Harlow's Morning Routine

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Harlow is an odd duck. I'm quite certain he has more rituals and routines than the average human.


For example every night he goes into his cozy cave, aka his bed before the bed, around 9 p.m. He sleeps in the very back of it, until around 10:30 p.m. when he comes to the front, all sleepy eyed and groggy and looks to Chris and I to see if it's "real bedtime" yet.

If we're still watching TV I'll say, "you can go to bed Har," and then he'll get up and walk to the bedroom. But we better be in there within the hour or he'll come back out and peak from the door like, "where are you guys?"

His morning routine is just as peculiar. He won't move from the bed until I do. Whether it's 5 a.m. (rare) or 8:00 a.m., Harlow doesn't move until I get up. He'll moan and sigh and scratch his paws against the wall like he's dying of boredom, but he just won't leave until I do. Which is even funnier considering the only thing he's waiting to do is move to the couch for his morning nap.


Other odd Harlow quirks:

*I have to say "bye Harlow, I'll be right back," whenever I leave the house, whether it's for five minutes or five hours. I'm not kidding, if I leave without a proper good bye he'll bark and freak out. But when I simply say "bye Harlow," he knows to head to his spot on the couch and doesn't seem to mind.

*He has to have a blanket near (or on him) whenever he sleeps. Even in the dead of summer.

*He also needs a pillow.

*He greets every person with a toy in his mouth. You can tell how much he likes you based on what toys he brings. Chris gets the best toys.

*When he has eye gooeys he'll practically bring you a tissue to clean his eyes. Harlow is almost compulsive about being clean.

*He loves eye contact and will stare deep into your eyes, often slapping you with his paw until you until you stare back.

*If you're on the couch, Harlow has to be on, or touching you at all times.



*His dog bowls must always be full. He rarely eats a bowl of food per day, but if it gets empty he'll whine at the bowls to ensure I fill them back up.

He has me trained well, huh?

It's because of some of these quirks, and simply because I know my dog inside and out, why we've decided to leave him in Nebraska next week.

I repeat, Harlow will not be coming to our wedding. He will not be Chris's best man, or my dog-of-honor, as I've always hoped.

It kills me. It honestly does. But I know it's for the best. When I really thought about it, I knew that I couldn't bring Har to Steamboat and drop him off at a dog sitter only to see him for about an hour a day while I went off to do wedding things. He'd hate that and I'd hate that. I imagined us saying good-bye and both just staring at each other like Jack Dawson and Rose, "I'll NEVER LET GO!"

Because yes, our bond is very intense like that.

We thought briefly about renting a house, but we'd run into the same problem. Har doesn't love to be left alone in places that aren't familiar to him. Turns out I've accidentally raised a neurotic little dog answering to his every beck and call, and spending every waking hour with him. The fact of the matter is that we're going to be all over the place next week with activities that sadly aren't dog friendly.

And so Harlow will stay with his cousin Timber, at Chris's parents' cabin in a place that is full of smells he knows and loves. I'll know he's safe and happy and won't worry he's trying to go Homeward Bound on me- which is something I imagined he'd do if left with a sitter in Steamboat.


Thanks to one of your suggestions, Harlow will be at our wedding in spirit with us since our signature cocktail will be the "The Harlow." A drink that is mostly sweet, a little bit salty, and extremely clingy.

Also, I will most likely present a toast to him. *several toasts.

And now Harlow is letting me know it's time for walk 1 of 6 for the day. I better get going because he keeps a pretty tight time schedule, I'd hate to throw off his Tuesday.


12 comments:

  1. Hugo is the SAME way. We tell him to go to bed, he goes. then later he'll be like, hey, you too. I cannot wait to drink the Harlow. y'all totally nailed that!

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      Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg diberikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW
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  2. I love this! You're my fave because I also live in Chicago, also have a dog that I'm obsessed with (Gary) and just got married in May. Anyway, when I get home, Gary will give me an excited hug for about 5 minutes and then he MUST find a toy to kill - usually Santa. Mom's home! Must. kill. Santa. So weird but I love it. He's also the laziest dog I've ever met which I can appreciate. Have fun these next few weeks!! It's a lot of work but will end up being more than you pictured :).

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  3. Oh gosh Cooper has his things too. He hates having his butt touched, he has to be right on top of me as soon as I walk into my parents house and he's always loved my mom a little more than he loves me, but when I go to my parents to hang out or spend the night or whatever, he's on me like white on rice. He's my shadow. #notevensorry

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  4. I have loved reading this! It makes me feel a little better with how "protective" I am over my furry babies. We have just added a second chihuahua to our family (we have a pug & two chihuahua's). They are truly our new babies now that two legged ones are growing up..ha.

    I can relate to a lot of what you wrote, especially the blanket & touching..lol.

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  5. Harlow posts are my favorite:) Wishing you the best next week!!!

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  6. Ollie always greets anyone with a toy as well! Haha love that the quality of the toy represents Harlow's feelings toward the person (why are the guys always the favorites? It's the same way in our household). I'm sure Harlow will have a great visit--such a good idea to name the wedding cocktail after him!

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  7. This makes me sad for you because I can totally relate. You are a good dog-mom. No, GREAT.

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  8. Harlow is so freaking cute! Jake, my ridgeback, is a toddler human in a dog body. He is so weird and so specific about everything. He comes to work with me everyday and if we aren't in the car at 8:30 he bites me until I get in. He has a very strict no toys on the driveway rule... if any of his toys or sticks are on the driveway he freaks out (one of his favorite toys got run over one time and ever since then he refuses to leave his toys there). Dogs are pretty much the the best things ever. I hope you have the best wedding week imaginable!

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  9. He sounds perfect! <3 I love animals!

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