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To say Finnegan is a Velcro doodle would be an understatement.  He is always at my feet or I am within his line of sight. Others, who aren't owned by a doodle, may find it a little strange that we go around the house as if there was an invisible tether between us but I’ve adjusted to the extra appendage.  It’s not that he’s timid or scared.  He's loyal to a fault and believes this is the natural order of things. And, once a doodle gets something in his head, it’s darn hard to change it.  You all know what I’m talking about.  That’s why it was so alarming when I discovered him missing on Sunday morning while staying at my Mom’s apartment. It was her 9oth birthday weekend and she had lots of company. I went to make coffee and looked down.  No Finney sitting at my feet. I called him to go for a walk. I set out his breakfast and called him.  Nothing.  I went back to check the bedroom.  No Doodle.  I headed to the bathroom.  That’s always a signal for Finn to come running and scoot in before I shut the door. Nope. WTD??!

 

So where was he?

 

When Finn and I visit Grams, we always sit in her family room.  She sits in her comfy lounge chair, and Finn and I relax on the couch.  We watch movies or the news (the second is always a bad idea with my mom, but I digress).  Finn knows the living room furniture is off limits to a doodle but Grams gave in long ago and made the grand gesture of letting him have the family room couch. The previous night, everyone ended up in the small family room watching March Madness.  When Finn trotted into the room with me, there was no room for him on the couch.  If a doodle can stare in disbelief, that would pretty much sum up his expression as his head moved from one end of the couch to the other. I think he was assessing his chances of jumping into someone, anyone’s, lap, completely blocking their vision, but he looked at me and I mouthed the word “flying doodle” which is the equivalent of “don’t’ even think about it”. Then he tried the “border collie” stare to send a strong message but everyone just laughed and no one moved. Finally he took up his spot on the floor, sighing ridiculously loudly every so often, just to remind us how unfairly he had been treated.  So I guess it was no surprise that when he woke up on Sunday morning he went directly to the empty family room, by himself, and claimed his seat on the couch WITH his favorite pillow in tow– apparently for the day.  And no way was he giving it up, even if his bladder burst. That, or he was really excited for the next round of March Madness.

 

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Comment by Amy and Annabelle on May 19, 2017 at 5:15pm

I saw this pillow and it made me think of Finnegan

https://www.harrietcarter.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/_...

Comment by Jenny and Cooper on April 6, 2017 at 9:51pm
LOL!!! Such a cute story! Finn is ADORABLE! :D
Comment by Laurie, Fudge, and Vern on March 29, 2017 at 6:57pm

I love Finnegan!! What a stinker :) I guess he told you. LOL

Comment by Bonnie and Kona on March 28, 2017 at 10:06am

Oh my gosh! Finnegan, you are the cutest! I just do not understand why no one would give up their seat to you during March Madness! Thank goodness you were able to establish yourself right in the center of your couch and keep your pillow close the next day. I hope for the rest of the visit you were respected with the honor you so truly deserve. (I can't believe you let your mom go to the bathroom alone though. That is just weird!)

Comment by Anne & Mr. Haley on March 27, 2017 at 6:18am

Too cute Finn!  You look as if it is YOUR COUCH.

Comment by BG and Gavin on March 26, 2017 at 6:00pm
That's right Finn, you stake your claim. Gavin too is at my feet right now despite the fact that I cleaned his ears and bathed him today, which could be grounds for the cold shoulder treatment!
Comment by Cheryl and Finnegan on March 25, 2017 at 6:54pm

Thanks Roo and Tigger! You understand! Love to you guys too! ~Finn

Thanks DJ!  Finn sends Chance a "high five." Chance has the benefit of being small enough to occupy a lap.  I think some were uneasy that Finn might try it. 50 lbs. of fuzz and fleece!  I love giant Teddy Bears but others not so much. Give Chance a hug from us!

LOL Karen! I've always thought of Finn as Linus, but maybe he is a little Alex Keaton!!  (Finn knew you'd take his side :)

Carol - I think Banjo and Finn are a lot alike :)  Those two are always thinking! I hope you get to experience the The BIG sigh because it is...ahh...what's the word? Just ridiculous LOL

I love it too, Wendy! 

Comment by Maryann,Roo and Tigger on March 24, 2017 at 9:38pm

The couch is actually for us.  But when we have company we are forced to share.  It is tough sometimes to be such a good natured dog.  Love Roo and Tigger.

Comment by DJ & Chance on March 24, 2017 at 6:10pm

Finn, I totally get it!!  (from Chance).  Cheryl, what a fun blog.  Somehow I knew it had a happy ending, and so I chuckled through it. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on March 24, 2017 at 10:30am

LOL, good for you, Finn! In the immortal words of Alex Keaton (my age is showing), "I know what's mine!" 

 

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