Unlike some four-legged members of this household, my Ryder is not a chewer.
Even as a puppy, she never really chewed anything up or destroyed any of her toys. Instead, she’s always been something of a kleptomaniac.
Well, I guess it’s more that she likes to borrow things and snuggle with them.
I remember when she was a puppy, items would disappear around my apartment. Socks, shoes, bras (lots of bras), slippers… and when I found them I would usually find Ryder, too, her little head snuggled against them.
She never ruined any of these items; she just wanted to be with them.
To this day, she still does this. As a Lab, she is contractually obligated to present us with a toy whenever we enter the house. So if a shoe or a sandal is the only thing she can find at the moment she needs to bring us something, so be it. And usually said shoe or sandal will end up with her under her favorite spot, our dining room table.
Yesterday Audrey brought her 4 boys over for a little visit. William and Alex call my living room “Janie’s toy room” because it has two bins of dog toys in it. Playing in my “toy room” basically means that they take every toy out of the two bins and throw them at each other. At least they’re (mostly) soft. And of course, when they think we’re not looking, they’ll put some of the toys in their mouths and crawl around on all fours “like the puppies.”
In any case, this morning Audrey called while she was getting William dressed for school and asked if she had left William’s shoes at my house. I looked around the house and quickly found one of William’s shoes in my kitchen, next to one of mine.
I didn’t see his other shoe at first, but I had an idea about where it could be.
So I looked under the table and what did I see?
I mean, really. How cute is my baby girl?
Do you see why I have to give her at least, like, a million kisses each day?