In Which I BANISHED Thorin Oakenshield

abbydawson (4)This little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is Abby, and she is totally my Number One patient. Not from a financial standpoint, though as a puppy and teenager, she got herself into enough scrapes requiring veterinary attention that she certainly did pay some of the bills. But no, this little cutie-patootie is just my very favorite girl in the world!

I’ve been her beloved best friend veterinarian since she was 6 weeks old, and we just bonded from the first moment we met. I ADORE this little scamp! (And the feeling is entirely mutual).   =)

It never seems to phase her if I have to draw blood, or insert that fecal loop, or give an injection that stings. She may give me sad puppy dog eyes, as if to say, “This again?” but she is always delighted to snuggle up and shower me with love the very next minute.

20140421_152809So whenever Abby comes, as long as there are no other dogs about, her mom or dad lets her off the leash and she races around to find me, and if I’m not to be found, she boogies down the hall and into my office! She jumps onto my lap and gives me all the wiggling happy snuggles and kisses I could possibly want, then jumps onto my couch and makes herself right at home until I am ready, then she follows me back up front and into the exam room where her room her mom or dad is waiting.

Abby’s mom finally stumbled across a child-proofing system for the pantry and the bathroom cabinet, and as a result, Abby hasn’t been raiding the trash or the food supplies and requiring my attention on such a regular basis. In fact, I hadn’t even seen Abby since before Christmas, which means that SHE hadn’t been back to my office, or on my couch, since prior to Thorin Oakenshield’s arrival.

superbowl50beardedbroncosfanI happened to see her mom at the grocery store recently, and told her that while I was glad the little stinker was staying out of trouble, a 6 month absence was just too long and I missed her! Because she’s a lovely woman, Abby’s mom took me at my word, and today she dropped my darling off for “day-boarding” (read: couch napping) while she went off to several doctor’s appointments and an afternoon of shopping.

Abby came rushing down the hall and into my office, launched herself into my lap, and we had a perfectly delightful reunion with kisses and ear scratching and belly rubs, and when I put her back onto the floor, she happily trotted around my desk and hopped onto the couch. I went back to dictating my charts, but was interrupted a few moments later by a sound I hardly thought possible from this soul-sweet little girl: a low GROWL!

Shocked, I looked over the top of my monitor, to see Abby on the couch, looking up over her shoulder at the looming figure of Thorin Oakenshield!!!

With her tail tucked, and watching his every move over her shoulder, she continued to growl and crept to the other end of the couch. Then she slid to the floor, never taking her eye off of the menacing dwarf, and skedaddled around the desk and back into the safety of my lap. I reassured her and loved on her, and she relaxed, but every time she would glance back over her shoulder, she’d tense up again, and even bark!

Poor Abby! She could tell he meant business with that sword! Or maybe she’s just no fan of the Denver Broncos! After about the 10th warning bark, I’d had enough, so I took Thorin out of the office and put him in the kennel area, where he then set off all the other dogs into a barking frenzy! They certainly didn’t like his looks either, and though I hoped they’d pipe down after a few minutes, the racket only escalated!

I’m sorry to report that I have banished Thorin to the garage for the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 comments

  1. Hariclea · May 17, 2016

    LOL…. and now you will have a very very very angry dwarf KING on your hands by the end of the day… let’s see how you handle that!! 😀

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  2. Perry · May 17, 2016

    Hysterical. I wonder if he smells bad?

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    • jholland · May 17, 2016

      Well, in my experience, the worse something smells, the more likely a dog is to roll in it! So no, I don’t think the dogs objected to the smell. =)

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      • Perry · May 23, 2016

        LOL. Yup, had experience with a dog who liked to roll in dead stuff, fish included.

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        • jholland · May 30, 2016

          Yuck! I’m glad we don’t have fish on our property. But we can still count on the dog to find any dead thing and return to the house smelling of it.

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  3. Servetus · May 17, 2016

    How funny! Wonder what it is. This effect poses serious challenges to Armitage’s preference for dogs.

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    • jholland · May 17, 2016

      Stranger danger! Though I believe I had a dream that all but predicted this scenario… I was at the Responsible Dog Ownership convention and next door was Comic Con, and the dogs all objected to Thorin in that dream… =)

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  4. Guylty · May 18, 2016

    LOL great post to wake up to in the morning. Poor dogs. Poor Thorin. He is just too majestic. I hope Abby gets used to him. It would be a shame if he had to stay in the garage forever…

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    • jholland · May 19, 2016

      Oh, never! He’s back in my office and as fierce as always. I’ve had to simply ignore the intensified brooding. As for Abby, I’m not sure she’ll ever trust him…

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      • Guylty · May 19, 2016

        Good to hear the King has still got his territory.

