Thursday, November 15, 2007

puppies (cute): old folks (weird)

After watching the mother jump straight up and down 4 feet into the air 8 times in quick succession, I am quite certain that I would not care to have Jack Russell terriers in the house. I do, however, have to admit that the puppies are pretty adorable.

A few hearts were broken by puppy breath and little snuggly bodies that day.
Even the birthday girl was charmed. Mind you that wasn't really all that surprising to anyone who has ever heard Jerry's mom pronounce her feelings on the cat/dog debate:

"I am not for cat; cat are scary. I am for dog."

In fact we had a standing assignment last weekend to see how many times we could get Lena to tell the story about the time she met our cat:

"He have my whole hand in his mouth! I think Jerry have to drive me to hospital!"

We proclaimed the aforementioned mission a success with a total of four recountings of the hand in the mouth story along with five actual physical demonstrations of the alleged hand swallowing.

For the record, our cat's jaw does not unhinge like a snake's.
The puppies were sure cute, though.

Some other notable Lena-isms from the weekend include:

"I am not for muffin. Too wet. I am for bread and I leave out a few days first so is nice and dry. Old people are like that, you know."

Damn cute puppies, though, eh?

And on the topic of getting old, here's a sample conversation:

Lena (in funeral director voice, designed to elicit sympathy): "You know, BarBEARa, I can't eat much anymore. I only eat 3 times now."

Barb (after pause): "Per day?"

Lena: "Yes, but you know sometimes I have some nuts. Or some chips."

We all agreed the puppies were awfully cute, though.
especially when they snuggled up into your neck and snuffled their way to sleep


Allison said...

There are actually tears in my eyes, I'm laughing so hard at your mother-in-law's comments. Especially at the eating 3 times a day, and I love how the cat story came accompanied with a demonstration. Priceless.

And yes, those puppies are darn cute. Glad the trip was a success.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I could write a book on her idioms alone, Al. She's pretty outrageous. And far too easy to goad into telling the cat story one more time. We really should be ashamed of ourselves. But we're not.

Anonymous said...


Oh yeah and the puppies are cute...


JustRun said...

That's great! What a trip. And puppies, OMG, puppies!
(I hardly ever do the OMG, but it's puppies!)

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

puppies! and funny old people!

what a good start to my friday morning...

668 aka neighbour of the beast said... my word verification contained the word "pub" :)

Beth said...

I am for puppy!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

But you can see why we were pretty glad to get home again after only two days, Blondie?

If there's anything that can elicit an OMG, it's got be be puppies. This may get me kicked out of the I Am For Cat society, Justrun, but they are even cuter than kittens.

You realize what it all means, don't you, 668? That you should grab your puppy and your crazy old neighbour and hit the pub for lunch. At least I think that's what it means.

Hey, you speak crazy old Polish lady, Beth! Can I give Jer's mom your phone number for daily conversations?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I gotta admit I'm with the mother in law on this one, dogs rule.

justacoolcat said...

As an old friend says in times of conflict resolution "I like puppies. Do you like puppies?"

Dale said...

I want a puppy now!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She doesn't like the little jumpy ones though, Dr M, and I'm with her on that point. The best combination would be 2 cats and 1 big dog per household.

How does your friend like them, Just A? I am partial to baked.

I am putting one in the mailbox right now, Dale. Please open the envelope immediately.

Berni said...

Darn cute puppies, but I am for Sheltie. How I knew I was getting old? The best day of the year is not Christmas, not my birthday, but The Day We Turn Back The Clock!

BeckEye said...


My roommate has a Jack Russell and he's a sweetie. The thing that drives me the most nuts about living with him is that he sheds an unbelievable amount for such a smooth-haired dog. My sister has a Westie with tons of hair and he doesn't shed at all. It's a weird world.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

YES! I am so with you on that one, Berni! It's even better than Hallowe'en now and that's saying a lot.
Shelties (or Nomie dogs as we call them) are wonderful.

That is weird, Beckeye. I wonder if it's a metabolism thing? You know, Jack Russells buzz so much that they shake the hair right out of its follicle. How can you tell I majored in physiology? Answer: because I make stuff up.

New and Used Records said...

Puppies are adorable - but I think that's because they look like cats.

She's Crafty said...

soo cute those puppies. I once had a neighbour's russel escape over to my house. He was so exited by his adventure that he did a little wiggle dance in my kitchen and finished off peeing on my floor. He was soo adorable that I couldn't be mad even for a second.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Spoken like a true cat guy, Will! Bravo!

The visuals are pretty spectacular on that tale, Serah! Dogs sure can get worked up, whereas a cat would just sorta say meh.

phlegmfatale said...

Jack Russells are the crack pipe of puppydom. They get you hooked before you find out what spazzy holy terrors they are. 16 years down the line, I'm still loving mine, but I doubt I'll have what it takes to take on another JRT in this lifetime. Something slower, next time. Do slugs come in puppy form?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I sort of suspected it was all a sham, Phlegmfatale, judging from their insane mother and aunt.