time, and love.”
“At my expense?” I asked stunned.


“Oh man, birthday are like farts.  When they are yours, they are OK but when they are someone else’s they suck.”

Mommy smiled again and then she slipped off to sleep to visit Foley.

The next day Pocket got extra attention, and I walked around all day like I smelled a fart.


  1. bahahhahahahah...your face says it all. stella rose

  2. From looking at your face we can almost smell the farts.

  3. Well, you are a cute little stinker!

  4. Sibling birthdays are ONLY Okay when you get to share their special food. We're not sure about losing snuggle time.

  5. I LUFFS that face!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. That expression says it all!

  7. BOL! Yuppers, that is one stinky expression River!
    Ruby ♥

  8. With the expression on your face, that must have been a whopper of a fart!!! BOL

    We think you were totally on the right track with your logic about Pocket's party:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  9. Oh River!!! that face!!!!
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. I love your idea... it sounds like the pawfect solution... but humans rarely agree with our ideas... sigh...