Thursday, September 30, 2010

End of the world...again


Tropical depression Nicole has made her mark on Baltimore with drenching rain and gusty wind. It has rained here for about 8 hours straight and I'm happy to report that Sani Tred is keeping our boat dry. The same cannot be said for our dock as it is now under the water. That's right the good ole BY(O)B has yet to invest in floating piers, so today we will be climbing up the hull to get in and out of the boat. Before we moved aboard I wondered about things like "how do you get on and off the boat". After living aboard I learned the answer, any way you can.


If you are Chopper for example, most of the time you get carried. This is one of the few things he does not like, which is strange because Chopper likes almost anything. He likes things that we would think are naturally gross, like rolling around in poop, eating vomit, and of course his slimy, squishy tennis balls. However, even the promise of a good ball game has not been enough to entice him to go out today. There was only one thing to do, and on my way home from an early work day I did it... I got him a rain coat.
Now truly I never ever thought I would be the sort of person who dresses little dogs in human clothes. In fact I never even liked little dogs, thinking them more like rodents, then man's best friend. However, everything changes, and today my good friend Chopper got a raincoat.
He was quite exited about it really, that is until I stuck his head into the hood, tucked him under my arm and handed him to Travis to lower unto the wet dock. After a second of hesitation, I could see the acceptance and understanding light up his now half hidden face, as he hoofed it down the dock towards his peeing spot. He looked back only once, and from beneath that yellow vinyl I could see the beginnings of sunshine - or at least something like patient endurance.

Chopper made a new friend. Read about it here


7 comments:

jomamma said...

It's so funny when you see the reaction of an animal in clothing. You can actually see how good it makes them feel. They kind of strut their stuff.

Travis and Maggie said...

Yeah Jomamma, he really seemed to dig it. I think it made him feel really important and dry-ish.

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

How cute! The blog about Chopper is really cool too. On another note, it seems that the East coast has gotten the brunt of the storms this season. Here in LA we usually get them, but we haven't had one this year which is odd (but good). I hope Chopper doesn't have to wear his raincoat too often!

Travis and Maggie said...

Yeah, its been really crazy. There's even been tornado warnings. I must say though, that prior to this drenching, we had three straight weeks of perfect, weather. I heard rumors of a mild winter, and as you can imagine we're really crossing our fingers. Have you seen any evidence of oil destruction?

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Chopper looks kind of embarrased to me. Or maybe he was just being tolerant.
SoCal has tropical weather today - thunderheads, thunder, fun!

Laura and Hans said...

I'm loving the raincoat!! Our Wilbur may love to swim but he doesn't care for rain on his tender pitty skin! I was thinking of making him one but in the end it would probably be cheaper and easier to buy one!

Samantha said...

lola has the same coat. but she just stands in one place with her head bowed when we put it on her. :( i think boots might be nice. to minimize the muddy paw prints! ;)