Thirteen Little Peedee Things

August 30th, 2015 11:00 am by Kelly Garbato

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0056 [flickr]

Peedee, Peedee, Peedee.

Last April we feared that you might not live to see your twelfth birthday…and when it finally rolled around, we were fairly optimistic that you’d make it to fourteen, if not fifteen. Today you turn thirteen, and to say that I’m ambivalent about this milestone is an understatement. I’m so indescribably happy that you’re still here to celebrate it with us, and yet I know that you’ll soon have to leave. And I’m not ready to say goodbye. (Is anyone, ever?)

I hope the last few months have been special and filled with joy. I hope you feel pampered and spoiled and stuffed to the gills with happiness and excitement and NEW THINGS. I hope you have not an inkling of what’s to come. If I can, I’d like to shoulder that baggage for the both of us. One last gift for my best boy.

2015-06-23 - Walking Peedee, Rennie & Mags - 0015 [flickr]

2015-06-27 - Morning Walk at Smithville Lake - 0032 [flickr]

As I write this, I’ve imagining big plans for your big day. Dad and I are gonna set up the tent, so we can spend the whole night outside, chasing bugs (you) and watching the stars (me). We’ll play games and ply you with treats, and I’ll bake a cake all for you. (Though Rennie and Mags and Jayne and Finnick sure would love it if you shared.) Maybe you can even model some birthday finery for your old mom? Playing dress-up with you is my favorite. I’m gonna miss that. No one wears a pink sundress quite like you.

But enough of that! There will be enough time for tears later. You’re right here, right now, and I plan on adoring the crap out of you while I can. When it really matters.

Love you so much, my handsome man. My Peedee Monster. My big guy and little boy. You’re so many things to me. I hope you know that, now and forever.

2015-06-27 - Morning Walk at Smithville Lake - 0084 [flickr]

Thirteen Little Peedee Things

  • A ginormous pink tongue that refuses to stay in his mouth.

    2015-07-21 - Going to the Drive-In - 0047 [flickr]

    2007-08-30 - Peedee's 5th Birthday - 0017 [1024x768]

    2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0075 [flickr]

    (Doubly so now that the boy only has ten teeth left!)

  • The frenzied excitement with which he licks ears, human and canine alike. Sometimes he’s able to work his tongue so far into my ear canal that it feels like he’s about to slurp my brains out. The boy must love him some ear wax.

    2004-05-27 - Ralphie&Peedee-005 [1024x768]

    2004-05-27 - Ralphie&Peedee-035

    2004-05-27 - Ralphie&Peedee-040

    FACT: Ralphie’s ginormous elephant ears made for prime slurping.

  • His tissue obsession.

    2010-07-03- Sneaky Peedee - 0001

    2004-07-24 - Peedee-016 [1024x768]

    2015-07-21 - Going to the Drive-In - 0051 [flickr]

    He’s so adept at lifting half-used Kleenex from my person that I’ve considered putting him to use as a pick pocket. (But only on Wall Street, the crime capital of NYC.)

  • How much he loves to play dress-up with mom. He’s like the daughter I’ll never have.

    2005-01-06 - PokeyLittlePeedee-0006 [1024x768]

    2009-12-01 - Peedee Pirate - 0003

    2005-05-04 - PeedeesAwesome-0004

    2015-05-23 - Peedee is Pretty in Peonies - 0010 [flickr]

  • Ears like satellite dishes.

    2011-04-28 - Peedee - 0006

    2015-05-23 - Just the Collar - 0006 [flickr]

    2014-05-10 - Peedee - 0001 [flickr]

  • All those times Peedee (especially puppy Peedee) tried to assist Ralphie in his digging projects but was so rudely chased away. And still he always went back for more!

    2003-08-29 - Ralphie&PeedeeDigging-27 [1024x768]

    2003-05-15 - DogsOutside-031

  • That rubbery, bendy little nose of his.

    2012-03-14 - Dogs Outside - 0002

    2013-10-17 - Peedee - 0001

    2015-07-15 - Cheesy Peedee - 0003 [flickr]

    Bonus points: it’s pink and black. One of my favorite color combos!

  • Peedee Peedee Poo Face!

    2012-07-20 - Dogs Outside - 0014

    Okay, so this isn’t so much something I love about Peedee – actually I loathe it – as much as it is a simple fact of life. That said, I do get a morbid chuckle whenever I see Peedee standing patiently behind Rennie or Mags, waiting for them to finish dropping their biz so that he can eat it. Fresh from the source! I don’t know what’s so special about their little butts, but it’s like they shit bacon or something.

    2013-07-26 - Peedee Peedee Poo Eater - 0006

  • An intelligence that’s almost scary. Seriously, he is the smartest dog I’ve ever met.

    2011-06-30 - Peedee hearts HDM - 0007

    (Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is Peedee’s absolutely favorite. I told you he was smart!)

  • His highly ticklish little paws.

    2010-06-23- Peedee's Feetsies - 0004

    2011-09-11 - Another Afternoon Sunbathing - 0015

    2014-07-12 - Dogs in Bed - 0003 [flickr]>

    (It’s usually when he’s rolling around and fussing like this that I make my move. Consequently, Peedee’s kicked me in the vag on more than one occasion.)

  • His grace on land, coupled with his complete lack of it in the water.

    I’ve tried taking him swimming – both in the pond and in the (shallow, as barely-up-to-his-neck-shallow) pool multiple times, and it always goes down like this: hysterical thrashing, following by climbing up mom’s torso and onto her shoulders, eventually assuming the scared Scooby Doo pose, like so.

    2012-06-20 - Peedee - 0007

    2015-06-19 - Peedee Cooling Off - 0012 [flickr]

    At least he’s gotten used to the water enough to wade into the lake when we’re out and about.

    2015-08-06 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0059 [flickr]

    2015-07-03 - Smithville Lake - 0141 [flickr]

    2015-07-20 - Walking at Cabin Fever Trails - 0063 [flickr]

    2015-08-06 - Bonebender-Camp Branch - 0055 [flickr]

    Waves are no friends of his, however.

  • How Peedee’s butt falls back into my hands when I go to pick him up. It’s like a trust exercise or something.

    2014-03-07 - Peedee - 0001 [flickr]

  • His crazy excitement at GOING TO THE DRIVE-IN!!!

    2015-06-17 - Going to the Drive-In - 0024 [flickr]

    2015-07-30 - Going to the Drive-In - 0018 [flickr]

    2015-08-03 - Going to the Drive-in - 0048 [flickr]

    2015-07-21 - Going to the Drive-In - 0061 [flickr]

    We tried taking him once, back when we only had a car and he was a wee, excitable little thing (as opposed to being a tubby, excitable big thing), and it was a disaster. But when the cancer came back we decided to try again, and it ended up being one of his favorites. Now he and Mags camp out in the van and drool on all the things while they wait for us to get out asses in gear and LEAVE ALREADY! It’s like he won’t budge because he’s afraid we’ll change our minds and leave him at home after all. Makes me wish we’d tried it years earlier.

    Note to self: try all the things when you have the chance.

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