Let me tell you about the two newest additions to our extended family: Toby and Tyler.
I got a call a couple of weeks ago from my father-in-law announcing that he and my mother-in-law were just getting back from getting a new puppy. At first I thought they were kidding, but the more he went on about it, the more I realized that he wasn't joking and they actually bought a dog.
Now, let me tell you... in my opinion this was not a smart choice. My mother-in-law isn't very mobile. My father-in-law is due to have eye surgery in several weeks. It should also be mentioned that they've never had a dog, let alone a puppy. And, they are not "dog" people. At all.
In his phone conversation he mentioned, "We have named him Toby, but Faith and Lucy can rename him if they want."
So, yeah... I've determined that they pretty much got the dog to lure the girls over to their house. They bought the dog FOR THE GIRLS... not for themselves. That's never a good reason to bring a pet into a home.
This is not going to end well. At all.
Later on in the week, we went over to meet Toby. He is a cute, a tiny little Bichon-Friese of a furball that liked to play with the girls toes. And apparently, his bodily functions are all ok... God knows we heard ALL ABOUT THEM while we were over visiting.
I did leave their thinking that maybe this dog is a good thing. The inlaws do need a hobby, and the more consumed they are with the dog, the less consumed they will be in my life. Yeah... this could work.
Fast forward to last Saturday... I get a voicemail from my father-in-law announcing that THEY GOT ANOTHER DOG! His name is Tyler. He is a little older than Toby by about a month or two, and he was cheap.
Ok, does anyone else see any red flags here?
Is buying a dog because IT'S A GOOD DEAL seem not right to anyone else?
Is the fact that this dog was left longer than all of the other dogs a good thing?
Maybe the fact that the dog is screwed up and that's why he was left longer than the others the reason he was a "good deal"?
In the words of Greg, "They got ANOTHER dog? This sounds like the beginning to a bad Animal Hoarders episode." I so hope he is wrong... but I kind of agree with him.
When they got Tyler home, he was a bit too curious for his own good. Of course their house isn't dog proofed. At all. (add it to the reasons they should not have a dog)
So, earlier this week Greg's mom unfortunately had to be rushed to the emergency room (she is doing much better now, and was not admitted), however, his dad was freaking out about the dogs. Someone needed to feed and water them.
Guess who got the call.
I schlepped the girls 30 minutes north after an already hectic day to go feed and water two dogs (I ignored the huge mess they made while confined in the kitchen), and then we finally made it home for the first time that evening after 7pm for the girls to get started on their homework.
The whole time we were there, the dogs barked, howled, yelped, yipped, and made all kinds of sounds. I could so tell that Tyler was a bad influence on Toby, and that this situation is not going to end well.
I did get an email from the inlaws earlier today which advised, that, "The team of T&T (dynamite) appears to be coming along fine with pooping and peeing on the pads." Goodness knows I've been wondering about their bodily functions.
I'm not a fan of this situation. At all.