so my inlaws were here last week visiting us and they brought with them the 2 most spoiled dogs i have ever seen. they are the kind of ppl who won't leave their dogs behind. i think i mentioned to them that they could consider kenneling their dogs when they come to see us or travel and they shot eye daggers at me like i was telling them to send their pooches to the dog pound or something...
but in the interest of family harmony, i gave the nod to my DH and them that they could bring sparkle and tessa (the two dogs) but at first i said they had to stay in the utility room (some background info, these two pups came for a visit like 5 years ago and one of them pooped on my carpet like 6 times in 1 weekend). i conceded again and said ok, the dogs could come but they had to stay in the tile aread of our house (which is about 40% of the house) but it was sort of sad/funny/ironic to see my FIL standing in the kitchen with the pups on leashes talking to us while the rest of us were in the carpeted living room. so i finally gave in again that they could be in the living room only (hence these pics of them lounging around on the carpet).
there are a lot of dog stories i can tell you from this past week but i think that what i had to learn here was how to adapt in a dog family. my family was never a dog family. i had one pet ever- a duck named jack when i was growing up (yes a duck , a white duck). and honestly i have disliked dogs ever since one attacked me when i was 6 on a farm in NJ and threw me on the ground. i think i feared dogs (big or small). i don't think it was until after college that i became ok with them.
but i know how important it is for my DH to see his parents so i compromised a lot. and the two pups were pretty well behaved (except when one of them thought i wasn't looking and she jumped on my couch and i yelled and she jumped back down). what has become of me - miss hard nosed - don't back down for anything? sigh. i must be getting old and soft in my old age.
i might invite them back for a visit and tell them not to bring my inlaws (just kidding!)