Ever look across the room and ask yourself, “How in the world did I get lucky enough to have that dog in my house?”
That’s what I felt when I saw that Wednesday Louise Wagstaff Arden Powell had flopped all 65 pounds of herself across the lap of my SlumberSpouse Martha. They really were enjoying that recliner, both of them out like lights.
Martha has asked me -- with intensity -- to no longer post snoozing photos of her, so to avoid getting put on the "Naughty List," I’ve cropped my sleeping beauty out of this photo. I'm just spotlighting Wendy in our weekend edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap.
They belong together -- Martha named her. Martha saved her. This formerly little dog was about halfway through puppyhood when Martha, almost home from work, saw her trying to keep up with two people alongside busy Polk Street. Martha, prepared to lecture about unleashed dogs in dangerous places, pulled over and asked, “Is that your dog?” and the two explained that she hung around the apartment complex where people treated her badly. These two said they always tried to take her with them when they walked somewhere so she’d not have to worry about being mistreated -- at least for a little while.
The rest is history, as you can see here. Wendy may be a Boxer/Pointer mix -- she has the thicker muzzle with possible Boxer influence and the slim belly and hips of some kind of Pointer. We quit trying to figure her family tree years ago but when you see an angel on top of a tree, think Wendy.
The third photo was snapped Friday evening after Martha came home from work and sat in the recliner to check her email and read. That’s Wendy, looking broader in the beam than she is, and snoozing while Martha reads.
In the background, you see our Christmas tree and, on the wall, a portrait Martha painted of our late household anchor, Inky, the Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas. That painting is called “Confetti Inky.” He and Wendy were friends for years. Two unwanted dogs who enjoyed being wanted in a house that also embraces previously unwanted cats.
If you don't have one or don't have enough, find yourself an unwanted dog or cat and make 'em wanted. It's a blessing for humans.
[As the Christmas season moves along, send photos of your slumbering pals -- dogs, cats, reindeer...whatever you’ve got --- to email@example.com. We created Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap on May 14, 2005, to demonstrate to people that a sleeping animal in your home is an honor. It indicates trust, love and a belief that “home” means “home.” Also, the slumbering animals inspire insomniacs to believe that they, too, can get precious sleep if, for example, they can find the right lap in a recliner. Wendy is demonstrating that theory in action.]
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