Thursday, February 6, 2014

Kelly, Ike and the Big Green Chair #RecipeforMoments

Here is my Big Green Chair in the furniture store showroom.

Here is my Big Green Chair in real life:

My family and the Big Green Chair

My chair is not empty like in the showroom. It's full of dogs and people, blankets and pillows and books and cookie crumbs. This is where my dogs Kelly and Ike and I spend our special moments together.

Sure, we take walks together, and they're great. And we get out in the yard and play fetch. And those times are special. We love keeping active and fit together. But the most special moments are when we are cuddled together in my Big Green Chair, snuggling, smooching, sometimes snoozing.

We each have our own place on the Big Green Chair. I get the side close to the little table where I can rest my book or beverage. Ike likes to lie on the ottoman, then he climbs up onto my lap.

Kelly is funny, because she prefers the highest spot.

We each have our own place and we each settle in there every evening, and tell each other about our day. I rub Ike's ears. I reach up and pat Kelly. And I feel their warm bodies next to me, Ike warming my legs and Kelly warming my neck, and it is comforting and relaxing and peaceful.

There are times, of course, when it's not so peaceful. Kelly is playful. Ike wants me to throw his tennis ball. If I'm trying to read, they stick their head in between me and the pages. If I'm working on the laptop they step on the keyboard. Times like these, all I can do is put aside my work and take a break and give them some attention. And usually they are right--it's just what I needed.

There also was the time I wasn't feeling well. I wrapped myself up in a blanket on my Big Green Chair. Before I knew it, the dogs joined me. It made me feel a lot better.

Currently, my husband is ill and in critical condition in the ICU. Every day I come home from the hospital and the first place I go is to my Big Green Chair. The dogs climb up beside me and their presence comforts me. Just knowing that they're here for me helps me know I can get through anything.

My Big Green Chair may not look as pristine as it did in the showroom. The cushions are lopsided. The seat is covered with dog hair. But I like it better this way. Don't you agree?

*Just after I wrote this, I saw this cartoon in the newspaper. Have they been spying on me?!

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  1. What a touching post, love that green chair filled with family love. So sorry to hear about your husband. I did not know he was ill. Mom and I wish him the best and you the strength to get through his illness.

  2. The Showroom... big green chair looked so SAD and LONELY.... NOW it looks like HOME !!!!

  3. Hi Y'all,

    My paws are crossed for y'all. My Human is saying prayers. She understands what you are feeling because she has been there with my Human Papa in ICU on 2 different occasions. The worst part is the hospital lets you stay the night with your spouse except if they are in ICU.

    Patting us really helps with the stress. We are great psychotherapists too.

    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. What a nice post... I was thinking along the same lines the other night. I love all the time I get to spend with Shiloh. Playing, walking, relaxing on the couch... Shiloh is not a cuddly dog. He wants to be right with me, at my feet or in his spot on the couch. He'll follow me from room to room. And he does enjoy being pet and the occasional belly rub. But after a few minutes of snuggling and petting, he'll move away to his own space (still nearby), or more often run to get a toy. He's no less attached, that's just the way he is. But other than those moments of pure *connection* during agility runs, the time I treasure most with him is bedtime. Shiloh sleeps in bed with me, and is one of those rare dogs that is very polite and sticks to his own space without sticking paws in my face or whining to be fed. But right at bedtime, we have a routine. We cuddle, and I give him belly rubs. I scratch his ears and talk about the day, and we "discuss" what we'll do tomorrow. He kisses my nose. It's *our* time, and it's special. I'm glad you have that with Kelly & Ike in your big green chair, too!

  5. What a special spot for cuddling and hanging out with the whole family. I'm sorry your hubs is still not home to cuddle up with you guys. We are continuing to send pawsitive thoughts and hope he will be better and back home soon!

  6. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsFebruary 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    There is no place like home and that chair is a very special part of yours. The coziness you all share is so precious.....I hope your husband is home with you soon cuddling in the chair with all of you. I have been thinking of you often and checking in on FB to see how he is doing....I hope things are still headed in the right direction.

  7. Great post. Oddly neither Jack or Maggie get on the furniture...they just don't, it's not s rule, but I'm okay with it. Sometimes I miss the cuddling though. Our Sally was like Kelly - her favorite spot was on top of the cushions right at the corner of the sectional sofa - she could really spread out and survey everything that was going on.

  8. Golden LOVE it! Same is happening with our new (not so new anymore) coach. Sending Lots of Golden LOVE.

  9. So touching! I loved the picture where you are sleeping and Ike and Kelly are with you. Your husband is on our prayers. We hope everything goes alright

  10. I think your big green chair looks much better at home filled with love than it does in the store just begging for love.

  11. Nice post !! Last year i also adopted a dog . he is so cute and he is a part of my family. I love him so much.

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  12. Now I want to get a big green chair for our living room. I think it will create a family and animal bond just like what yours is doing. Your babies are awesome!

  13. What a lovely post. That chair looks SO comfy and even more comfy with those furry family members lounging on it. :)


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