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        • jholland · May 19, 2016

          Maybe I can rig him out with a basket of dog biscuits for next time.

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  5. Helen · May 18, 2016

    Ah, what a little sweetheart! She obviously has very good taste in women but not in men 😉

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    • jholland · May 19, 2016

      Isn’t she adorable?! I do suspect she’d turn to mush if she actually encountered Himself. Who wouldn’t? But that suspicious man in my office simply made NO effort to charm her, just kept right on staring down at her! LOL

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  6. Herba · May 18, 2016

    LOL! After your report I’m tempted to buy an cardboard Oakenshield myself to find out what Sam the family dog would do with (or to) him *giggles*

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    • jholland · May 19, 2016

      I can’t vouch for what Sam’s reaction might be (though I have a lot of empirical evidence to suggest he might object, and vocally!) but I can definitely recommend a cardboard Oakenshield as a lovely addition for the home, the office, or any other place!

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  7. linnetmoss · May 18, 2016

    Poor little sweet! He is just too intimidating!

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    • jholland · May 19, 2016

      Yes, he is entirely formidable, and made no move to offer any reassurance whatsoever!

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  8. Esther · May 19, 2016

    Oh my, priceless!! So, dogs don’t seem to like him… what about cats then? Interesting experiment, methinks.

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    • Esther · May 19, 2016

      Oh, and Abby is so cute! Not that Thorin isn’t… although, I wouldn’t quite call him cute, despite his diminutive size…

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      • jholland · May 19, 2016

        No, calling Thorin “cute” might be a mistake. Now, some of the little POP!Thorins are on the cute side, but don’t tell them I said that. As to Abby, well, her picture might as well be in the dictionary next to the definition of the word. =)

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    • jholland · May 19, 2016

      Priscilla and Charlie Bugz, the clinic cats, have no reservations about him and never have. I am almost embarrassed for Thorin to admit that Priscilla, who weighs all of 8 lbs, did knock him flat on his ass when they first met, because he was carrying balloons, and she needed to access them. =)

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      • Esther · May 19, 2016

        So, Richard is a dog person but Thorin a cat person then? Interesting! 🙂

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        • jholland · May 19, 2016

          Well, I don’t know. Cats sometimes act as if they prefer the very people who profess to dislike them! And I do believe Thorin was regally indignant after Priscilla took his balloons.

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        • Esther · May 19, 2016

          LOL! And good point about the cats. Our cats seem to gravitate to my father-in-law and he really isn’t a cat person. Although, after almost 20 years of cats in our house, we seem to be wearing him down and he has quite warmed to them in a distant sort of way. 🙂

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  9. Gratiana Lovelace · May 19, 2016

    Abby is such a cutie pie! And it’s a riot that Thorin pushes Abby’s buttons. I haven’t installed my Thorin because I know that our doggies would nibble on him–or pee on him–not respectful behavior toward our Dwarven King. Ha!

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    • jholland · May 30, 2016

      Oh, perish the thought… piddled upon!?… that would be SO beneath His dignity!

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  10. suzy · May 20, 2016

    What a sweet and cute little Lady!! ❤
    I really need a (pop up) Thorin or a poster like this for my office ❤ ! But it will be probably difficult to explain my refugees who he is 🙂

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    • jholland · May 30, 2016

      Isn’t she adorable? And yeah, I can’t imagine what the refugees might think of a life-sized cardboard cutout. Of any character, really. =)

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  11. squirrel.0072 · May 26, 2016

    Ma petite expérience de la rencontre inattendue de Thorin avec des clients ou des représentants, m’a fait bannir ma précieuse poupée de chiffon de mon bureau. Fini les têtes à têtes déstressants à l’officine de pharmacie, où grâce aux commentaires de Servetus, j’avais pris l’habitude de presser, de comprimer ( to squeeze) la poupée. Définitivement cette poupée fait peur aux personnes, qui ne connaissent pas le roi des nains.
    Mes chats n’ont pas ce problème. Donc mathématiquement, on peut conclure que Thorin est plus apprécié des félins que des humains, lors d’une rencontre inattendue. Plus tard j’expérimenterai, avec le même soucis scientifique, avec les chiens.

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    • jholland · May 30, 2016

      LOL! Well, and cats always have their dignity to uphold. Dogs in general are less concerned with appearances. =)

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