Take a Seat?

To sit or not to sit, that is the question. At least around here, anyway. For most people I imagine it’s a very simple, consequence free question, unworthy of much thought. With Eko and Penny around, the calculation is significantly more complex.

Here’s the thing. The moment I sit on the couch, this is what happens18.1

Instant dogpile


Sitting on the couch is a contact sport 

And that’s just the beginning. After an interminable race to jockey for position, the pups always end up in a formation that’s part roadblock, part JENGA.


When they’re finally settled, you don’t want to risk moving and having the dogs come crashing down


Sure, Emily’s arm went numb shortly after Penny fell asleep, but it was a small price to pay for some quiet reading time


Sometimes, getting up would require a crane to lift you out


It was slightly more manageable when Penny was a puppy


But at this point, once you sit down on our couch you better be in it for the long haul


Most of the time, it’s a pretty good deal


But things can get a bit crowded, even for the pups


If you fall asleep by yourself, you’re waking up with the dogs


Dogs give “sit tight” a whole new meaning

Do I have my book? Do I have my water? Do I have any need to stand up in the next hour? These are just a few of the important questions we ask ourselves before we risk sitting down. It requires a bit more forethought, but I’ll take Eko and Penny over a couple couch pillows any day. Plus, during Chicago winters it’s like having your very own mobile heated-blanket.

Is sitting down at home a game of chess for anyone else out there?



43 thoughts on “Take a Seat?”

  1. Oh I feel you Will! I literally have to run my mental check list before I sit down because all four of the ‘Littles” start jockeying for their positions before I even get sat all the way down. Mazie then plops down right under me so I have to try and fit my feet around her if I want them on the floor. Getting up is never easy because I have to remove all four of them to get off the couch.

  2. Looks and sounds just like my house. At my house if one wants to sit by me and there is already one sitting by me one will bluff bark and run to the door to act like someone is here so the one by me gets up and then the barker jumps in for the hot spot.

  3. Mobile Heated Blanket, LOVE IT! Our two dogs nap with me on the couch too, but I love it when they sleep with us on our bed at night. Instant warmth, and lots of love! I love falling asleep hearing the snores coming from Bella who is snuggled so close to me, while Nikita lays between us on her back with her feet up in the air! Something that I would enver give up, ever!

  4. Gah! Jenga is the perfect description for sitting in your house. I always try to squeeze into the smallest possible spot and press as hard as I can against Mom so she doesn’t leave me. Our sitting is kind of like Operation.

    Love and licks,


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