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My mother has never enjoyed dogs.  She also has never understood why any sane person would want a canine companion.  Years ago when my then partner gave me an adorable puppy for Valentine's Day, my Mom's response was "are you going to keep her?"  (Actually the dog stayed around much longer than that partner.)  So I gave up long ago showing my Mom cute pictures, and telling her funny anecdotes, about the many wonderful dogs who have graced my life. 

Then Mom, who is 103, fell and broke her hip and is bedridden in her apartment in a building that does not allow dogs.  She lives about 2 hours away from me, so now when I visit, I stay for most of the day. I usually leave Belle with one of her friends from our dog-walking group, but one Sunday no one was available to host her.  Rather than leave her home in her pen (necessary separation from the cats when I'm not there to supervise), I popped 15 lb Belle into my canvas boat bag, smuggled her into the sacrosanct building and tucked her into the back bedroom with a kong full of goodies.  I was in my Mom's bedroom reading her the next chapter of her book on the discovery of genes when she heard her aide talking and giggling on the other side of the apartment. Yup, Belle had made a new friend and they were yukking it up together. 

Mom was worried that her aide had gone off the deep end or had secreted a man in the apartment, so she wanted me to call the agency and demand an immediate replacement.  I explained that Belle was also visiting, that she is housebroken and doesn't shed a bit, and introduced her to Mom, who grudgingly admitted that she was sort of cute, but warned me not to ever bring her again. Belle sat on my lap in the chair next to the bed and we continued reading.  After a while, Belle did her army crawl across my lap and stretched her neck out until she could reach Mom's hand and give her a few kisses.  No reaction from Mom, so I thought she was sleeping.  I continued reading (this book, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, is excellent, I recommend it highly), and the next thing I knew, Belle was ensconced on the bed tucked next to Mom's side.  Still no reaction.  I whispered "come" to Belle (who apparently thinks whispered commands don't count), when Mom, eyes still closed, said "leave her" and threaded her fingers through the curls on Belle's back. And there they stayed for more than an hour, when Mom opened her eyes and said "call the aide, Belle should have a drink of water." Not "you have been reading out loud for a long time, you must be thirsty."  Later she asked if I brought anything for Belle to eat. I said I had dog biscuits but I didn't think Mom would like biscuit crumbs in her bed and she announced that she was too old to worry about crumbs in the bed. WHAT?!? This is not the Mom I grew up with.

When it was time to leave, I assured Mom that I would hide Belle in the boat bag again so the building board wouldn't give her a hard time about us breaking the no animals rule.  Her response: "what can the board do to me, I'm 103 and I'll be dead soon; bring Belle again next weekend."  Moral of the story: NO ONE is doodle proof.

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Comment by Wendy and Myla on Thursday

What a great story!  Your Mom sounds awesome!  So glad she found love with Belle!!!

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on Thursday

Love this story. 

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on Wednesday

Such a cute story!  But sad that it took your mother so long to discover the joys of fluffy friends.

Comment by BG and Gavin on Wednesday
This is the best story! Thank you for telling it. Bless Belle and your mom.
Comment by Linda, Charlie Brown & Beau on Wednesday

I've not been on DK much lately - life gets in the way occasionally!  I came in today and read your blog about your beautiful Belle and your Mom - I am so happy your Mom came around!  Just when you think something never can happen, wow, it does!  I love your story and thanks for sharing.

Comment by Gail and Bailey on Wednesday

I love this story!  I am glad your mom has let Belle into her heart!  I am sure your mom will benefit from the doodle love and kisses that Belle will provide.  Hoping your mom improves and has many more years to enjoy doodle loving!

Comment by Ginny Nightingale on Wednesday

What a wonderful story!! Love it! And that book sounds good too!

Comment by Lindsey Holt on Tuesday
HA-HA

No one can resist!
Comment by Stacy on Monday

I'm sorry about your mom's accident. But what a wonderful story! Good job Belle! I have an aunt who always gave me a hard time about having dogs in the house. And then she fractured her patella and was in the hospital and she was sending pictures out on facebook of herself with a papillon in her bed. Now she wants a sugar glider as a pet? I'm not sure what alien has invaded her body, lol. But our animals really are kind of magical.

Comment by Deanna & Desi & Cori on Monday
This made me smile!! Yep, doodles are hard to resist. Glad your mom gets to experience the pleasure of some doodle cuddles!!!

 

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