Of dogs and bare floors

When Monty came to live with us more than a decade ago, our 1930s cottage featured some pretty old carpets. Hubby and I had moved ourselves and the kids to the countryside. It was just 10 miles out of Edinburgh, but what glorious vistas we enjoyed! At that time, we were asked by Scottish Pyrenean Rescue whether we would adopt a dog of 18 months; thus Monty came to live with us.

Monty's home with us in White Cottage, Scotland, where we replaced the carpeted floors with tiled ones.

Monty’s home with us in White Cottage, Scotland, where we replaced the carpeted floors with tiled ones.

All I can say is that thankfully the carpets in the cottage were not worth crying over. They were thin, old, and ugly. Monty, with his penchant for dirtying the carpets eventually encouraged us to get rid of them. We replaced them with lovely floor tiles that had the look of having been in situ in the cottage forever.

Now the fun began. When rushing around, poor Monty took to skating across the tiles. Oh, our two youngsters enjoyed the fun and games, as this huge dog did the splits and twirls like a seasoned ballet dancer. However, for me, these tiled floors were a godsend. They were easy to clean, did not take stains, and Monty’s footsteps as he pattered across the tiles were nicely muffled, almost as much as if we had kept the carpets in place.

Fast forward to 2013, and Maddi and Zack have now discovered the joys of floor skating too. Blenheim Lodge came with carpeting on the floors, but Monty’s not so little accidents left us with no choice but to remove them. The carpeted floor in our lounge was replaced with flagstone floors, which have posed no problems for the dogs even when they rush into the room as there is a natural uneven texture to the stone.

The laminate floor in our hallway however poses a small hazard, and some doggy comic moments have become a way of life. Zack is still young enough to dance about, particularly when he is feeling frisky. Otherwise, there is the excitement of playing with Maddi, when both dogs bob and weave in an effort to better the other with their gymnastic abilities. The skittering of nails on board as the dogs slip and slide whilst enjoying a bout of tumble tots tell us they are enjoying themselves.

The funny moments come when the dogs become too engrossed in play or rush about. Then, we see them sliding like the proverbial skater who has lost control of his or her feet. Picture in your mind all four doggy feet strapped onto skates splaying out in opposite directions as our hapless animals try to stop themselves. If they had been human, they would be screaming with laughter or fear. Our furry friends, however, carry on with wide open eyes and mouths, looking manic as they try to find purchase on the slippery floor. Thankfully, their humans are always there to provide a softish bumper!

comic dog on skates

Our Pyrenean Mountain Dogs have a different look, but this image will give you an idea of the laughs to be had when our dogs ‘skate’! (Image courtesy of http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/animal%20comic.)

I watched today as Zack waltzed happily up to my sister before realising that he was not going to stop in time as he slid toward some potted plants. His predicament inspired this post and I sat chuckling at the computer whilst typing this. Luckily for him, Sis grabbed hold of his collar before he could collide into the plants. And his reward for this aborted skating show? A cinnamon roll – one of his favourite treats!

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5 Responses to Of dogs and bare floors

  1. BeWithUs says:

    Ha! This reminds me of my dog….she would nervously skate pass us without stopping when we shouted out “bath time” while running towards our direction….LOL….

    Thank you for sharing~ Cheers!! 😀

  2. blodge1 says:

    Your comment has made me remember trying to bathe our dogs in Singapore. In the end, ! ended up tying them up to bathe them. After that, I had to take a shower myself!

  3. BeWithUs says:

    Your dogs are big…that’s why! But mine was a small one and yet getting her into that bathtub had been the toughest thing in all her 12 yrs with us…so, we will normally bathe with her…LOL…

    Have a lovely day ahead, Cheers!! 😀

  4. blodge1 says:

    We used to pick up the mongrels on the streets. I had three mongrels which were not particularly large. However, the good thing about bathing them in Singapore was that we could do it out of doors as it is hot enough for the dogs not to get chilled. I can’t do it here in the Lake District with our current two, so they only get bathed in kennels when we take them there!
    So nice chatting with you.

  5. BeWithUs says:

    Ahh…we always blow-dry her after the shower…I guess that was probably the only part that she had enjoyed in bathing…LOL..

    Nice chatting with you too, my friend!

    Have a lovely day ahead, always~ Cheers!!! 😀

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