A Boy and His Dog

January 10th, 2012

This is Riley.  The furball has been part of our family since shortly after Josh and I were married.  The poor dear had a tough time adjusting to the arrival of children in his world, and after three years of life with kids, he tolerates the rug rats, but would be perfectly happy if they disappeared tomorrow.

Buggie, on the other hand, adores Riley.  Can’t get enough of him.  He follows the long-suffering pooch around the house, alternating between patting (read: whacking) him on the head, hugging (read: squashing) him enthusiastically, and pulling (read: well, yeah, pulling) his tail.

When we pack up to leave for school in the morning and secure the dog in his crate, I usually turn around to find my son standing expectantly next to me, dog toy in hand.  He wants me to open up the crate so he can give a toy to Riley — and I oblige.

At dinner, Riley has long since learned to camp out under Buggie’s chair.  It’s not just accidentally-dropped bits of food that come his way.  Oh, no.  My generous son deliberately shares his meals with his canine companion, alternating between putting food in his own mouth and throwing tidbits to the dog.

And then there’s the fact that, other than Uh Oh, my son’s first word was Ra Ra — his name for Riley.  He says it all the time and refuses to say much else (though he can do a convincing cow moo).  We have regular conversations that go something like this:

Me: Buggie, say “Ma Ma”

Buggie: Ra Ra!

Josh: Buggie, say “Da Da”

Buggie: Ra Ra!

Me: Look, you ungrateful thing. I gave birth to you.  The dog doesn’t even like you.  Let’s try this again.  Say, “Ma Ma.”

Buggie: Ra Ra!

Sigh.

2 responses to “A Boy and His Dog”

  1. G'Mom says:

    It's also cute when Buggie hands Riley one of Riley's toys – and then waits expectantly for Riley to obligingly play with that toy. Sadly, Riley rarely obliges – ungrateful beast.

  2. G'Mom says:

    It's also cute when Buggie hands Riley one of Riley's toys – and then waits expectantly for Riley to obligingly play with that toy. Sadly, Riley rarely obliges – ungrateful beast.

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