Before I had a baby, I agreed to do a therapy dog event at Simmons College about two months after the baby was supposed to arrive. Pro tip: do not agree to do anything in the weeks/months after you have a baby. Fortunately, the Husband/Dad of the Year stepped in to assist. As it happens, Lyra slept through the whole thing, but it was still good to have two pairs of hands to manage the baby and the dog.
The therapy dog event was held on familiar territory, in the Simmons library, and was very well-organized: there were canvas drop cloths on the floor in case of accidents, a bowl of water, and a large, eager, but orderly crowd of students waiting to pet Sudo (and Lola, who was a no-show, so Sudo got all the attention to herself. Lucky dog).
A flyer for the therapy dog event at the library, featuring Sudo
Lots of surface area to accommodate many petting hands
“This is great, can I stay here?”
Thanks to the organizers for hosting us, and good luck to the students on their finals!
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Wore this onesie exactly once before growing out of it.
“Oh, not the ears again. I hate you people.”
Large washcloth or small blankie? Yes.
Sleepy little snuggle-bug
“This is a lot of pink, guys.”
Yes, it’s still too big, but it’s got ears!
Cuddle time with Dad
A baby burrito for Halloween, just a week or so late.
Baby dance moves. “I liked the Macarena after it was cool.”
“Ugh, this print job is taking forever.”
No question what’s happening here…
“You are SO CUTE.” “Where is the milk?”
“I don’t know, guys, this puppy smells funny.”
Dad’s hand makes a good pillow.
“I’m tired of everything I wear having ears on it! Being this adorable is exhausting, you know.”
First visit to Simon’s coffee shop (thanks Mae for the photo)
Starting to smile for real
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Here’s a greyhound carousel figure we saw at the MFA:
Here is an actual greyhound:
You can see why horses, not greyhounds, are the traditional carousel animal of choice. Horses are also better suited to carousels speed-wise; greyhounds tend to have two speeds, 35 mph or 0 mph. Wear your safety belts, kids, or learn an important lesson about centrifugal force! Or just choose the pony.
Edward Gorey would have loved this dog.
We often speculate which creature from The Utter Zoo Sudo most resembles. Lately the Twibbit seems to be winning, though sometimes she is the Mork (“The Mork proceeds with pensive grace / And no expression in its face”), sometimes the Limpflig (“The Limpflig finds it hard to keep / From spending all its life asleep”), and sometimes the Yawfle (“The Yawfle stares, and stares, and stares, / And stares, and stares, and stares, and stares”).
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please avail yourself of the nearest copy of The Utter Zoo: An Alphabet by Edward Gorey. The Utter Zoo can also be found in the collection Amphigorey Also.
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The face of an innocent dog enjoying the sunshine in the recliner:
The face of a guilty, library-book-chewing dog:
“Who, me?” Yes, you.
This was hours after the crime was committed. You can’t hold a grudge against dogs because they don’t remember what they did, but she was in the metaphorical doghouse for a few hours anyway. I’m a librarian! I can’t have a dog who eats books. Now I’ll have to replace I Capture the Castle. I hope it was delicious.
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