Lazy dog and the $6 dog bed

April 24, 2007 at 9:36 pm 3 comments

By request, here are more pictures of the world’s laziest dog. He takes after his owner (see picture of Barley and Jason taking mid-day naps).


We’ve had a busy couple of days. Friday, Dustin brought over his dog, Denver, and Barley and Denver wrestled and played in the yard for hours. We walked the dogs over to the arboretum, where we met Josh, Kim, Reese, and Pixie (the dog), and then walked around for a bit. Josh, Pixie, Dustin, and Denver hung out at the house for a while and had a little doggy play date. It was pretty fun, and amazing to see our lazy dog run around like a puppy.

Saturday, Jason, Bill, and I went to Keeneland, the local horse track. J and I each placed a bet, and we each won $1.20, and Bill won $3 (or at least, Jason would have won, but he accidentally bet on the wrong track, and therefore engaged in a little off-track betting – oops). Horse races are serious matters in Kentucky. Everyone was dressed to the nines – suits, dresses, the whole shabang. We were in t-shirts and shorts. In any case, I would certainly be willing to go back – races are in April and October, if anyone wants to come down and join us.


We also did a bit of gardening on Saturday, and I made Barley a dog bed using some old corduroy fabric leftover from curtains I made a few years ago. We just bought 2 cheap pillows from Target to stuff inside the cover (cost = $6), and actually, Barley likes to dig the pillows out of the cover or hide his bone in between the pillows, so it sort of serves as a toy also. And, it was way more economical than the $50 dog beds at the pet store, so I’m officially thrifty.

Sunday, we did more gardening, and made ourselves an outdoor table using a tree trunk and some scraps of old wood that were laying around. I’ll have to take some pictures to post later. We also gave Barley a bath. And he HATED it. As in, Jason had to wrestle with 60 lbs of wet dog while I tried to rinse the soap off. I think we may be taking him to a dog wash at the local pet shop next time.

And yesterday was Barley’s first vet visit. You’ll be happy to know that he is in excellent health and the vet was impressed by how good he is – she poked and prodded and he didn’t even whine or whimper. He does, however, continue to whine/whimper/bark whenever we put him in his crate, and that is a major bummer. Fortunately, he only whines for a few minutes each time, but we don’t want to yell at him or punish him (because we do want him to bark if there is an intruder in the house), so we are letting the behavior slowly extinguish.

In other news, there is a mouse on the loose in the section of cubicles where I sit. I opened my files drawer the other day to find all sorts of little droppings, and I was not too impressed by it. Some of the ladies that sit near me have also found droppings, so they called someone in to take care of it. “Taking care of it” = today a guy showed up with a bag of mouse traps and put a few around our cubicles. I am supposed to check the trap daily, and it’s up to me to dispose of the mouse, should I find it. Yuck. Pick up a smooshed mouse!?! No thanks. And I even deal with rodents daily.


Entry filed under: Barley, Lexington.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debbie  |  April 25, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Hi, Jen!
    Are you having fun yet? Bathing Barley sure sounds like something I wouldn’t want to miss. Not!
    It’s okay if the dog is lazy; just be sure to keep his owner on his toes!

  • 2. jp  |  April 25, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the call the other day, Debbie!!

    When we bring him to your house, we’ll be sure he’s nice and dirty so that you can join us in bathing him! Just kidding.

    I’m still working on getting Barley’s owner to be a little less lazy… he’s got to clean the basement this week, so that should keep him busy for a while…

  • 3. D  |  May 2, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    BORING…. who is gonna win the derby?


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