Wednesday, February 8, 2012


We have been busy-busy-busy here lately! Everything has been upended and in disarray the last two weeks while several rooms got a fresh coat of paint. One of the rooms involved was Lucky's Room. Moving Lucky out of his room resulted in this:


You see, Lucky is a creature of habit and routine. One of his quirkier habits is his preference for being alone in the back bedroom, unless something more compelling (i.e. dinner, a walk) is going on. Lucky has never been the dog that will lay at your feet while you read a book by the fireplace. I used to think that this preference for being alone was a product of the social deprivation that marked his early years. And it may be, but I've long since stopped worrying about it and trying to change him. It took a couple of years, but eventually I realized that Lucky is a happy dog, and there's nothing wrong with his behavior. It's just who he is. Some people prefer spending time alone, and obviously, some dogs do too.

But this painting project required moving Lucky out of his "den" in the back bedroom. He's actually a pretty easygoing guy, so he didn't get discombobulated in the anxious, frantic sense of the word. He just wanted to get back into his room. In the worst way. An array of comfy beds in an adjacent room failed to entice him.

When you are a creature of habit, you want to be in the Right Room much more than you want your bed that has been placed in the Wrong Room. Since fresh paint and dog hair don't mix well, a constant state of vigilance was required. But coming upon this scene one afternoon made me laugh out loud....

I tried to explain to Lucky that his luck might take a turn for the worse if he continues to hang out underneath ladders, but he didn't seem to care.

"What? I'm out of the way! Not hurting anything.
I'll just stay here while you finish."
Fortunately, the freshly painted walls and Lucky both survived the experience. One bedroom and two bathrooms now have a fresh, clean look, and things have been restored to normal. Lucky has his den back, and all is right with his universe! :)


  1. lol! That is too funny that he camped out underneath the ladder :) Melanie is sort of a loner sometimes too. As long as they're happy though they can sleep where the want :) The room looks great!

  2. Your room looks nice, sunny and inviting. Love it! Your doggies is similar to mine. They like the same routine and like their own spots. They each have their own beds at night and different "day time" spots.

  3. it sure is looking good. Thank goodness you are helping out
    Benny & Lily

  4. Awww what a sweet post, made me smile. Great pictures! What an interesting quirk! I have never heard of a dog preferring privacy. Lucky is very lucky :)

    Thanks for your kind words. I believe Mr. O will be released from the hospital tomorrow. He was so sick :(

  5. What a hoot! Our old girl Raven was a bit more independent like Lucky until she got older, then she latched on to me real tight. But then, who can blame Lucky? Look at what a fine den he has there! So glad all is right with his world, again.

  6. Oh Lucky I totally understand. You and I must share some DNAs.
    Of course, I'm a cat so I'm supposed to be finicky and set in my ways. I'm purrfectly happy to be completely away from the maddening crowd. Hugs Madi

  7. I side with Lucky COMPLETELY on this. I hate my routine and my house being disturbed.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  8. Lucky make me laugh! Too funny seeing him underneath the ladder!
    I have the same opinion of Winnie and Lucky: I don't like that my routine and my house being disturbed.
    So nice and inviting your bedroom!
    Have a pleasant weekend!