Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Monday, December 03, 2007

Why we can't have a Christmas tree

Why We Can't Have a Christmas Tree

by Doc Kaufman

Jen says we can't have a Christmas tree this year. It all started last week when she came home and found us trapped in the office. We are not supposed to be in the office at all and she usually closes the door. In fact, she put all of the Christmas presents in the office to keep them safe from our usual games of tug of war and wrestling. She also puts the baby doll in the office because she says "This is where the baby will sleep when it comes". She got the baby doll a few weeks ago so we could practice being good around a baby before we actually get the real baby.

Last week, she came home from work and saw the baby (who was supposed to be in the office) in the hallway...naked. She said, "Oh, no!" and started calling us. We tried to come, but couldn't because somehow, we had gotten trapped in the office. I'm pretty sure one of us (probably Schatzi) had pushed the door open and we'd had some fun in the office, playing tug of war with the Christmas presents, burying toys in the Christmas presents, chewing on the Christmas presents. But then, one of us (probably me) pushed the door shut and we were trapped! We cried and cried for Jen to come find us and when we finally heard her voice, we were so relieved, we wagged our tails and our whole bodies with joy.
She didn't think our fun was a good idea and she wasn't as happy to see us as we were to see her. After she sat on the couch and counted to ten, she called us over and let us make up with her. We were sorry, but the damage had already been done. She told us we couldn't have a Christmas tree this year because she didn't want to worry about us playing with that, too.
So, no Christmas tree at the Kaufmans' this year.


Laura said...
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Laura said...

Poor Doc and Schatzi, mom is depriving them of sharing in the rich holiday tradition!

Haha! I totally see why, Jen! What a cute story though.

raecatherine said...

I completely understand. Layla was always kind of stalking our tree, and I could never hang the shiny balls on the lower branches or they'd become kitty toys. I have no idea what Sophie would do, but she loves balls much more than Layla.

Debbie said...

What a bummer but sometimes dogs make us make tough decisions. After one holiday with no tree I'm sure they'll straighten up and learn to not play with toys that don't belong to them.

Amy said...

Wow...tough love. What was the course of action to teach them not to take the clothes off the baby?

Jen said...

Actually, after thinking about it more, I decided that undressing the baby might be a useful skill for the dogs to have. I could be cooking dinner and say, "Go undress the baby" and then the baby would be ready for a bath by the time I get there. What do you think? :)

The Chase Family said...

Maybe you guys could get like one of those little 18 inch Christmas trees and put it up on top of a table or something! I made an Advent wreath on Saturday and put it in the dining room, Thomas has already broke two of the candles!

Amy said...

Gee, I wish I had two active dogs to get Noah ready for his bath.