Monday, July 21, 2008

The Ecstasy and the Agony

So, as I alluded to briefly, Blaine and I are in the initial stages of getting a new dog for our family. Actually, we're in the initial stages of getting our backyard fenced, which was criteria number one before getting a new pet. At least I *think* we're getting our backyard fenced. The fence guy showed up last week and put in a bunch of steel posts, then disappeared. I know the posts have to "set up" in the concrete, or some other such technical term, but it's been six days now and we've not seen hide nor hair of the fence guy since that first day. I'd almost worry we've been victimized by some sort of insidious fence scam, but guess what? We haven't paid them anything yet! So ha-ha, free steel fence posts for us if they never come back!

Ok, back to the topic at hand.

With the general belief that we would be getting a fence soon, Blaine started looking for dogs in the paper a few weeks ago. Remember, the plan originally was one hunting dog, and one pound pup. And with duck season only a few short months away, the hunting dog comes first. He found an local AKC litter of golden retrievers that sounded promising and called the dog's owner to set up an appointment for later this week to look at them.

Fast forward to this morning. The house phone rings and I hear Kendrie answer it. Then I hear her tentatively say, "Yes ... really???" Then she comes running to give me the phone, screaming at the top of her lungs ... "Mom! Mom!!! It's the dog lady --- IT'S THE DOG LADY! She says we get our new dog tomorrow morning --- WE'RE GETTING OUR NEW DOG FROM THE DOG LADY TOMORROW MORNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!" and then she pretty much falls on the floor and starts rolling around in her excitement, squealing and hyperventilating with happiness.

I take the phone from Kendrie ..... "Um, hello?", I ask, thinking perhaps she needs to change our time to meet the dog, or ... well ... something.

And I hear a lady on the other end of the phone, obviously bemused, obviously taken aback by Kendrie's pure-joy-hysterical-ness on the other end of the phone. "Yeah, I'm not the dog lady. I'm calling from the hospital, and need to confirm a pet scan for Blaine in the morning ...." and her voice sort of trails off, like she's not quite sure what *my* reaction might be.

Poor Kendrie. Some misunderstandings are more disappointing than others.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I needed that laugh sooooo much just now. I'm sorry for Kendrie, yet thankful that you posted such a precious misunderstanding. When are you going to start that "Kids Say the Darndest Things" book?

Robin in Georgia

Anonymous said...

That was so funny~ quite the misunderstanding! Hope the "dog lady" does call and hope the PET scan goes well!!!

Meg from Ga

Stefunkc said...

That gave me a much needed laugh!

jadine said...

Well, you already got the CAT (scan), so I guess it's time for the dog. That's pretty funny (not so much for Kendrie) :)

Grandma J said...

That made my day. Leave it to Kendrie!

Wendy said...

Oooh I love it when something goes so far over their heads that it becomes something else entirely. Too funny!

http://notesfromthesleepdeprived.blogspot.com

CAT said...

Awwww poor Kendrie!!! How did she take it when you told her the real story... That is one of the funniest stories I have heard is awhile, poor, poor girl!

Cathy

Anonymous said...

I am just rolling on the floor. I love your posts. All of them. The funny, the serious, and the sad.

Deb from NY

Stacia said...

That is hysterical!
Thanks for the laugh. :-)
I found your blog a few weeks ago and love reading your family stories.

Jeri from Hawaii said...

At the end of a very long, very emotional, dealing with dead people kind of day your post gave me a MUCH needed laugh!

M&Co. said...

I foster for the lab rescue in the town where you and I live. If you'd like any information, I'd be happy to put you in touch. I have one now that is the sweetest, laziest lab I've ever seen; and he has latched onto my daughter and adores her and I'm sure he would love your daughter as well. Most of our dogs come from the pound, so technically you would be getting a pound puppy.

Jacquie said...

Oh dear, that's too funny! Did you start to squeal and shriek? I think you should take a look - and show your kids - this little nugget of puppydom from our family, who, like yours, had been accustomed to an old, gentle beast in the house:

http://meandyouandellie.blogspot.com/2008/07/devil-dog.html

Pam Doughty said...

Oh dear.. heaven help you if someone calls in with LAB results next! Can't wait to hear about your babies when you get them; we got a 9 week old pup in March via Petsmart, and we just love her so much. Here's hoping that Kendrie will have her arms wrapped around a furry "brother" or "sister" real soon!

Eloise said...

Aww... bless Kendrie's heart! She must have been so disappointed when she learned the truth. I'm sure that lady has never had such a reaction to a reminder about a medical test!

Yay - you've inspired me and I finally have my own blog: http://weaselsjourney.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, you had me rolling in laughter....sorry Kendrie but that was hysterically funny.

Marie
www.caringbridge.org/visit/marielle

Lucy said...

That is hysterical and so sweet. She's going to love reading this one day.

Vicki said...

That just made me laugh out loud at work. I love kid stories, my 7 year old does stuff like that all the time. Thanks for sharing, you always have a way with wording everything.

Missy K said...

Oh poor Kendrie. But that was just hysterical!! Yep...sure needed that this morning :)

Stacie from MN said...

Oh, poor Kendrie! I'm sure it was hard for you to break it to her that the dog was not coming tomorrow!

Trish in VA said...

too funny! I have often gotten funny looks when I used to work in a department with a PET scanner and would say we had done x number of PET scans that day. lol! People thought we had taken to scanning dogs and cats to increase revenue!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh that is so funny. Just a slight misunderstanding on Kendrie's part. (sorry Kendrie) Hopefully you will meet your new dog soon.
Rena'

Katie said...

Awww. That's funny in such a slightly sad way.

Imagine the confusion if it was a cat scan...

Lisa said...

I hope the scan goes really well for Blaine and the results are good about his cancer....and it was a funny story too. Poor Kendrie.

katy said...

Hope the scan goes well and Kendrie gets her puppy soon.

Anonymous said...

Kristie I can so relate to Kendrie on this one. Many years ago my knee surgeon was to schedule me for an x-ray to see what was going on with my knee. When the hopital called to tell my when my "Cat scan" was scheduled, I told her that there was nothing wrong with my head and that it was my knee that they were to x-ray !!
Hope you get her that dog real soon.

Mel-Canada

Kelly said...

That's too funny. Although I think getting a new dog in the morning would be much more fun for all of you than a PET scan!!