The Joys of Puppysitting


Yesterday morning I was at the computer writing a blog post and not paying a lot of attention to the wrestling dogs.  I was pet sitting Betsy while Kalissa was at work so Ruby and Betsy got a play day.  The dogs were doing their typical wrestling-nipping and biting, playing tug of war and rough housing.  I didn’t think anything of it until I heard the dog bell on the door ring.  I got up to let the dogs out-came around the corner to this….

Toilet paper all over the kitchen floor….and who is the culprit??  BETSY!!!

Ruby never in her entire life has been attracted to paper or toilet paper…Betsy is drawn to it like a magnet.  She will chew and find anything that resembles paper…a business card, grocery list, scrap of packing, a receipt, quilt designs…anything that is paper and she chews it like CRAZY!!  The dogs were never quiet while they were wrestling so I have no idea how this could have happened in between all the wrestling…and honestly it wasn’t at the computer for more than five minutes before the bell rang!!  Oh Betsy….

She is a little diva dog-that’s for sure.  It seems there is never a dull moment around here.

Ruby that Puppy Sitter


I’ve been taking care of Kalissa’s puppy, Betsy, lots while she is at class.  She’s still little and we don’t want her in the cage all day long so if Kalissa is going to be gone more than 4 hours, Betsy comes and hangs out with me and Ruby.

The two dogs have become amazing pals.  They fight and wrestle.  They play tug of war.  Betsy is a ferocious little fighter full of vim and vigor and Ruby loves it.  Betsy has the cutest little growl and bark to her.  Honestly I can sit and watch them giggling for 10 minutes at a time.

They run and circle the tables and then suddenly all is quiet.   I’ll check on them only to see this.  For the way they were wrestling minutes ago, I’d never believe they could be all snuggled up and sleeping together.


When this happens, I run upstairs and start working on a quilt.  At first I would shut the kennel door as I was worried Betsy would wake and have an accident…but I don’t anymore.  The second Betsy wakes Ruby runs upstairs and gets me.  She doesn’t just come upstairs, she actually will nudge me until I pay attention to her.

I hurry downstairs and Betsy will be awake and just getting out of the kennel.  If Betsy isn’t at our house, Ruby doesn’t do that at all.  I think she’s taking on the role of puppy sitter.

Words can’t tell you how much I think of Ruby.

Those days when she was getting me up at night when she was a pup are totally worth the lost sleep.  I am all for rescue dogs and taking on older dogs but there is something to be said for getting a puppy and training them to your liking….regardless, Ruby is one good dog and one awesome puppy sitter.

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