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19 December 2004 @ 12:52 am
How the mighty have fallen  
I just wanted to post a little anecdote. And it's and inspiration to those without bostons who so despiratly want one, but there is that one person in your life who just isn't the dog type of person:

My grandfather owns 2 houses, his and a few towns away, a 2-family where my mom and sisters live upstairs and me, my bf and our babies live downstairs. Now my landlord, my grandfather, is a stubborn old swede. I'm sure those of you that know a swede, or are a swede, know exactly what I am talking about. He's not the most animal loving person, he'll view them from a nice, safe distance, but certainly never show any sort of love towards them. He still brings up every now and then about when I brought my late bunny Raeni to his house one Thanksgiving, he lost 2 lamps and a telephone to her chewing. He calls my rabbits the "pellet machines", cause pellets go in and pellets come out! When I first asked him about getting a dog, he was much turned off to the idea, and told me he'd "think about it." 3 weeks goes by, no word. Finally I ask him, batting my eyes, and he says, "Oh fine get your dog." And I kiss his feet. We get Roxie some weeks later. My grandfahter comes over probably every day or every other day to do work on our old house. He avoids Roxie. She tries to play with him and he says to me, "I played with my children and my grandchildren, but she's not my cup of tea." She pooped in her crate and he says, "I smelled her before I saw her." She chews on the couch pillows and he says, "Hmmm...does she always chew things like that?" She's playing rough and he gives a disapproving look. She farts and he says, "Ooo...she's smelly."

Fast forward, a month after we got her--He's been doing work in the house all day, I come home from work to find him still there. He says, "Is she feeling well today? I usually hear her bark in her crate but today she was quiet." The next week, he's looking through my Dog Encyclopedia on the Boston Terrier page, and says to my mom, "Gee, they have nothing but good things to say about this breed!" The week after, I'm holding her as he's leaving, and he says, "Bye Roxie!" and waves to her.

TODAY, Saturday--Mike and I stayed home most of the day, and my grandfather came over about noon. She's running around as he's working. He's pausing between wallpapering to scratch her ears and talk to her. He moved his wallpapering supplies out of her reach so she wouldn't get sick. He's singing little made up songs to her, going "Foxy Roxie! La di da di da." (I found the lyrics kind of gross, but well beggers can't be choosers!) And he said "Bye Roxie!" as he left, and waved to her.

No one, not even stubborn old men who don't even like dogs that much, can resist a boston terrier!
I am feeling: awakeawake
I am listening to: roxie snoring...loudly
vishusvishus on December 19th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC)
Great story. I have found that Kong can warm the heart of anyone he meets. My girlfriend has never liked dogs because she always thought dogs didn't like her but Kong has changed her mind on that. Sometimes I think she likes him more than me and vice versa. JK
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on December 19th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! I thought it was cute, and might give hope to those who might need it. I think a lot of people don't realize how easy it is to love an animal, I think they concentrate on the negatives (poop scooping, cleaning, vet expenses) and just don't realize that the positives waaaaayyyyyy out-number the negatives, and that you'd do it all over again in a heart beat! ...well, maybe a few heart beats for the poop scooping... :-P
vixvix on December 19th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC)
This story was wonderful. I love reading about how animals change a formerly-animal-hating person. My dad was the same way with cats until he met mine, and though now he'll only say "Yours is the only cat I could ever tolerate" I have a feeling it's just a bluff. Bostons were never a problem for our family to fall in love with -- what a terrific breed.
Jessicajemntheambiens on December 19th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC)
Great story! Thats what happened to my grandmom. She swore off dogs froever met Elvis now she wants to have a whole farm of bostons. Its cute.
Loving Life: Boston's Rulellinthesand on December 19th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
It's a Boston thing! There is no other breed like them. Bostons.... anything else is just a dog! *g*
Penny Tentiary: tuneycakes!mouthfullofdust on December 19th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
thats a great story.
a friend used to be afraid of dogs, but after a little while, tuney and christy completely won her over.
trexphile on December 19th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
[raises hand] I'm just like your grandfather. Hated dogs, wouldn't let them near me, would never EVER have one much less let one in my house.

And then my daughter brought a baby Boston home.

Sara Raesarakenobi on December 19th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
awwww thats so great! my grandpa would have tried to eat Lucy :-p they are SO not dog people. my grandparents, being the epitome of evil, tried killing their neighbor's dog cuz it kept coming onto their land. bad people. your grandpa sounds like my dad though :) he would never admit he actually LIKED an animal :p but brings my grandma's dog (very weird now that she has one and used to shoot em....) to the petstore so he can pick out his own toys :-p
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on December 19th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the wonderful comments! I think it's absolutely amazing how animals transform people. I never would have thought, in a hundred trillion million years, that my grandfather would have the capasity to *sing* to an animal, the same way he sung to his children and grandchildren. It blew me away. I always want bostons!! They are truely the greatest little dogs.
corinne davinacorinnadavina on December 19th, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
My best friend was like that, but she met my first boston Bo and loved him from first sight.
It's hard not to love them because they don't give up with people who don't like them.
Amber: Ashtonchancepuppeh on December 20th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC)
" It's hard not to love them because they don't give up with people who don't like them."

That is so true. Ashton loves everyone and doesn't give up.
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on December 20th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
That describes them perfectly!