The Bully

No amount of preparation for our move could have prepared me for the unexpected event of last Monday.  I had worked so hard to ensure that Jellybean would successfully transition to our new home with such things as frequent visits prior to the move and bringing blankets and beds into the new house without being laundered so that familiar smells would follow.  Meeting and greeting new neighbors, of both the two and four-legged variety, was also high on our list.  All went well with that, until a meet and greet went bad.  It started quite normally.  Body language determined that both dogs were interested in meeting.  Tails were wagging and they were speaking to each other as dogs do.  Remember, Jellybean is a therapy dog and she attends doggie day care on a regular basis.  She seemed very comfortable with this dog.  If not, she would have circled back to stand behind my legs.  They sniffed and circled, tails still wagging, when suddenly the other dog latched on to her ear with his teeth. It all happened so fast, I still cannot determine when the other dog’s disposition changed.  There was lots of yipping from Jellybean as the owner pulled his dog back and I picked up Jellybean and held her close to my frantically beating heart.  An evening in the animal ER and four stitches later, with a report to the local police and Jellybean is doing just fine.  She adores the attention she is receiving from our neighbors, as they call her “our hero” for reporting the dog who bit her.  It appears that this particular dog is a bully and has gone after others before.  While Jellybean basks in all the glorious attention, I privately wish someone had reported it previously so that she would not have had to go through a sedation, sutures, pain pills and two weeks of antibiotics.  Cheeseburgers and ice cream are the ticket, however,  for hiding the medication, and she is eating it up, literally!  Whatever it takes, right? Jellybean, ever the happy go-lucky pup, doesn’t seem to mind wearing her cone.  My personal thought is that because she is so used to wearing sweaters, jackets, pajamas, hats, etc. she simply thinks it is just another piece of apparel to add to her ever growing closet.  Here’s to our new home and neighborhood, and perhaps a higher level of awareness in the meet and greet department!

Beverly Stiffler Smith

Children’s Author

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The Move

the move

Moving day has finally arrived.  Just how much stuff will my little diva dog, aka “Jellybean”, need to pack you ask?  You may be sorry you asked, as you know Jellybean is not your ordinary four-legged pal.  Well, here goes…….

  • 49 assorted doggie coats, jackets, sweaters, hoodies
  • 4 holiday dresses
  • 2 ball caps
  • 1 knitted winter hat
  • 1 bomber winter hat
  • 1 pair of doggie snow boots
  • 6 pair of doggie pajamas
  • 54 assorted stuffed, squeaky, and chewy toys
  • 11 bones of various sizes
  • 15 balls: tennis, talking, rope, fill with a treat
  • 5 antlers for chewing
  • 3 doggie beds
  • 7 doggie blankets
  • 2 lamb Pillow Pets
  • 14 leashes with matching collars
  • Backpack filled with items needed for KPets’ visits
    • Pink water bottle
    • Water bowl
    • 2 KPets bandanas
    • Folder with shot records and member information
    • KPets certificate
    • ID badge for handler (that would be me)
    • Treats
    • Small towel
    • Poop bags
    • 3 four-foot leashes to use with martingale collar
  • 3 extra-large bath towels
  • 1 dozen colorful washcloths
  • Doggie shampoo
  • Doggie conditioner
  • Metal comb
  • Brush
  • Grooming spray
  • Waterless bath spray
  • Bag of mini rubber bands
  • 2 dozen assorted hair bows/barrettes
  • Doggie toothbrush
  • Doggie toothpaste
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Extra large crate
  • Bag of large crunchy bones
  • 4 jars of miscellaneous treats
  • 1 bag of dental treats
  • 1 bag of dog food
  • 4 dog water/food bowls
  • Minnie Mouse lunch box
  • Snoopy Lunch box
  • Vera Bradley lunch bag (What can I say?  A girl’s got to look good walking into doggy daycare)
  • Doggie car seat w/harness
  • Book collection:
    • Naughty Little Puppy
    • The Perfect Hiding Place
    • Sloppy Kisses
  • A doggie plaque for the front garden
  • A wall plaque:  Jellybean Queen
  • Framed pictures of the little Diva herself

Wow!  That’s a lot of stuff for a puppy that doesn’t even weigh 20 pounds!  Jellybean is living the good life for sure!  It looks like her Mama might be one of those crazy dog ladies.  And that’s okay, because this is one well-loved little puppy that spreads joy and sloppy kisses wherever she goes!  Into the wagon goes Jellybean with her belongings following close behind.  How exciting it will be to see Jellybean adjust to her new home, exploring all the nooks and crannies and finding her new special sunning spot.

Beverly Stiffler Smith

Children’s Author

Check out my books here! 

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