Katie and Lady have become two peas in a pod. I've taken to calling them "Thelma and Louise," a reference that will ring a bell for readers over the age of 20. Can you believe that movie came out 20 YEARS ago?? 21, to be exact. Geesh...it seems like just the other day. Thelma is described in the movie reviews as a passive, goofy housewife (that'd be Katie) with Louise summarized as "strong, organized, and stern, with some unspecified trauma in her past." Yep, that's Lady.
The two friends take off on a 2 day fishing trip that unexpectedly turns into a wild cross country adventure. To this day if I encounter a rude or lewd truck driver, I channel Thelma and Louise and smile, mentally enjoying the fantasy of watching his semi blow sky high.
I was so surprised when Katie took up with Lady. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while remember that Animal Compassion Network placed Katie here to live with her brother, after she was "given back" to the agency. So of course the expectation - at least on my part - was that she would hang with Lucky. But it didn't work that way. She'll spend time with him on occasion, but it's Lady who has become the BFF.
I admit that I wasn't thrilled at this change in the planned order of things. After all, Lady can be a real rascal. Stubborn, sneaky, and with a variety of behaviors that occasionally make you want to pull out clumps of your own hair. Lucky on the other hand is the most well behaved dog that ever lived.
I knew I was in trouble the first time I saw Katie tiptoe behind a bush and pretend to pee - one of Lady's infamous tricks. Lady must have some camel DNA, because she has always been able to go inordinately long periods of time without urinating. She'll go outside with Lucky for potty breaks, but just stand there and watch him, and then come back in. Most of the time I don't insist, but there are occasions when I do need her to go, like when she won't have another opportunity to go out for 8 or 9 hours. If I insist - "Lady, do your business!" she will generally comply.
Or so I thought, until the day I realized that what she was actually doing was heading off to a bush with purpose, going around the back side of it - and standing there. Then, when Lucky was done and came running back, so would she, with the exact same "I went, I'm so proud of myself, aren't you proud of me?" body language. Now when I see her lurking behind a bush (I even catch her peeking at me, to see if I'm looking), I"ll say "I see you!" And then she'll usually come on out and pick a place to go. Hilarious, that dog.
So you can imagine my disbelief (and amusement) the day I let the three dogs out and then noticed that TWO of them were lurking behind bushes, and only one was taking care of business! What a hoot. I have to insist that Katie go, however, because while Lady has camel DNA, Katie does not. Katie is on medication for spay incontinence. So hiding behind bushes is not an option for her. But how funny is that? Silly dogs.
And so it goes - what Lady does, Katie does. What Lady won't do, Katie won't do. Two stubborn peas in a pod. But what funny, sweet peas they are. Thelma and Louise.