Dog days of summer

July 16, 2008 at 8:34 pm 7 comments

     Is it bad to say our dog and C remind me of each other? I say it with undying love for both dog and kid. Dog was our firstborn; we used to joke when I was pregnant that if the baby was allergic to the dog, the baby would have to go. Dog wasn’t sure about C for awhile, and usually gave C a wide birth as a baby. He did, however, sleep under C’s crib, and usually parked himself next to his carseat on the floor, which is where C spent much of his baby time. C needed lots of calm, quiet, non-interactive time as a baby as he was easily overwhelmed, so I put him in his carseat, sat him on the floor and did things around him. Dog kept watch.

     Yet as C grew, I began to note some similarities between Dog and C. Dog definitely has sensory issues. Despite being bred for sheepherding in the moors of Great Britain, he doesn’t like to get his feet wet. When we walk after rains, he takes care to walk around puddles and will go to great lengths to avoid wet paws. I picture Dog with his paws up, fingers splayed, much like C when his hands are dirty. 

     Along with sensory issues, there are social ones. When C was a toddler, he would go up to other kids in the park and just scream with glee. He had no words yet, and the general response from the other kids was to run screaming in the other direction. C had no idea about personal space or social rules. Dog is the same. He dances in circles around other dogs, jumping and barking happily and probably wondering why the other dog has his tail between his legs. I call it “happy aggressive,” and I have described C in the same terms.

     Despite the social difficulties, both Dog and C are social butterflies. Being a herding breed, Dog can’t stand it when we’re all in separate rooms. Just like Dog, C likes to be in the middle of everything and wants everyone together. Truly ones of a kind, both Dog and C wear their hearts on their sleeves and fill the world around them with joy at the same time.

     I have no doubt they are related.

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  • 1. jesch  |  July 17, 2008 at 5:14 am

    not to mention how Dog goes nuts when someone comes to the door…

    Yes, I forgot about that one! Now it’s almost a competition between the two of them as to who can be more excited! The phone now too with C – he races to the phone to see who is calling and screams, “I’LL GET IT!!!” regardless of who it is. LOL!

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  • 2. Good Fountain  |  July 17, 2008 at 5:33 am

    I love that comparison. I find no such similarities between Chee and my introverted, neurotic-but-needy cat.

    Cats are entertaining to say the least. I think there’s much more diversity in cat personalities than dog personalities. It’s probably a good thing there aren’t any similarities between Chee and the cat! LOL!

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  • 3. robinaltman  |  July 17, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I like the image of Dog with his paw splayed out because he hates having his feet wet. So cute! They sound like nice little companions.

    Two peas in a pod, those two!

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  • 4. looksgoodinpolkadots  |  July 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Get Dog some doggy rain boots… they he won’t have to suffer! 🙂 Can you just see Dog walking with boots on… heh… that gives me pause!

    You know, when we lived in Ski Town, we did have some snow booties for him, but he hated them. But he’d get tons of snow packed into his footpads, so that was frustrating for him too. He is definitely sensory impaired! When he did have the boots on, he walked SO funny we just howled.

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  • 5. LoisR  |  July 19, 2008 at 12:30 am

    You must have one very cute dog!

    He is pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself! 😉 He is a great dog, really. We’ll be losing him to cancer at some point in the likely near future, so we’re enjoying every second we have with him!

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  • 6. goodmum  |  July 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t see what’s wrong with it. It is what it is, right? 😉

    As long as you don’t start tucking your dog in a night and putting C out for one last piddle…. 😛

    Now there’s an idea…C has mentioned how much he would like to go to the bathroom outside, just like Dog. And Dog does like to sleep on a bed. Guess I’d better be careful! LOL!

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  • 7. Kathie  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    LOL! Cute! We have a kitten who sleeps under a huge pillow with her body crammed agaisnt the back of the couch, just like our little guy! Cracks us up! We are fairly certain the klitten is on the spectrum!

    🙂

    There you are, friend! There is a kids’ book about cats and autism out at the moment. It’s pretty cute, as I recall from my quick scan. And your two spectrum “kids” ought to have a shared experience and bonding! We have to take friends in whatever form they come, right?

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