Sunday, December 06, 2009

Doggies and toodles

These guys and girls were out in front of the restaurant I lunched at a few days ago. I'm assuming this was a dog walker. So well behaved it seems. But when Frank tried to take a picture, he got snarled at. That reminds me of the big fight I witnessed at the doggie park. A lady came in with her pitbull and kept it on the leash. Georgie was off playing with a golden retriever and the lady was watching them and asked me if the golden was trying to dominate. I said that I thought all dogs tried to dominate in some way, but that they were clearly playing. So she let her dog off the leash and he dashed over to where Georgie and the golden were playing and joined in. A couple minutes later and the terrible dogfight began. It took six of us to get the animals apart, both of them bleeding from the face and neck. Vicious! When they are in fight mode, it seems like it is to the death. Well as soon as we got them apart, I leashed Georgie up and got him out of there. Poor Georgie wouldn't have had a chance against that pitbull. The lady explained that her dog doesn't like to be mounted or dominated and that's why he reacted. The lady with the golden was very upset because it wasn't her dog, it was a neighbor's. Honestly though, if you know your dog might react badly, do not take him to the doggie park.

I got all the Christmas cards done. Had to since we're leaving before dawn on Tuesday. The most expensive part of the process? Postage! I was kinda shocked when I saw it was $55 just for the stamps. Most of my cards go to the states, and a stamp to the states is 98 cents. Plus they add tax on top of it so it's more like $1.10.

We're in preparation mode for vacation again. I've been researching and it seems that little gifts for tipping are greatly appreciated in the undisclosed Caribbean location that we are going to. Sure, money is fine too, but the scarcity of goods makes that money somewhat useless, especially for rationed items, which is basically everything. So I went through the bathroom and collected all the hotel soaps that Serge loves to steal, plus little samples of things I've collected, razors, shampoos, little deodorants. When I showed Serge the bag of stuff I had culled, he said, "You didn't put anything used in there, did you?" Now what kind of moron does he think I am? Of course not! Later, when I was bugging him to go to the store with me so we could pick up other sundry items, he kept putting me off until finally he said, "Don't make me shit, I just want to finish this!" That gave me quite the laugh. Don't make me shit is a very common Quebecker expression that basically means don't annoy me but it doesn't quite translate in English. When I finished laughing I said, "I won't, you can shit any time you like dear."

Okay, this is gonna be it for a spell. They have a business center at the hotel we are staying at so if possible I will update from the undisclosed Caribbean location, most likely drunk. Pictures will have to wait for our return. Until then, here's a lovely shot of our warm Christmas great room. See y'all on the flip side.

24 comments:

Mel said...

In Spanish, a similar phrase is "don't touch my balls", which is most often shortened to "don't touch them". "Don't break them" is also common.

Have fun and don't drink too much rum!

Fresco said...

In French it’s “Ne m’emmerde pas” but I guess you already know this.

Enjoy your holiday in the –ahirm aherm- the undisclosed Caribbean location. :-)

tornwordo said...

In Quebec it's "Ne me fais pas chier." Or the more joual, "Fais moi pas chier."

CoffeeDog said...

Bon voyage!

Rox said...

The dog park lady is insane! You were smart to get out of there. In my neighborhood, everyone has big dogs that they allow to wander around freely much to my annoyance since they like to come in my yard and poop all over. Since my dog is super territorial, I tie him up. Plus, it would take nothing for him to join the gang and try to become the leader, so I'm just protecting him. Wow, that's a long comment about nothing.

Have a good time on your secret getaway!

. said...

Hey have a great trip to the warmer islands of the world!! I can't wait to hear about the trip...have a few drinks for me too!!

wendryn said...

Have a great trip!

A Lewis said...

Absolutely, no question about it, KEEP YOUR DOG ON THE LEASH or out of the communal park if he/she doesn't play well with others. Period. I hate that and there's no excuse. Ugh. HAPPY TRAVELS to your undisclosed location. If you see Michael Jackson or Elvis, say hi please.

Blobby said...

Enjoy the trip. Have fun. Keep warm and safe travels.

truthspew said...

And in Italian there's "Don't bust/break my balls."

I suppose it would annoy Italians that their language is remarkably similar to Spanish. Both romance languages based on Latin.

J-o-h-n-n-y said...

Y'all have a great trip!!!

:)

Rebekah said...

I get so angry when people take their dogs that do not play well with others to off leash parks or beaches. It makes it bad for everyone. God. Charlie got rolled at a dog park in LA, and and when he presented his underbelly/submissive stance, the bigger dog looked like it was going in for lunch.

I blame the lame owners.

Fatinah said...

stay safe and have fun!

anne marie in philly said...

rock on with your bad selves...but who looks after dear georgie?

wcs said...

Bon voyage!

Lemuel said...

Safe travels and lost of fun to you both!

(What was wrong with that woman at the dog park!)

Polt said...

Christmas room looks great! Have a fun and safe trip!

HUGS...

Birdie said...

Your experience at the dog park is why Sophie stays in our back yard or on a leash. She would lose in almost any encounter, and I don't trust the other dog owners to have the good sense to keep their mostly-untrained animals away from mine.

She gets her doggie time at a day camp for dogs. (Even there, a dog attacked her. That dog was banned from the place.) She loves going there, even to board.

Tatiana said...

Since I just returned from the undisclosed Carribean location, may I also suggest any clothing you aren't needing? bad fit, wrong color, etc. all gently used. I find those are some of the most needed items. Maybe ask friends for closet stuff they don't need too... seems like a lot of work now, but when you see how much it's needed... well.

Tatiana said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

I've written a review of our hotel on Trip Advisor, and most of the info is not that hotel specific, but more Cuba specific, so check it out too.

Have an awesome time! You'll love it.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147275-d151592-r50587621-Arenas_Doradas-Varadero_Cuba.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

kb said...

Enjoy your free vacation! Remember, the beautiful decay of the Industrial Midwest still beckons to you!

GayProf said...

Pitbulls universally don't play well with others it seems. What was she thinking?

Safe travels!

LSL said...

Such a lovely tree. And doesn't Georgie just look so content.

I hope you guys have a great time on your trip!

Snooze said...

What beautiful pics! Both of the doggies and your home. Enjoy your vacation.