Thursday, March 15, 2012

Turning the dogs loose

Yesterday we exceeded a weather record here in St. Louis. On March 14, 1971 it was 82 degrees. Yesterday the thermometer reached 86 degrees.

I am so ready to release my puppies. Would it be terribly wrong of me to just turn them loose and let them run the town? They have been barking for days, they want to be freed, but I am using retraint. They aren't cute young pups anymore; in fact they are old dogs. You know old dogs have problems, and it wouldn't be fair of me to release them on the unsuspecting.

First I'm going to have to groom them, take care of their paw pads which are in need of some Burt's Bees. Trim a wild hair or two, might even paint their nails just for fun. I'm like the dogs, I want to scamper, leap, trot, roll in the grass, but with my luck, I'd roll in a pile of something smelly.

So, I am going to tweeze that wild big toe hair, paint my nails, moisturize my heels and ease my old dogs into a pair of flip flops. That cute T.V. meteorologist promised an entire week of 80+ degrees days. I'm so excited, I am yapping and chasing my own tail. If that weather dude were here in my house, I'd lick his cheek and sit pretty.

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Bookie said...

This so cute, Linda, but I confess I thought the puppies you were releasing were...well, not your toes. This weather...still extreme although nice. I defrosted my deep freeze yesterday--in March!

Kim Lehnhoff said...

Like Bookie, I was thinking of another body part at first. I was imagining the relief when "the girls" are untethered...though I would never want mine to run free.

Karen Lange said...

Ah yes, it seems spring (or summer?) has arrived here too. No dogs to release, but I will go outside and play with my grandson today. :)

Susan said...

Oh Linda, that was a GOOD one. At first I thought, "Oh, I didn't know Linda had dogs." Then, as I read more and more, I realized you were talking about your feet. Ha ha! Good post. Thanks for the submission info. You're the best! Susan

Joanne Noragon said...

Got me, too. Any time you want to take off the collar and let 'em run is a good time.

Pearl said...

Let your dogs run free -- and that includes your feet!!

80 up here in Minneapolis tomorrow. For March, it really is just wrong.

But I won't turn it down.


Sioux Roslawski said...

I'm with Bookie and Kim. I thought the puppies you were going to release were the droopy dogs...the same kind of puppies I let loose every evening when I walk into the house and take off my bra.

Pat Wahler said...

Let 'em run free, Linda!

Critter Alley

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I must confess that I knew right away you were referring to feet. Because I had the same idea here! I even scored a new pair of flip flops at the local Alco. Nothing like the sound of shoe sole slapping your heels to announce the ariival of warm weather!

BECKY said...

Yep, I knew they were your feet, too! (Maybe we have to be a certain age to remember hearing feet being referred to as "dogs!" AND I know how much you love to be in sandals, flip-flops, etc. BUT LINDA....if you DO know what will happen, don't you?? You'll jinx the weather!! Be VERY careful with your powers!! :)

Val said...

Fished in! Excellent! Ya got me!

Janet Smart said...

I hope you and your puppies ran free this week. The weather is gorgeous here too. Except for right now, it is raining. Thanks for the shout outs about all the submission calls.

Donna Volkenannt said...

Cute, cute, cute!
You are so clever.