Wednesday, February 4, 2009

in my job description

H-Mom has been using that expression a lot lately, but as in: "it's not in my job description." That is the huge hazard of working in a small business. Often times things are not managed in a particularly business-like manner.

But that is HER frustration, not Madison's. The gallery is a wonderful place if you are a dog who prefers to be velcro-ed to your human. The cement floor is nice and cool. There is excitement and there are visitors, but not too much upheaval. The jar of treats is always on the desk, to reward self-control and good "greeting" behavior.

This week, Madison has a new duty. It is "gallery monitor." She has shifted her sleeping place from under the desk to next to the front door. This is rather disconcerting for H-Mom, who is worried that someone will open the door quickly and create a disaster. The street right outside is very busy. There are dogs promenading regularly and lots of tempting bags of food leftovers swinging from the hands of tourists. H-Mom keeps relocating Madison, but she is a stubborn pup and completely confident with her new responsibilities. This is going to take some stern reinforcing.

Right now, there is a sign on the door that says "OPEN." H-Mom is thinking about making a new sign. It will say:
Madison had another duty assigned this week.

H-Mom finally finished the teen-human's Christmas present. It's only February. She is a little bit sheepish, because she hasn't been working very hard on it, but you will remember that version #1 was mangled by Madison. And then H-Mom ran out of black chenille yarn and had to order a skein online, which took a week or so.

It is the 3-2-1 and you're done curlicue scarf from Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs.

So yesterday, Madison was recruited to be a MODEL as well.

Is this is her job description?

She was tolerant and didn't even try to taste-test the curly wool scarf.

She actually looked rather skeptical.

And tired.

And a bit disheveled still from the morning at the dog park.

Don't models get paid lots of money? Don't they get coiffed and shined and polished and adjusted?

Wouldn't someone have fixed that wayward hair above Madison's nose? And cleaned the dog park dust-tears from her eyes?

This is the scarf that H-Mom crocheted. It is in a heavy heather wool with blue and green flecks, with the final row of single crochet in black chenille. The scarf is long and actually weighs a lot. H-Mom thinks it's kind of silly (would be better in a very lightweight synthetic with a giant hook, to make it looser) but the teen-human is impressed. She may never wear it, but she is impressed.

Kisses, Sammy-Jo. Merry Christmas!


Deetz said...

you look great in that scarf, goes great with your furs....
Hope it warms up in Florida for you, I bet the gators are even cold.

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

You are one busy puppy. Madison! I know that if I was walking past the gallery and saw you inside, I would step in!

In reply to your question, yes, the Epagneul Breton is still ubiquitous in these parts! The lady across from us has two, an elderly girl called Puce and an 8-month called Damia, who is my girlfriend! She is very cute!


Gussie said...

I love Madison's cheesed-off expression. We have so many pics like that ...

I think you need to make that sign ...


Gold fish, ha, you can't fool us Madison. The bottom left in the blue, looks like a Giant Schnauzer sitting on it's back haunches begging for a treat.

Enjoy the cool weater. We love it too.

Essex & Deacon

Mango said...

Its good to have a job. You are a great addition to the gallery. Are you sure that sweater isn't for you?


Kathryn and Ari said...

What is with you dogs and doorways? Miss Ari does the same thing! That's helpful when its -40F outside, since her furry body blocks the draft from under the door, but otherwise it can kind of be a hassle.

Anonymous said...

You are a lucky boy! Not every dog mommy can take the furkids to work :(

Kess And Her Mama said...

You're a busy dog, working 2 jobs (and doing such a good job too!) Hope you get lots of treats.

Stella said...

Madison Girl!

You could do any job you're given, and THAT's for sure!

That scarf is bootiful. If the teen hooman doesn't wear it maybe you should. It really compliments your furs.

Goobery love & kissies,

Maggie and Mitch said...

ooooooooooooooo, what a pretty scarf and you look lovely modeling it, Madison!
We think your mom has a great idea to change the sign on the door!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Wow, what a lovely scarf...clever Mom! And so well modelled Madison, we agree you should get paid for the photoshoot....a pig ear at the very least! We think your new sign is a great idea.....after all, a dog's gotta lie where a dog's gotta lie :o)
Slobbers, big friend xx

River said...

We are sorry to hear about H-Mom's job. It looks like Madison is creating her own job description. The scarf is very pretty. My mom thinks it looks like something from the sea.

love & wags,

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

Madison, daaarling, you look gorgeous.

Biggie-Z said...

You are looking beautiful, Madison! Come check out my blog - I gave you an award!

Anonymous said...

If I was lying that close to the door, my mom would be worried that I'd run right out if somebody opened it, and you know what? I would!

That's a very impressive scarf!

See ya!

Eduardo said...

Your a fabulous model! & a great worker!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

musings on a giant schnauzer in a little MEDIUM LARGE package