OK, about 2 weeks ago I was sifting through my blogs, and I noticed that practically every other one was about my dog, Lola. So I decided not to post about her for awhile, because although I love the little bitch more than words, I already think I talk about her waaaaay more than is considered socially normal. I don’t want to be one of “those” people, if you catch me.
Recently, the same conversation has come up twice in the pub (with different people)- the conversation about your bond with your dog. I don’t think that anyone can really understand the bond between dog and owner unless you are a dog-owner (or a dog maybe). You just wouldn’t get it- it’s strong, and deep, and I would do ANYTHING for my dog. Dog owners in the conversation agree, while non dog-owners just kind of smile and nod and probably think- “There she goes again talking about her dog”.
The question that starts the conversation is: “If it were between you and your dog facing a crocodile, would you run and leave the dog, or would you sacrifice yourself for the dog.” Need I give my answer here? Of course I would throw myself in front of the crocodile to save my dog. Non dog owners just kind of smile and suck their teeth like, “Woooooooo, I dunno about that……”
I often think in anguish (years prematurely) of what will happen when Lola dies. There is a 99% chance (if all goes well for me) that I will outlive her, as Cavaliers only live 7 to 12 years, and already this is something that I stress about. I rue the day, to be honest. It makes me sad to think that, but it keeps popping in there- what the hell am I ever going to do without her?
So, when I hear the same opinion from other dog-owners- that they would throw themselves in front of the croc to save their dog- I get all warm and fuzzy because I know I’m not the only one, and that the bond that I have with Lola is luckily shared by others.
Here I am on a Friday night, just me and Lola, and I’m staying in tonight and pre-menstrual so already a bit….tender in the head shall we say? And I come across this, which makes me cry big fat crocodile tears like I don’t remember when, and want to hug my dog even tighter, if thats possible.
And I want to hug this guy too, because this guy is part of my club, and he just gets it. He just fucking gets it.
Today I went walking the dog, I nearly cried while watching a rowing race down one of the canals. The tears actually welled up in my eyes. I am such an emotional wreck these days, and I have no idea why! (Not PMS- don’t even go there)
Perhaps it was the waning hangover, but one can never be sure.
In other news, I am writing this on my laptop, which is perched on my knees as I sit on the toilet. Ain’t technology grand??????
(Go ahead and play the video below while you read this blog, so you can get the feel for these guys.)
A few months ago, Dave got this song in his head (below) and couldn’t get it out for about 6 weeks. He whistled the tune until everyone in a 2 mile radius caught on, and the entire section of the city where we are living were also whistling the catchy tune, much to their chagrin/surprise/delight.
OK, maybe thats a stretch, but I caught all three of us in the apartment whistling it one day. Its really that catchy.
So when we found out that they were coming in concert, we went ahead and bought tickets. They were playing upstairs in the Paradiso, a teeny little room for acts that won’t fill the huge downstairs room (formerly a church). We had found a few more of their songs online, so we were expecting a laid-back, nouveau hippy concert. We were excited for something new, but expectations were low, to be honest.
Last night, they really blew those expectations out of the water. They’re three Swedish guys named: (are you ready?): Peter, Bjorn and John. And they had such energy up on stage. You could tell that they really were enjoying themselves- bopping their heads, dancing around, laughing and smiling at eachother, and in between songs there was a lot of joking around.
And the great thing was that all of their songs were SO much better than I was expecting! None of the songs we had heard of theirs previously really did them any justice. They rocked out last night, and EVERYONE was left smiling in the whole room when they finished.
If you’ve never heard of these guys, GO check them out! They’re adorably wonderful and quirky and you won’t be disappointed.