Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our Dog Katie

Years ago, Sexy Nerd and I had the brilliant idea to get a dog to keep me company while he was away at school in Michigan. We chose a Jack Russell terrier, which was the worst possible choice considering that I lived in an apartment, was a full time student, and was working a full time job, including a 6:30am-midnight shift every Sunday. Katie had energy to burn, and with no yard to run through and no companions, she put her excess energy to mischievous uses.


Example 1 (just 1 of many!): My Birthday

Sexy Nerd was away in Michigan, so he sent me a bouquet of tulips. I set them in a vase on my dining table, then continued to study for a chemistry test I had that afternoon. It's baffling how bad I am at chemistry, especially when you consider the massive chunk of my UNM classes that involved it (including labs, I think I took 10 chemistry classes! I still know pretty much no chemistry whatsoever.) I said good bye to Katie, went to school, miserably failed my test that I'd studied all day for (on my birthday!) and returned home. Needless to say, I was feeling stressed out.

How did my sweet little dog welcome me home? Katie had jumped onto a dining chair and onto the table, where she'd knocked over the vase, spilling water on everything, including my textbooks and notebooks. She had grabbed as many tulips as she could and scattered their remains throughout my apartment. Then, she disappeared underneath the bed so that I couldn't even have the satisfaction of yelling at her!

Sexy Nerd took this photo one night when he'd gotten up to get a drink of water. She was just hanging out in the tub at 2am!
Example 2: Sexy Nerd's Pizza

Back from school, Sexy Nerd was ready to leave for work one day when he realized that he had forgotten his pager in the other room. He set his briefcase down on the coffee table and left. Inside his briefcase was his lunch: a cold personal pan pizza, inside the personal pan pizza box, wrapped in a tied plastic bag. Surely, you know where I am headed with this.

When Sexy Nerd returned less than a minute later, Katie had gotten his pizza out of his briefcase, out of the bag, and out of its box. She ate it beneath our futon, where Sexy Nerd couldn't reach her, while growling at him.

Despite Katie being a tiny terror, she was still loved...though Sexy Nerd is stubborn about admitting it. Sadly, we left Katie with Sexy Nerd's grandmother when we went away for Christmas and she got out of the house. In typical Jack Russell fashion, she bolted down the street, and was never seen again. We're fairly certain she was eaten by coyotes.

Sexy Nerd may complain about all the trouble Katie caused, but really, how could anyone not love this dog?

She was so tiny that I made her sweaters out of socks!



Katie even had a scrunchy "feather boa".

Deep down, I know Sexy Nerd loved her.

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