Wilma Wednesday: Hurdles

Wilma running

Wilma and I have a new hurdle to jump.

“I love to jump!”

“Not in the house, please, Wilma.”

“I will go outside!”

“Good girl.”

Off she goes…

Okay, here’s the hurdle: my home voice-over studio is up and running at last. When I’m recording I close the door to the room, plus both doors to the hallway, completely blocking her access to me. Wilma’s used to having access not only to the house, but to me, and she really hates it when I close those hallway doors. I have to, though, because her toes go tick tick tick on the floor. She heaves dramatic sighs outside the studio. She whines, “Let me in, Lady.” And the microphone picks up every bit of it.

Of course it also picks up my neighbor’s air conditioner, any lawnmower within a couple of blocks, and even—well, let’s just say we don’t use the plumbing while I’m recording. I’m not going to go charging around the neighborhood asking gardeners to clip the grass by hand. On the bright side, the noisy times are opportunities for correspondence, editing, and returning phone calls.

“I jumped!”

Wilma’s back, panting and happy.

“What did you jump, Wilma?”

“The rock pile, the lizard, and the dirt.”

“Wow, that’s a lot of jumping. What a good girl you are.”

“I am! Scuze me.” She runs outside again, to shout obscenities at the gate. How do dogs know to bark at the mailman?

Next time she comes in, both hallway doors will be closed. I fear this is going to be agony for both of us.

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  1. Lauren Kennedy - June 7, 2017 @ 03:28

    Oh my, how I enjoyed reading this. Being a Pasadena gal, the scene you describe around your house, brings back memories. I can almost smell the grass cuttings. I love the photo of Wilma.

    • Petrea - June 7, 2017 @ 15:58

      I’m glad you could stop by. You know how brown those clippings can be in Pasadena, but everything is green right now.

  2. chris - June 7, 2017 @ 04:41

    In time you know as well as I do, she will get use to the routine.. But, I don’t think u will. 🙂

    • Petrea - June 7, 2017 @ 15:58

      It is definitely harder for me, but so far I haven’t convinced her of that.

  3. William Kendall - June 7, 2017 @ 13:17

    Mailmen deliver bills. Humans hate bills. Dogs pick up on that, associating the person who drops those off every day of the week as being someone unpleasant. Therefore that person is forever deemed the enemy.

    • Petrea - June 7, 2017 @ 15:59

      If only he would bring me checks, she might like him more!

  4. TheChieftess - June 7, 2017 @ 21:55

    Ach! The agony of isolation! Much like Kelly’s agony when she senses that we’re up to something yucky like leaving her while we go off galavanting across the country… Doggy guilt trips are more agonizing than they can even imagine…

    • Petrea - June 8, 2017 @ 09:21

      So true. They’ve really perfected that!

  5. Barbara and Watson - June 8, 2017 @ 09:30

    Awww, c’mon! What’s a few toenail clicks on the tape matter? Just adds character. 🙂

    • Petrea - June 8, 2017 @ 14:14

      As soon as there are dogs in the scene, I’ll open the doors!

  6. Harding Wilkins - June 8, 2017 @ 11:58

    Sweet soul, your human is shut in a box:
    (it’s her own way of doing hurdles)!
    My human is finished watching Comey….(very slow).
    now I get to watch to lay in bed and watch the tennis., green ball left, green ball right, green ball left, green ball right,green ball…..

    • Petrea - June 8, 2017 @ 14:14

      Wilma says to tell you that sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. foundpoem1 - June 8, 2017 @ 23:28

    Ugh … know what you mean. The lawn mowers for the holdout lawns never fail to show up at the beginning of the conference call or during the last critical paragraph. And damn me for working from home, not wasting time on the pop-in convo, the chocolate cake by the cooler and the usual office clatch whatever.

    But Wilma,, the esprit de corps in that run and jump. She isn’t fretting being herself locked out … just that we cannot join her outside to run at that moment.

    It’s Thurs, late. But Wilma Weds.

    • Petrea - June 9, 2017 @ 07:46

      Wilma is a shining example of living well.

  8. magiceye - June 9, 2017 @ 04:32

    Marvellous action capture and a wonderful smiley commentary!

    • Petrea - June 9, 2017 @ 07:47

      Thanks, magiceye!

  9. Lowell - June 11, 2017 @ 17:45

    That is an excellent photo of Wilma – caught in action and very sharp. I know what you mean about trying to record … I had a small recording studio in our house for several years and it was very difficult to keep the noise level down far enough … and I did not have a dog or cat at that point.

    Wilma sounds like a very loving, sweet dog!

    • Petrea - June 11, 2017 @ 19:47

      She is so dear, Lowell. Loving and sweet and all of it!

  10. Shelley - June 11, 2017 @ 21:08

    Oh boy, oh boy … I think you need Maxwell’s Cone of Silence, dear Petrea.

    Great job on the jumping, Wilma !!

    • Petrea - June 12, 2017 @ 14:01

      I had to look that up!

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