I had a story about Tino I was going to post today, but we had a mischief escapade on Saturday that just had to be reported. I’ve told you before that Jack & Maggie are both seniors, so their mischief days are pretty much over. They are both usually very good dogs. But Saturday, I don’t know what got into them, but we had a flurry of mischief that Snoopy et.al. would be proud of.
As is our usual habit, I go to yoga and Steve goes to boot camp on Saturday mornings. I stop at the grocery store for the weekly shopping on the way home and we both usually arrive home mid-morning.
This Saturday, I got home first and let the dogs out. Again, as is normal, they come racing out, run around a bit and then follow me back and forth from the car to the house as I bring in the groceries. Maggie usually makes a side trip to roll in the grass, but Jack stays pretty close. This Saturday, I was hurrying to get the groceries in before Steve got home so I could bring the dogs inside with me.
We have a long driveway and the dogs love nothing more than to run out to greet us and run along side the car as we come in – something that freaks me out and I don’t allow as I’m always afraid we’ll accidentally run over them.
Of course I had no sooner gotten one load of groceries in when Steve pulls into the head of the driveway. I grab Jack and run him into the house before he can see Steve, but Maggie spies him and off she goes up the driveway. I throw Jack in the house with the bag of groceries, my purse and take off after Maggie.
She races up the driveway to the car which Steve has stopped in the driveway, she runs around it and then races back towards me. Before I can grab her she jumps into the open door of my car and makes her way to the back end. I think okay, great, she thinks we’re going for a ride, so I close the car door, but then realize the back end is open for the grocery unloading.
Steve starts down the driveway and I race around to block her from jumping out the back – but of course I’m too late and here’s Maggie taking a flying leap out of the rear end of my SUV. I catch her mid-air because all I can think about is the arthritis in her shoulder and how this leap is going to hurt her. Steve is in motion and while I break her fall somewhat, she wriggles away from me and I scream “STOP”. Luckily, they both heard me. He stops and she stops so that I can grab her and hold onto her until Steve is parked.
All is well, Steve’s parked, Maggie is safe – I’m kind of a wreck, but she didn’t get hurt or hit by the car. I grab the rest of the groceries and walk back into the house…and what do I see? Jack, head first in the grocery bag finishing off the breakfast scones I bought!
It’s like they conspired while we were out to create havoc when we returned! Luckily the rest of our Saturday was calm and peaceful.