A kind reader asked about Missy and wanted me to give an update. Missy is doing well these days. She is now 6 1/2 years old, and she is slowing down a bit these days. During the spring, Missy sheds an enormous amount of dog hair. It is everywhere. I brush, vacuum, and brush again. This is a daily adventure in our house, and we are still afraid to wear dark colors. This is the very reason that Missy will be our first and last English Mastiff. I can handle everything about her except the mounds of dog hair in the spring and fall. What is a frustrated pet owner to do? This frustrated pet owner took her to the pond and encouraged her to swim. I was thinking that maybe some of the hair would wash away.
We have avoided introducing Missy to the pond. What is worse than dog hair? The answer...a 220 pound wet dog with wet dog hair! I overcame my fear of a large wet beast frolicking in my house and took her for a swim. She was unsure at first. She wanted to make sure we were watching her. After all, if she needed to be rescued she wanted to know that we were available.
She eventually worked up the courage to actually swim. She also realized that she could have a good time without over exerting herself, which was a positive from her perspective. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to have her use a bar of soap! By the way, the battle of the dog hair is still being fought on a daily basis in our home. My advice to you...if you come to visit me don't wear black!
The musings of a godly husband and wife seeking a simpler life in today's world. Pour a cup of coffee and spend time with us as we ramble on about spirituality, raising children, farm steading, politics, sports, woodworking, and all the other things in life we enjoy.