Home is Where the Harlow is

Friday, December 20, 2013

Anyone notice who's been missing around here? The one and only Harlow.


I haven't seen my Har-Har since November 12th when I dropped him off in Nebraska for camp at Chris's parents house. And the reason I haven't been talking about it you might wonder? Because it makes me miss him too damn much.  I simply won't let me mind go there because when I talk about him or post photos I get way too tempted to jump in my car and make a seventeen hour round trip in a day just to get my little guy. But that's not exactly the most practical thing to do, so instead I just block it from my mind and focus on other things completely.

But now that I'm only 24 hours away from grabbing my little Harvey's ears and holding him on my lap I am officially letting myself get excited. I took Har to Nebraska the week before we left for Cabo because he simply can't do doggy hotels in Chicago, we've tried. We took him to one for three days and when we came home he was a different dog. For the following week or so after I picked him up he wouldn't leave my side, even more so than usual. I think that if I would have offered to put him in a baby bjorn and carry him around 24/7 he would have agreed to it. I tried to take him to the same place roughly six months later just for a day visit while we were moving (I don't know what I was thinking) and he absolutely freaked out and refused to get out of the car. And so I didn't drop him off that day and I said I never would again.

And then there's also the fact that Chris's parents absolutely spoil him in Nebraska. Harlow eats better than I do when he goes to camp. Chris's mom has him eating some special dog food that has to be kept in the fridge that you can only buy at Whole Foods and probably costs more than the chicken I buy at Trader Joes. I wouldn't be surprised if she's taught him to actually ask for it he loves it so much. She also sends us updates all the time of what Har has been up to with his cousin, Vandal. Vandal used to be the naughty one, now it's pretty clear it's Harlow. When they are together they are literally like two ornery cousins who drive each other crazy but also have the best time in the world together.


What could be more fun for a dog than running through open fields of snow chasing birds and deer? I think he might miss me, but then again I bet he's probably too busy being a dog to even notice.


Would you look at that smile on his face? He's happy. So even though I miss him terribly, I know that an extended stay in Nebraska is probably good for him to stretch his city legs a bit. But after being away from him this long I've realized that a house without a dog just feels empty.  So Harlow I'm coming to get ya, it's time to make this house whole again.

Happy weekend and happy holidays!

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19 comments:

  1. He is so damn cute! I can't imagine how much you miss him!

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  2. He is so cute! I couldn't go without my pups! I can't wait for you to have your pup back!

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  3. Aw hes adorable! I love dogs and its so true.. a house without a dog does feel empty. I love coming home from school and getting some love from my dog!

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  4. one word: AWWWWW!

    More words: you're such a good fur-mom. Seriously.

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  5. i'm so excited for y'all to be reunited!

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  6. AW! I dont know how you can go that long with out him, but you're right, I'm sure camp nebraska is good every once in awhile for that sweet pup :)

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  7. Aww Im happy you two will be reunited! I cant imagine being without my Porkchop for that long.

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  8. Omg that picture of him with his cousin, so awesome! He is so darn cute, I can only imagine how much you miss him because I'd go nuts without my pup for that long!

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  9. Tomorrow will be like Christmas morning for you!
    Give Harlow a big hug from all of us who have missed him on this part of the internet!

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  10. Awwww I can't imagine how much you miss him, but I am so excited you get to go be with him now! So exciting!! :)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  11. My aunt and uncle had a bad experience with a dog hotel too, with their labrador. They said she was just there for a weekend but she came back a different dog! She was all mopey and curled up in corners and very quiet and mellow... it took her a couple days to get back to her normal self. She also had a little patch of shaved hair on one of her legs! And when they confronted the staff about it, everyone denied knowing anything! So needless to say, they definitely don't take their dog there anymore.

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  12. I'm sure you didn't miss going out in the cold to let him go to the bathroom though :) Glad you two will be reunited!

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  13. Look how happy he is!! I love that smile!! Yay for being reunited, I bet he is dying to snuggle you up!!

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  14. I was wondering where the pretty boy was! Awh, but I bet he's still a city boy deep down! (And a mama's boy...)

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  15. I don't know what I would do going so long without my fur babies in the house. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Much love, Jess.

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  16. Aw, beautiful pup. My sister has had bad experiences with really nice pet hotels as well and her miniature Schnauzer came back a different dog. You just never know what's going to happen with the caretakers or other dogs while you're away!

    Also, I'm the same way with feeding my German Shepherd haha. That dog eats better than I do most days! Love the Fromm brand but I mostly just feed him human grade meat and wild fish and game my brother catches :)
    x atelier zozo

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  17. How sweet! I am glad he is coming home tomorrow! My mom totally spoils Penny, my puppy, she is seems sad when I do not do things like my mom. Shesh these grandparents.

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  18. Goodness I don't think I could be away from my Vizsla that long! (Or my Weim). Kudos to you. I probably would have cried every day without my adorable red crazy cuddle bug. I'm so happy you'll be reunited soon. I'm positive he missed you and will he happy to see you!

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  19. Cute! We board our dogs (yellow labs) at the vet when we travel and they go absolutely nuts in the car when they realize we're at the vet...because they love it that much. I think they're depressed to come back home because their they usually get to play with other puppies and share a massive hall like crate.

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