Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Winners And Losers! A Tale of Shoes And Coconut.

    (Updated Below [Wednesday])

    Last night, we were invited to a friends' house for dinner. After a day of romping in the park with her dog friends, walking around the hill and a lovely lunch of organic, holistic dog food, we left (we thought) a thoroughly exhausted, spent and happy Husky at home.
   One of Patsys' favorite spots in our house is under our bed... go figure. She likes it there, so when we went out, that's where she was holed up. All closet doors were closed. I thought everything was safe since dogs do not have opposable thumbs and last time I heard, they weren't able to open closets.
   The picture above is what I found when we returned home. Patsy, under the bed with a pair of shoes. Not just shoes, but really, really, really good shoes. Shoes that had been in Vogue. I don't have any other shoes that have been in Vogue since they don't usually feature knee-high rubber boots, Keds, and the sort of walking boots I usually wear around here. So I really, really liked these shoes. This is what they look like now.

    I want to make things perfectly clear. I'm far from a Fashionista. It's not that I don't love cool shoes and a hot purse. I know my Manolos from my Jimmy Choos, but face it, I live in Sonoma. On a hill with a one lane road, no street lights, a variety of varmints and things that go "Screech!" in the night. It is a very rural setting. Sonoma may be a destination for fine dining and fancy swanning and boutique wine tasting, but for most of us who live here, it's jeans and boots and barn jackets. It is, make no mistake about the fancy labels... the country.
   Living here, I rarely get a chance to dress up. Even when I lived in LA, it's a fairly casual town and living at the beach, I once attended a wedding where the groom wore flip flops. I do however have some "Good Stuff".
 I don't get to wear it much, but I can dream, can't I? We actually attended a black tie wedding this last weekend. I wore an evening gown, Alan a tux . It was fun to get all dressed up for an evening dining and dancing, in a tent with chandeliers, on a hilltop overlooking a vineyard. So I keep my treasures, "just in case," safely tucked away in my shoe boxes in the bottom of my closet, and I keep my closet doors closed because I wouldn't want Patsy the Wonder Husky getting into them now, would I?
   I never dreamed she was so clever, so cunning, such a little sneak. Evidently she loves a good shoe as much as Carrie Bradshaw, except I never saw Carrie chew the heels off of hers.
   Patsy and I have made up. She is no longer in the doghouse... or under the bed and definitely not in my closet. We bought some kiddie-proofers for the closet doors this afternoon and tomorrow I will go down and visit our local Gepetto who has worked miracles with "Patsy Damage" before. I've got my fingers crossed.
   Ok, so much for me. I am The Loser in todays' story, so then who is The Winner???
     We had a re-drawing on our Tropical Traditions Organic Shredded Coconut  and the winner is Susan Young!!
    Thanks so much to all the great folks at Tropical Traditions who made this possible.
    Update #1 :
  It's obvious for Patsy, that a guilty conscience seems to be no problem.


  1. sorry about the shoes...looks like i am the loser too..no coconut for me!

  2. Yes, thank you Tropical Traditions!

    Susan Young

  3. Oh, Patsy! What a little sneaker! She looks like she knows she was wrong. Sorry about your shoe! But how could you stay mad at that face? So cute. :)

  4. Congratulations, Sue, on winning the coconut! I didn't win but maybe you'll share a tasty bite, eh? I'm happy for you!

  5. What a shame to lose such great shoes. You should take the cost out of her allowance!

  6. Oh, I'm so sorry about your shoes! One of my clients adopted a new pooch and he ate ONE shoe from of every pair of shoes. Talk about a mell of a hess. And, the funny part of your post -my husband is constantly telling our dogs - Annie and Winston - that they could be more helpful but they don't have opposable thumbs! kate @kateiscooking

  7. aww, sorry about your shoes! i hope they are able to be repaired. i lost two sets of good shoes when i first got my dog, but i was able to buy new ones and replace them (it took a few months of saving up though). now i know the face she makes when she's thinking of doing something mischievous so i can stop her beforehand.

  8. @Brie,
    my other dear sainted husky never ever ate one shoe, so I guess I was spoiled. I try to be careful but now with my special closet locks I think I've solved the problem.

  9. @kate,
    I am constantly amazed at her ability to get into trouble.

  10. @kristen,
    I am hoping that the shoe guy here in Sonoma can fix them, at least she didn't eat the heel tip she pried it off with her teeth, I think she ate a bunch of the leather though..

  11. You know Koko is just a wee poodle, but I recognize that look that Patsy has...Sorry about your shoes :(

  12. Sorry to hear about your shoes! :( I have had one or two of those experiences. Your dog is so cute...it is hard to get angry at them!

  13. That's a horrible story! I don't own any shoes that would make a difference, but there are always other items around the house that would be hard to lose if the dog ever took a hankerin' to chewing. Hope your guy can fix them!

  14. Ahaha even your dog loved your shoes, I bet it's the leather :o) I think I would have been mad at Enzo if he ever did this, I love my shoes. That heel seems to be hurting!

  15. What a bummmer for your shoes - they looked very pretty. Hopefully they can be fixed or you are able to find an even better pair. :)



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