Scout’s sleepover adventure was officially over when we picked her up tonight at 7 p.m. When we walked in the door, she was asleep in the lap of MK, the youngest child of the family Scout stayed with. MK and Scout really bonded, and MK and her brothers did a fabulous job of keeping Scout mostly out of trouble and thoroughly tuckered out during her stay. In fact, Scout had not only three children to play with, but their cousins as well!
But let me back up. When we initially dropped Scout off, B and I surprised ourselves by being nervous. We realized that this must have been how our parents felt each time we spent the night at a friend’s house, and why they always insisted on picking us up at the magic hour of 10 a.m. the next day–they were nervous that we wouldn’t behave and would overstay our welcome. And so were we in regard to Scout. Also, we realized once we got to the car that this would be an adventure filled with a couple firsts:
- Scout had never before slept anywhere but at our sides.
- In addition to sleeping away from her parents, this would be Scout’s first time sleeping in a room by herself and not by a human’s bed.
So, we were naturally apprehensive that our little girl would overstay her welcome quickly and our friends would regret their helpfulness. We pictured barking at 5 a.m., home destruction of all kinds, and overall annoying behavior.
Amazingly, we managed not to call and check in on her until Saturday, though we thought of her often. Our friend’s oldest son, A., said simply, “Oh, she’s fine. She hasn’t eaten anything yet.” He said it so matter-of-factly that I laughed and left it at that, hoping that it meant she hadn’t done something else instead.
Well, Scout did eventually eat some thing(s), but what puppy sleepover would be complete without a little mischief? She managed to get her paws in some cat poo (which was super smelling, I’m sure), earning herself another bath. She apparently was much more well behaved for this one (whew!). She also ate a burlap bag, and a bowl of MK’s cereal! She’s never done that at our place before, but she considered MK her pal, and thus figured MK wouldn’t mind sharing her yummy cereal with her. That’s what friends are for!
For her part, the family’s chocolate lab Emmie actually didn’t seem thrilled to have an annoying puppy nipping at her ears all day long, but everyone said that by the end of the visit Emmie had warmed to Scout slightly, and she actually tried to come home with us! (Sorry, Emmie, but Zoey would have moved out if we’d returned home with two dogs.)
Oh yeah, and Scout was quite the sock thief during her stay.
But the most interesting thing is that Scout actually peed on Emmie’s dog bed–twice. They were the only accidents she had. So…Scout obviously thinks that dog beds are indoor plumbing for some odd reason. Hmm. We left her dog bed on the floor when she got home, and she was so exhausted–super duper exhausted–that she fell right asleep on it, but we’re going to have to watch this habit and see if it continues. We have no idea how or why she has come to equate a dog bed with an indoor urinal, but that’s obviously not a good habit to maintain. I hate to take away her (brand new) dog bed, so we’ll hopefully have this problem nipped quickly.
It’s now 9 p.m., and Scout has been home for about an hour and a half. She is zonked out on her bed, snoring up a storm. She had such a good time running around with the kids that we’re afraid she might be bored to death with us now! Still, we’re very happy that she enjoyed her stay so much, and we can’t thank the A. family enough for taking such good care of our little girl. They were the best puppy sitters we could ask for! Now to figure out how to fix that peeing-on-the-dog-bed habit…