A Dog Named Harlow

Monday, June 15, 2015

I have been extra obsessed with this guy lately, like more so than usual. Which probably isn't a good thing because my relationship with my dog might already be borderline unhealthy.

The other day Chris said he wants to secretly record what Harlow and I do all day just to see how much I talk to him. I told him he probably shouldn't because it might freak him out. I carry on full conversations with Harlow for hours at a time.

Chris got just a little taste of this last week when I accidentally sent him a 14 second voice text that went something like this,

"Should we eat lunch? Yea? Okay good, I'm hungry too. Then we'll go to the park? Well first I'll do some work, then park? Yea, good idea. Oh Harvey Charvey. You're so smart... So so smart."

The convo went on longer. Thankfully the unintentional voice text did not. Speaking of voice texts, bad idea, Apple. Very bad idea. Those can really get someone into a pickle.

I swear I'm getting at something here- besides the fact Harlow is my best friend and I just don't understand how some people can treat their animals like they do when they're such great creatures full of love and loyalty... Anyway.

What I'm getting at is the reason I've been extra clingy lately with Har is probably because of this video. I'd seen it circulating for a few days but was too scared to watch. But then I did.

Oh man. Have you seen it yet? It's a doozy. But a good kind of doozy. The kind that has you crying and smiling and laughing, but mostly crying.

The film makes you want to hug your dogs a little longer. Maybe not get so mad at them when they jump on you when you come home because they're just that excited to see your face. Put your phone down and spend a little more time actually being with them.

It makes me sad to think about the dogs who want this bond but are never given the chance because they're left outside all day. Or in a cage. Or just completely on their own. It's not the life they're meant to have.

But it's not my intention to go down that road today. Must not get dark on a Monday. Instead let me leave you with a ridiculous photo of Harlow smiling like an idiot. What you can't see is that he's actually sitting on Chris's lap. Because Harlow prefers laps to anything. What 70lb pound dog doesn't?

Last PSA and then we can all get on with our week. It's getting hot outside. Too hot for animals to be left out all day long in the scorching heat. If you see this going on, report it.

When it comes to animal neglect, I most definitely poke my nose in others people business. Call me a busy body, I don't really care. If it's going to help a dog not die of heat exhaustion I'm okay with being annoying.

Damn, this post turned preachy. Monday mornings, man. They'll get you. That being said, have a good week!


  1. What a cutie! I totally understand about having a borderline unhealthy obsession with your dog. My husband and I got married and went on our honeymoon last month and I swear talked about how much we miss our dog more than we talked about anything else. We've also talked about setting up a video camera while we're at work to see what Leia does all day. I'm sure she naps 99% of the time, but it would still be entertaining!

  2. If I was home with my Chewie all day I'd probably have the exact same conversation. I talk to him a lot, too.

  3. Oh yeah, I carry on full conversations with Cooper too, but so does my Mom which my Dad just rolls his eyes at! & yeah, I have no problem breaking a window to save a dog from heat stroke. #sorrynotsorry

  4. I love that video...so well done. I should think about what places I will take Matilda when that time comes...actually, no, i can't think about that. I'd like to believe she'll live forever, but I noticed in some pictures from this weekend that she is getting a little gray. :( She'll still always be my little puppy.

    Nothing crazy about full conversations with your dog. I'm sure Harvey has a million "voices" that he responds with too, right?

  5. I'm beyond borderline crazy over mine. Fo' serious. Can't even. Plus talk about HOT? We've had heat indices of 105+ the past two days, and the NEXT two days, it'll clear 110. Pup is CLEARLY inside, chilling in the A/C, probably on the couch, while we're at work. It's HIS house you know, we just pay for it...

  6. Oh dear that video was soo touching. I just shared it with so many people. Sigh dogs are the best. PS i have full on conversations with my dog. He lives with my parents and theres enough guilt about that. Love this post girl.

  7. I'm super passionate about this issue. I actually took an animal law class in college and my final paper was ten pages on why service animals should have rights, since they're treated as employees. But really I consider all dogs equal to humans (sometimes superior) and think it's super fucked up that if someone kills your dog it's not considered murder.

  8. I keep seeing that video but haven't yet watched it - I get too weepy! (No shame, I talk to my dog like he's a person, too)


  9. I can't watch the animal videos anymore....good or bad. Especially bad. It hurts my heart too much. Just thinking about it makes me want to run home and snuggle with my two goofy bulldogs. PSA all you want. Some people just have no clue!

  10. I talk to my cats all the time. My cat Harley meows back at me all the time. I swear she knows what I'm saying. I think animals should have the same rights as humans. But, I do think the law is getting better about protecting animals.

  11. Like the commenter above, I talk to Lumen constantly and she meows back constantly. and she also "trills" - a cross between a purr and a meow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqWFDXVonqc I recorded her in my old apartment a few years ago. Still cracks me up.

  12. Oh, man, now I have tears running down my face because I want to love all the poor pups. I just bought a portable water bowl for ours so they can take a break during our long walks.

  13. I have conversations with my roommate's dogs. I didn't think it was weird until I started answering for them.

  14. I'm pretty sure I've had almost the exact same conversation with my dog. More than once. And I've read the story about that film but haven't watched it yet because I haven't yet mustered the emotional strength to get through it.