Friday, February 27, 2009

Third Time's the Charm

I'm getting awfully good at this therapy dog thing. I mean, I would completely suck at it if I was doing it for people I didn't know. I would get annoyed at being petted to be sure, and if anyone tried to hug me who wasn't mama or dad... well, lets just say that I would fail the class at that point. But since this is dad we're talking about...

That's right, Bogart Handsome Devil, Therapy Dog, in da House!!!

First I had to check out dad's new digs - this was the first time I'd seen him here. Everything smells a little different, especially those pillows for some reason. I'd also heard through mama that the nurses are trying to encourage dad to poop, so I thought I'd do my part to be encouraging...

Aw dad, I'll still always lick your toes like always.

Mama has explained that we come here to help dad get better - that he's really, really sick and needs a miracle. Well dad, here I am - your fuzzy miracle

Mama was a little sneaky again - this time no chair (cause the chair did kind of freak me out after awhile last time), we just lowered dad so I could get close. Instead of semi-stale bagel, she brought some bacon treats which got broken into little pieces and placed between dad's fingers. MMM.. dad.

I went in for a couple of smooches - and to check that all of dad's medication lines were hunky dory.

Mama loves dad so much - almost as much as me - she has to be very strong for him these days.

It turns out that this therapy dog business has an added benefit: a trip through the drive thru. Oh yeah baby, I'm considering exactly what I want from Jack in the Box.

Hm. Where is that voice coming from? Who is this disembodied person who will provide me with all of the meaty goodness I so richly deserve?

Ah, we're almost there... just behind one car. That means we'll get up there fast. Mmmaybe.

Never fast enough for me when I'm in the drive thru lane. And I'm always here to help - mama, give me the cash, I'll grab that bag in my teeth and we'll be outa here.

No? Are you sure?

So then I had to wait until we got home to dig into that fine Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger.

Longtime readers know that these things happen in a very specific fashion - burger falls from sky, wrapper opens as napkin, then I eat the patty and bun in my own inimitable way.

Yes, I could totally get into this therapy dog thing. Just let me know when I am needed next.

Love,

Bogart

25 comments:

BenTheRotti said...

You are doing a great job buddy, keep up the good work. You really deserved that burger and boy does it look good!! I'm drooling as I type!
Mum was listening to some music last night and one song made her think of you all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdnAbtIF3YM&feature=related
You are very much in our hearts and minds, please give your Mom a huge smooch from me,

Ben xxxx

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh Bogart you are truly a Wonder Therapy Dog!

I am sure your Aire Love is getting through to your Pa.

We are sending lots and lots of Scottish healthy vibes to him, and lots of love to you and your Mama.

love from Marvin and Jeannie xxxxx

Always in our thoughts ;0)

Stanley said...

Bogart!

Man, you're a dog of many talents and I have NO DOUBT that you are an integral part of your dad's recovery plan. You were rockin' that ICU, dude. Kudos.

If your dad needs to poo, then poo is what we shall be hoping and praying for. No problem. We're poo experts, so we oughtta know what we're talking about, right?

Glad to see the burgers still fall from the sky for you because you have been earning it, friend. Please give your dad and your mama goober hugs and smooches from all of us here. One step at a time.

And, my girl sends you the biggest, juiciest smooch for your punkin head, and promises you an unlimited supply of Atomic Booty Scritches!

Goober love,
Stanley

Suzuki said...

You make a pawsome therapy dog Bogart. You really earned your burger... hmmm burger.... drooool
Big licks to you
Suzuki
xxx

Stella said...

Sweet Bogart,

Stanley told me your dad's nurses are trying to get him to poo. Please tell your dad, respectfully, that if he doesn't poo soon I'll come over there and kick it out of him! Then, of course, I'll snuggle right up and give him itty bitty kissies on his sweet face.

Willing to do my part, that's all.

Goobery love & kissies for you and your mama too,
Stella Bean

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're so glad that you got to visit with your dad again, Bogie! We sure hope he felt you licking the bacon bits between his fingers! Open your eyes, Klaus, please! We are praying so hard for you!
Mom and dad took us to Glenwood yesterday, Bogie, but we didn't get a whole hamburger like you did! We only got a sniff as mom plowed hers down! What an oinker!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Molly and Taffy said...

Hello Bogart

You are working so hard these days. Looking after the house for your Mummy while she is at the hospital and then taking her for walks when she comes home.

AND you are a Therapy dog for your Dad as well.

We think you are a super Dale.

Molly and Taffy

PS. We know Dales have amazing therapy powers, our predecessor, Ben, worked magic, he was a Therapy dog and visited hospitals once a week and the miracles he made happen...........
Keep the Dale thairapy going Bogart!

Mango said...

Good thing you went through the drive through. You need to keep your strength up and a cheeseburger is just the ticket. Any fries with that?

Glad the new room is Bogart approved. Now we can send our healing vibes to the new room.

Slobbers,
Mango

Noah the Airedale said...

So what do you think of the new digs matie. Not bad ay, and they're doing a brilliant job looking after your dad.
You keep doing a pawesome job as a therapy dog but it's for your dad so that's no surprise. Good work Bogart.

tailwags
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Alasandra said...

That Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgher looks good and you totally deserve it. We thinks you are a GREAT thearpy dog and the best medicine of all for your Dad. We are purring and tail wagging for you and your family. Hang in there Bogart. ~S,S,C & F

Petey said...

Guard dog, therapy dog, official food taster -- you truly are a dog of many talents Bogie! Not to mention you inherent clowning skills which are keeping your Mom's spirits up.

As for the poop, I always find eating some of Mica's cat food works for me. (Mommy had colon surgery last month so we know all about the all-important poop!)

We're sending all our prayers your way!

Your pal,

Petey

Lucia said...

Ciao mio dolce Bogie!

What a magnificent dottore you are, caro amico! Add that to your already impressive list of skills and talents and it's plain to see you're the renaissance 'dale of the century! I think you earned and richly deserved that juicy cheeseburger! (BTW, I'm blown away by your drive-thru ordering abilities. I usually just lunge across mia ragazza and attempt to jam my big muso into whatever bag comes out that adorable little window!)

Ok, now I have to scoot over so mia ragazza can say something to Lulu. (Hoomans! Hmph!)

Lulu, Lucia (in her doggie way!) and I pray for you and Klaus every single day, friend we do not yet know. And you have our promise that we'll continue to do so until your beloved is well. Hang tight, sweetie!

Tanti baci!
Lucia and her ragazza

Painter Pack said...

Bogart, woo is the best therapy doggie I has ever seen! Woo is taking good care of the dad and mom...we is still crossing paws and mommy is saying prayers for Klaus. And your mom is so great and strong. Tell her to be sure and take care of herself during this difficult time.

Burgers rock!!

Mya Boo Boo

MONA AND THE MOMMY! said...

Yahoo Boggie, You got to see you dad again!! How exciting!! You are the best therapy in the world for your Dad and what a bonus afterwards. I've never had bacon before and it sure looks yummy.

Your Daddy must be getting better if they want him to poop. I bet your fuzzy little butt inspired him.

God Bless...Mona & the Mommy

The Airechicks said...

OMDog -

Bogart when do you start your shift -
seems like you could stay 11-7 when everyone is suppose to be sleeping....Makes us very happy to see you visit your Dad....

We were thinking maybe you culd kinda trick you Dad in the Poop department and tell him Joe Stains has the
GRANDEST Stains Award up for grabs and he's looking for that "SPECIAL" entry????? Whatta think?????

To see your reward for terraireby - we do we sign up????

Mom said she'd get our shipping crate ready to fly if you need us to work a shift....

XXXooooXXooooXXooooXXoo

Caz and Ludo the cool dude said...

You are doing a wonderful job you deserve loads of hambugers.Im sure all your love you are sending your dad is is working and having some effect.Your dad may be not able to show you how much he enjoys your visits but im sure your love fills his heart every time you are there with him.
Keep strongh and this will help your mum too Sending lots of love to your whole family.

ludo the cool dude.

Pugsley said...

Great job Bogart!!!

Your doggie love will be a great help to your dad:)

Give him some PUG and KISSES for me!!

XOXOXO
Pugsley

Hollie and Janie said...

Bogart!
You are such an amazing 'dale! You are doing such a great job being as your daddy's therapy dog! I just know he can feel all your love and pawsitive energy, and that will no doubt get him closer to his miracle!! I was so wishing I was with you and your mama at that drive thru! I love cheeseburgers, too! Aren't the humans in the drive thru so funny when they see our fuzzy faces?? I sometimes get mistaken for a teddy bear, as if!!!
We love you all and continue to pray for your miracle!!!
Love,
Janie

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Woo are one furry handsome and khompetent th-aire-apy dog!

I'm so glad woo got to see your dad again!

I know it helps him and your mom a LOT!

Yummmm - burger! We don't have those places here but it looks furry yummy!

Paws still khrossed and sibe vibes still being sent!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: My 'word' was letwing...so I'm letting 'em wing your way!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Bogart!
You are doing a great job there with your Dad! Keep doing it!
I know you don't needed the burger reward but sure it was a nice bonus!
Paws crossed
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Joe Stains said...

Bogart, your Dad has the best therapy dog in the world for SURE! And the reward looks super duper. Next time ask for a Taco too, Dad said they are the best!!

We are still sending a billion trillion healing vibes to your Dad!!

Southbay Girl said...

Hi Bogart and Mom...We are all still sending prayers, hugs, woofs and purrs your way! We know that your dog therapy must be helping your dad alot! Bogart you are really becoming a great therapy dog! You deserved that Jr bacon Cheeseburger!!!

Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Velcro, Kodak, 3 Perf, Blossom and Mom Penny

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Great job as therapy dog Bogart! You did deserve the special treat. Your Dad is still in our prayers.

Miss Ellie and Baz said...

Wooo hooo Bogie Handsome Devil you are! What a wonderful Therapy Dale you are for your daddy!
AND cheeseburger rewards too....awesome.
Still sending all our Airezen to ya.

Love
Miss Ellie and Bazzynator

The OP Pack said...

Woo are probably the best medicine your Dad can get aside from his doctors' work. Hope woo get to go see him again soon and that he will be home for good very soon too.

Tail wags, the OP Pack