Slow Adventures in Slothville

May 4, 2007

Penny on the Road

Filed under: Family, Penny — shhville @ 2:50 pm

Well, we’re off to Maine this weekend so that Penny can meet her grandparents. My mom is all excited and has stocked up on organic dog food. I tried to explain to her that Penny has some sort of moral objection to eating anything identified as “for dogs” but mom insists on giving it a try. I say go to – it would make my life a lot easier if I could find a dog food that Penny would eat. This morning we shared a bacon/onion/mushroom/cheddar omelette and she didn’t even care that there was Tabasco sauce in it. It just won’t do.

When I took Penny to the vet on Wednesday she obliged me by bleeding on the exam table. I completely freaked out: “OHMYGODWHATISTHATSHE’SDYING.” The vet looked at me with such pity that for a second I thought she really was dying. Then he dropped the bomb: “She’s in heat.”

Fucking hell, my dog’s on her period. Fucking hell, my dog IS NOT SPAYED. I was like a mother who finds out her daughter has lost her virginity. I was CRYING. But you know what? If she had started bleeding on stuff at my house I would have had a fucking heart attack. As far as bad news goes, Penny had excellent timing on this one.

Last night I made her three dinners before I figured out that she wasn’t being picky, she just didn’t feel well. I called the vet and they told me that when dogs get their periods they’re sort of like us, but worse. Cranky, crampy, grouchy, ouchy. Poor thing just wanted to sleep. I wrapped her up in some blankets with just her head sticking out and then she tucked her face in too, so she was like a little burrito on the couch with me. Then we went to bed and she curled up against my belly under the warm covers. I swear, you can go ahead and try to imagine how cute this girl is, but it will be an exercise in futility.

Lots of pictures when we get back!



  1. Aw, how sweet you are, MommySloth! Have a good weekend, and please travel safely.

    Comment by Aimee — May 4, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  2. Have you bought a purse to put her in? And matching SHOES?

    Comment by cybele — May 4, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

  3. Ha! The pet-carrier looks like a purse and is very low-key. No one ever notices that she’s in there.

    But it’s ugly as hell. It looks like some kind of Japanese Hello Kitty knock-off. Black and white with hearts on the pockets and a weird quilted pattern. You wouldn’t catch me dead in shoes that match THAT shit.

    Comment by shhville — May 4, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

  4. What a hoot! So you getting her fixed?

    Sounds like you’re spoiling her already. Enjoy the weekend. Looking forward to the pictures.

    Comment by Vince — May 4, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  5. Ugh. Sounds horrid. But Slothy, there are some cuuuute dogpurses available, some I’ve coveted.

    I have a Samsonite-sized canine, so, sadly, no cute carrier.

    Comment by cybele — May 4, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

  6. Oh, believe me, I’ve looked. But I needed one in a hurry and didn’t have time to wait for delivery.

    Unfortunately, the carrier I want costs $225 from Creature Couture.

    I have problems.

    Yes, she’s getting fixed. In a couple of months. And she’s so spoilable! She’s been fast asleep under my desk for the past three hours.

    Comment by shhville — May 4, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

  7. So…? We wants pitcherses of superexpensive doggiepurse!

    My taste runs to hot pink mock-croc, available at Target for $29.99. My Golden would look stupid in it, and only his head would fit.

    Comment by cybele — May 4, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  8. Yay for MamaSlothy!

    So what inspired this new responsible relationship with a small furry creature?

    She’s too cute for words. Pictures!

    Comment by Anonymous, but not really — May 4, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  9. I think your all wrong on the food. The dog wants Taco Bell. Can you not hear her SAYING it! Oh wait, do you speak spanish?

    Comment by Foundme — May 4, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

  10. I’m a Sloth-bian. I love Penny, she’s adorable!

    Comment by Inanna — May 6, 2007 @ 1:53 am

  11. Adorable…

    Comment by M — May 7, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

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