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Retirement is not without Hassles: Grandkids and Pets #33

Retirement means spending more time with kids and pets.  Who needs a hobby when you’ve got these responsibilities?   My son and grandkids live in Florida so I’m not getting those impromptu babysitting calls that many retirees actually enjoy.  Maybe there’s a reason I live so far away?  I just visited in February and will be back in July.  I’ll also see them again in August when we all will meet in San Francisco.  I’m honestly trying to evenly spread my travel time between family and leisure.

Yes, I’m spending more time with the pets.  These are my daily companions who are just getting used to me infringing on their quiet time.    I used to have co-workers; Now, all I have two dogs and a cat to complain to all day.  They stalk me, hoping for food, to go outside for a walk, or better yet a ride in the car.  Tally, who’s a seven year old black Schnauzer, is not trustworthy, so she’s always on a leash when we’re outside. This morning, she broke free, and I chased her down to Starbucks.  I try to take them there a couple of times a week, since they usually get a treat.    Apparently, Tally felt that she could go there on her own!  Tinker is our older Schnauzer, who is a little less venturesome, worried that there won’t be food if she doesn’t stay close by.  I wrote a humorous poem a few years ago about Tinker’s  voracious appetite:




We have a dog named Tinker,

Eats everything in sight.

She wants a treat each morning,

Gets ham most every night.


She’s at my feet when dining,

Just waiting for her share.

I simply can’t ignore,

Her impatient stare.


When we take her on a walk,

Her nose is on the ground.

Searching every crack,

For a morsel to be found.


Ice cream is a favorite,

She licks it off the stick.

And if you want some for yourself,

You better eat it quick.


When we order Chinese,

Her tail begins to wag.

And she starts to whimper,

When she sees the bag.


She wants her Fortune cookie,

In no mood to chase her ball.

She’s been known to eat them,

Plastic wrapper and all.


On the morning after,

When I went to scoop.

You’ll never guess what I found?

A fortune in her poop.


Copyright 2009


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