I was working in my office this morning on the second floor of the "people wing" of the house when I heard a "thud!" from the living room below, and then the sound of magazines and books hitting the floor. I hurried down the stairs and that's what I found waiting for me: our two blind Poodles, Molly and Priscilla, both trying to fit in the same chair. One of them -- Priscilla, I suspect -- had clearly leaped into it, pushing it back and knocking things off the end table and on to the floor.
If the girls appear a bit different, it's because I opted for a "no muff, no fluff" hair-do at their new groomer here in New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago. When they first came to us back in 2008, they were beautifully groomed and had the fluffy ears and the "mop top," so that's what I had the groomers in Montana continue to do. But new state, new look! It's sleeker and more natural looking, and the girls seem to like it this way.
That chair is usually what blind Widget sleeps in during the day, and while I was taking the photos of the two sisters, Widget came over to assess the situation:
She couldn't quite believe that not only was there another dog in her chair, there were two dogs in her chair, which really puzzled her, so she came up for a closer inspection:
She must have decided that looming wasn't a good option in this case, and turned back:
Leaving the two girls looking, well, still a bit crowded:
The stair-step ramp in the foreground is a new one we just purchased to help the smaller dogs like Widget and the Dachshunds get in those chairs without having to jump up or down. Our old ones were made of styrofoam which inevitably got chewed up. This new ramp is the perfect height, but because Priscilla pushed the chair back so far, the camera angle makes the ramp look higher than it really is. Needless to say, it would have been far more graceful if Priscilla had actually used the ramp instead of leaping into the chair!
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