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Butt Scratches for Duke


So, those of you who hop over to KIN on the reg know something is up this week. We’re all a bit of a mess at the R.Simple House. For many reasons laid out in this post, we sent Duke to live with Jon’s family in Michigan for the next six months. The fact that it is temporary, and we will get our puppy dog back for Harry’s first birthday is wonderful, but it doesn’t make us miss him any less while he’s gone. We’ve been questioning whether we did the right thing every minute of every day, but ultimately, we knew this was best for Duke. Jon’s family love, love, loves that dog and has a lot more time for him than I will in the coming months. He’ll be spoiled there. Like a six month long summer camp.

But since I have Duke on the mind, I thought it was time for another update on the Duke-Harry situation. Last time we chatted about this, Duke was having a difficult time adjusting to a new baby in the house. He was as sweet as ever with Harry, just a little off in the rest of his world.

I’m very happy (and due to the current situation, a little sad) to report that Harry and Duke are now the best of friends. Harry adores Duke, preferring to spend his mornings climbing all over Duke’s back, petting his head, pulling his ears, and kissing him all over the place. Duke loves the attention, but even more, he loves the food that Harry “shares.” At meal times, you would be hard pressed to find that dog anywhere but under Harry’s high chair. I even caught Harry feeding Duke a bean the other day. Yep. Straight up feeding his bean to Duke.

Duke has calmed down a bit in the aspects of his personality which took a hit when we brought Harry home. He’s back to normal. And man, do we love that little puppy. I’ll be over at KIN today talking about one of my favorite Duke stories (and a good Calvin one too!), so if you miss Duke like I do, pop over there. You’ll get a good chuckle, and a few super cute photos.

And family, please give Duke a kiss for me.

xoxo, Mallory

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Duke Kisses

R.Simple Life | Dog Kisses

Finally, someone in the family who likes them.

xoxo, Mallory

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Three Boys

A countless number of people have wondered how Duke and Calvin are doing with Harry.

Dog & Cat deal with Harry

Calvin. When we brought Harry home from the hospital, Calvin had been hanging out with a onesie he had spit up on for a day, so the scent was familiar. Calvin ignored Harry for a day or two – or so we thought. It took me a day to realize that Calvin was always a few feet away, and even though it looked completely unintentional, it was not. He was following Harry and I around the house, always ready to step in as head babysitter if I needed a night off. Though that hasn’t happened (yet) Calvin has continued to follow us around. He loves Harry. He’s concerned with any noises, happy or sad, movements are carefully watched, and even sleeping Harry is Calvin’s new best friend. I had to run down the hall, soaking wet and soapy, after jumping out of my shower because I watched Calvin (on the monitor) hop into Harry’s crib for an afternoon cuddle.

And the feeling is mutual. Harry immediately stops fussing when Calvin meows. Calvin’s purring draws Harry’s eye every time. Even patient Calvin’s fur is something soft to be touched (and pulled) in Harry’s world.

Duke. It’s a little bit of a different story with the canine of our family. When we introduced Duke to Harry after bringing him home from the hospital, Duke ignored him. It was like he didn’t realize we had come home after two days with a baby. He was just happy to see me (I had left in full on active labor and hadn’t come home in two days… so needless to say, Duke was concerned). It wasn’t until I came downstairs after feeding Harry that Duke realized there was someone else. He was very curious. Cautious, but curious.

Since then, Duke has been very concerned anytime Harry makes a noise. Other than that, he ignores Harry. The feeling’s pretty mutual – Harry doesn’t give Duke much attention. The problem for our poor Duke though, is this… he’s used to being an “only child.” He’s always been a needy dog, demanding lots of (or all of our) attention. And now that we have a baby at the house, Duke isn’t getting the attention he wants. And therefore is acting out. Not a ton, just forgetting to listen and forsaking the rules that have been ingrained in him for 5 years. Enough to drive us all a little crazy. Poor Duke. He loves Harry to pieces, is always near, but isn’t handling the lack of constant attention as well as we’d hoped. I’ll try to keep you updated on Duke’s progress.

It looks like Harry takes after his Mom – cat person all the way.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 15

I have a dog named Duke, and today I am thankful for him. He may be rambunctious, stubborn, and noisy, but he is also sweet, playful, and obnoxiously cute. He has a huge heart of gold which causes him to crave doggy cuddles daily. It also drives him to run to me as soon as I cry out in pain. He has nice big teeth and an even bigger bark, which makes me feel much better when Jonathan is out of town.

I am so thankful for the time I get to spend with my little (big) puppy Duke.

xoxo, Mallory

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I woke up to thunder, lightning, and lots and lots of rain this morning. This kind of weather makes me gloomy. But the best kind of gloomy. Like the kind you get when listening to Bon Iver. Or when you experience something bittersweet – but a bit more milk chocolate than unsweetened chocolate. It’s the kind of gloomy I live for; it makes me think I would absolutely love living in the Pacific Northwest.

The only problem was, all I wanted to do was snuggle in bed all morning with my warm husband. And that couldn’t happen. So for now, I’m working in the dark living room listening to the sound of the rain outside. And I’m happy.

How does rain make you feel?

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend!

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Well we made it through our first hurricane and Isaac will not be forgotten in this household. We stayed nice and dry inside, despite loads of flooding in our town and even more in the surrounding cities. We even had lots of flooding on base. Luckily, all we got at our house was a bit of wind and lots of rain.

This weekend will be spent with Jonathan’s brother + some good friends celebrating the unofficial end of the summer season. Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend

Hope you all enjoy your weekends as thoroughly as this pup does his!

xoxo, Mallory

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Poor Duke. He’s getting the short end of this pregnancy stick. This first trimester has been rough on Mama. Morning sickness, exhaustion, and more morning sickness has meant the normal running/biking/yoga/gym routine has waned. A lot. Add to that the unimaginable heat of a landlocked southern state (I am a northern girl through and through) and the walks have become less frequent and much shorter.

So poor Duke hasn’t been getting as much exercise as he is used to. Not to mention the fact that he hasn’t had enough Doggy Play Dates since leaving Oklahoma. He’s bored. And BAD.

I feel bad for the guy, I really, really do. I know it isn’t easy to lose out on your regular workout routine. I KNOW. Just because I’m miserably glued to the couch doesn’t mean I don’t desperately miss my workouts. I do. And so does Duke. But all this pent up energy has got to go somewhere. So it goes to barking at Fred, the neighbor dog. Chasing his tail in the guest room. Whining instead of using his bell to get outside. Overall, just being a bad dog.

And I have no patience for it. He is driving me crazy. I’m home with him all day, and all night, and I am about ready to set him free. So today, I am reminding myself of the wonderful dog I have. The dog who protects me like his life depends on it when Jon is gone. The dog who listens to almost every command, even if it is begrudgingly. The dog who is sweet as can be, and just wants to rest his head on my lap. The dog who loves me more than anything.

There is good news! This week has been significantly less nauseous. I’m still exhausted, but not so nauseous. Which means, we’ve been incorporating a bit more power walking into our mornings. And next week… if this continues, we’re going to attempt a few runs again. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel Duke.

I’m going to have to lose the baby weight some way…

xoxo, Mallory

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