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Two Dogs, One Heart

Two Dogs, One Heart
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Just as I cannot explain Mayday’s illness and recovery, I cannot explain this either. I had felt extremely guilty about Mayday getting sick as I suspected that it was somehow tied to Harriet’s arrival into this household. Friends told me I was being silly but I never saw anything like the way Mayday reacted to Harriet. If a dog could hold its nose, she would have. And she was angry with me. When I walked into the room, she would get up and leave. Rather than sleep with me, which she has for all of her 13 years, she slept on the couch.

There was no doubt in my mind that Mayday was very angry with me about bringing this little pest into our house, into her comfortable life. And I felt all this had caused her to be sick.

Harriet was not mean or vicious. She was just a puppy who wanted to play. She always approached Mayday with tail wagging a mile a minute. But Mayday was pretty firm. No way, you little intruder! Get lost!

So I don’t know whether a week in the hospital made us all look a lot more attractive but Mayday is more open to the idea of Harriet as friend. When Harriet gets to be too much, Mayday lets her know. But they have found their way and spend most mornings tussling on the porch. I hope it lasts.

In one short week, Mayday has regained her lost weight and looks like herself again, pink cheeks and all. Harriet is happy to have her friend home. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the chicken and rice or maybe just that old thing about absence making the heart grow fonder. Whatever, it certainly has made my heart feel a lot better.


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6 Responses to Two Dogs, One Heart

  1. K Lech June 29, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Your little dogs are so sweet! I’m glad Mayday is feeling better and that she is warming to Harriet!

  2. patricia zegarelli June 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    So happy to hear that Mayday is back to herself. May your little family enjoy much happiness.

  3. S. D. Santaniello June 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    Welcome home Mayday! I had a cat once, Sasha, who had me a to herself for years and when I introduced a new kitten, Erin Murphy she was not at all pleased. One night she was chased off the bed by the bouncy new kitten, her response was a growl of indignation and pronounced (however fake) limp. Eventually they became friends but not without a lot of indignation by Sasha. Glad that all is well now for the three of you.

  4. Janet Peterssen July 1, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Boy do you ever have a classic case of mothers guilt, whether it is bringing home a new baby or a new puppy the feelings are the SAME!!!! In the end, it is just another bigger, happy family as you are seeing first hand. I am a big fan of your writings – it is certainly the first thing I read when I receive Yankee magazine – you are very talented!!! Have fun with your growing family.

  5. nancy kelly July 1, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    Edie, just logged on to your blog for the firsst time, I love it… I loved your books.

  6. annie Gloss July 28, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

    i am sooooooo glad to read this. had no idea mayday was sick and am very happy she is well now. they are adorable, edie! looks like mayday now has the friend who will help her navigate older age – a true blessing when the time comes. hugs to all.

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