December 27th, 2013

piranha - the eyes have it.


Seanie and I are babysitting Jared's dog, Paco, who must be one of the most neurotic dogs out there.  He's a Chihuahua, so greatness cannot be expected of him, but Paco is a weird even beyond the norms of his breed of little dog.

He won't eat unless people are around, so every day one of us has to go over to Jared's house and hang out for an hour or two, nagging Paco to eat his food and drink his water.  Since Seanie's come down with a particularly nasty cold, it's been me hanging out with the dog.

Since Paco loves people, his tail will wag furiously the moment you walk in the door.  Eventually, he calms down and wanders off, but it's an intense few minutes as he sniffs his feet and does his absolute best to get stepped on.  The minute you sit down, he wants to jump into your lap, but this can only be endured for a few minutes because Paco has the worst dog breath I've ever encountered.  His breath is DEATH.  So when I've had as much Paco time as I can stand, I put him down and he wanders off to sleep in his dog bed or stretch in front of the wall heater.

When it's time to go home, I have to pick Paco up and lock him in the kitchen.  He knows that I'm leaving, so he starts wiggling and squirming frantically the moment I have him off the ground.  When I put him down in his kitchen bed, he jumps up and tries to beat me back into the living room so that I can't shut the gate that will trap him in the kitchen.  If I lock the gate before putting him down, he'll follow me through the back entrance via his dog door and try to dash out when I open the gate dividing our properties so that I can't leave him behind.  This morning, Seanie even caught him in Jared's backyard, trying to dig under the fence to get out.

Sometimes Seanie suggests we should bring him over to our house for a while so he won't be so upset, but I won't have it.  Paco is a little sponge who likes to leak, if you get my meaning, and I'm pretty sure his natural nervous state plus a new environment would end with him peeing somewhere in our house.  Not cool.  Also, breath of death!  He is totally banned from our half of the duplex.

Thankfully, we won't have to watch him for the entire time Jared and Erin are gone.  One of their friends will be coming by on the 1st or 2nd to take him to their house for a few days.