Wednesday, November 12, 2008

If Rupert Had His Way....

...I would be facing animal neglect charges from the SPCA.

I'm usually able to make a quick trip home from work at lunch time to let the dogs out and give Buck and Rupert some hay, as well as to dig through the fridge to find some lunch of my own. Today, I was the guest of honour at an unexpected work-related luncheon, and got to have a very nice meal. And when that was over, so was my break and any chance to coddle the creatures.

I left home very early this morning to do a home visit, knowing I'd be swamped all day at work, and made it back to the office exactly at quitting time, but with half an hour of paperwork and data entry still to do.

I arrived home late and in darkness, to be greeted by the hysterical braying of a donkey who firmly believed he was being deliberately starved to death (I actually gave him plenty of extra hay this morning in case I didn't get home during the day...and given Rupert's rotundness, it would take many months for him to wither away to nothing). The dogs were all doing the "pee-pee dance", but luckily had all managed to control their bladders till I could let them out.

Every one is fed and watered, Rupert is finally placated, and I'm settled in for the evening. It was a long day at work.

4 comments:

Amy said...

Ah, this made me laugh :) Poor rotund little Rupert...

Vic Grace said...

I guess they have trained you well!

Jean said...

Ha ha! The sound of braying, "starving" donkeys is one of my all-time favourite sounds. In fact, I kinda suspect that's the reason I want a donkey - just to hear that sound and get my daily dose of laughter!
And, no, a tape recording of it wouldn't work - gotta see that neck stretched up, nose pointed skyward, lips pursing in and out too!

(Pssst..Rupert.... next time your mom neglects you like that, just hitch a ride down here - I'll feed ya!)

Teri said...

Hellooooo, my Candian friend, way up there in Vancouver!

I was just checking in to see how Rupert was faring and I see his is still running the roost.

I still want a mini donkey, maybe two to keep each other company. I have learned that there is a breeder just a couple of hours away. May be time to build a (small) barn and get ready for company...

We still do chickens and cats and truthfully they keep us on task. We want to have a dog and other critters, but must be sure we can fit them all in to our busy lives. I enjoyed the honesty of your post showing just how hard that is sometimes.