This is inspired by Cane’s Bucket List, though “bucket list” seems a little too grand of a title for what we’re doing. Peedee’s a little less adventurous in his old age, so this to-do list is a little scaled back to suit his tastes. You can see that we’ve already tackled some of the items (yay!); and, since it’s a work in progress, there may be updates as I think of them. If you have a super-awesome idea, be cool and leave it in the comments, okay?
1. Go on lots of walks. Explore some new places. Take a stroll down the street.
Peedee’s gotten super-anxious when it comes to cars and car rides, but hopefully the new supplement we’ve been giving him will have a calming effect. Otherwise, walking right out the house and down the street seems to be doing the trick!
2. Banish Finnick.
Peedee and Finnick are nemeses, and Peedee often gets all worked up when Finnick’s in the room all they’re competing over something: bran flakes from my breakfast in the morning, popcorn from by bowl in the evening, or just belly rubs and prime real estate on the couch or bed. I feel bad for Finnick, but for the time being, he’s effectively shut out of group activities that don’t involve Shane.
3. Break out the puzzle toys and treat balls.
He’s a master at each.
4. Let him eat poop.
Or at least look the other way when I spot it going down. That doesn’t mean I have to make it easy by keeping the yard anything less than immaculate.
5. Review our old tricks and maybe learn a new one.
So far he knows sit, stay, down, roll, shake/paw, and kisses. He sucks balls at heeling. Any other suggestions?
6. Take him to the drive-in.
7. Take lots of afternoon naps in the sunroom.
FACT: the sunroom is the single best room in the house to be during the spring, summer, and fall. (Winters, not so much, owing to the lack of heat.)
The room is covered in windows, gets the best cross-breeze, and has a giant ceiling fan to boot. You can step right out onto the patio, and it’s got a great view of the back yard and pond. Our old mattresses are pushed under the windows for maximum squirrel-watching potential, and it gets great sun. Unless you don’t want it, then that’s what the shades are for. At night, the wild sounds are so immersive that you can close your eyes and imagine that you’re camping. And during rainstorms, the drops dance on the roof and skylight and make the most beautiful sound.
Like I said, BEST. No wonder Peedee hearts it.
8. Take Peedee out on the boat.
He’ll probably pull a Scooby Doo – water is not his jam – but I’d like to give it a go.
9. Dress Peedee up in silly outfits and take pictures.
This is a favorite of his. Pinky swear.
10. Take some pictures of Peedee & mom (and Peedee & Shane) together.
For obvious reasons.
11. Let him lick all the dishes.
He’s come to expect it anyway.
12. Make ink/paint pawprints.
After just two years of planning.
13. Make clay pawprints.