“And you are?”
“I’m Annie, who are you?”
“I’m Beamer and the top dog around here.”
“What do you mean Mm?”
“I was told Ice was numero uno.”
“Who told you that?”
“My new Mom.”
“Don’t you mean your foster Mom?”
“No, I mean my new Mom.”
“O.K. let me get this straight. Are you telling me
that you are moving in here permanently?”
“If all goes well, Yep, that’s what I’m telling you.”
“Mm, so you’re on a trial period, right?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Well, let me give you the ground rules.
I’m the only one allowed on the couch.
The bed next to Mom’s computer is mine.
The bed to the right of Mom’s bed is mine.
All current toys are mine.
The back of the CRV is mine.
Me alone curls up on the bathroom mat next
to the bath tub when Mom is taking a shower.”
“You know, you’re very territorial.”
“I was here first.”
“Yes, but I was hoping you and I could become
buddies and play together and go on walks
together, and share toys. Mom told me you
are a great dog and thought you
and I would hit it off. I really don’t want to go
back to the kennel. It felt like being in prison
and I’ve been in a sort of prison, just like you,
when I was chasing that damned thing around
the track. I really like Mom and I know she will
take good care of me, but if you don’t like me,
she’ll return me to the kennel.[Sniff Sniff]”
“OMG – don’t cry, I just can’t handle tears.”
“Well, you’re not making me feel welcome. I
just want a home where I will be loved and I
thought this was my chance. [Sniff Sniff}”
“Well, all right, I don’t want you to go back to the kennel.
You’re very cute and you smell good. Just
respect the fact that I was here first and have
“Does that mean you will share the toys?”
“Yes, I will share the toys.”
“Will you share the doggie beds?”
“Yes, I will share the doggie beds”
“Will you let me share the back of the
“Yes, I can do that.”
“Will you let me into the bathroom when
Mom is taking a shower just to check to
see where she is?”
“Yes, but forget sharing the bath mat.”
“O.K. what about the couch.”
“This is non-negotiable.”
“Mm, we’ll see.”
“GRRR – females!”