Welcome to The Levi and Cooper Chronicles. I'm the 'Cooper' and my baby brother is the 'Levi.' We're not siblings in the literal sense of the word. He's a miniature schnauzer and I'm a miniature poodle but our differences go far beyond our breed. You see, I'm the famous angel dog who blogs from the Rainbow Bridge. Well, not famous down on earth but up here in doggie heaven all canines get to do whatever we like and I like blogging. We dogaroons up here can also gaze down through the magic water under the bridge and keep tabs on our humans. Isn't that cool! After I discovered the magic water, I decided that little Levi---who got adopted into the family shortly after my departure from earth---could use a guardian angel. When he blogs he types in pink and when I put my two cents worth in I type in blue.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Couch Sitting

Mom has been on her best behavior this week with housebreaking and Levi has followed suit. Yea, home team!

But Mom and Dad have developed a difference of opinion on an important matter in a dog's life: getting on the couch. When she first adopted Levi, Mom decided that he---unlike his brothers and sister before him---would not be allowed up on the furniture. The idea was that Levi could very well out-live Mom and Dad and she wanted to raise a perfectly mannered dog that anyone would welcome into their home (along with the small care allotment already spelled out in their wills).

This week Levi learned how to take a flying leap, landing on the couch. After doing his flyboy trick he plants his little butt down and looks right at Dad sitting close by in his La-Z-Boy as if it's the most natural thing in the world for a puppy to do. Who could resist those almond shaped brown eyes of his? Dad can't. His laughter is
what gives Levi away to Mom. She is yet to see the flying leap since she's usually in the kitchen at her keyboard when it happens.

She's not going to win the couch war and I frankly don't think her heart is into doing so. Today, Levi was even trying to figure out how to crawl over from the couch to Dad's lap. Mom saw him trying this "low-wire act" when she was coming into the living room to see what had Dad all excited. Levi was so pleased with himself that Mom didn't have the heart to protest. So she lifted Levi over to Dad's lap and they both petted him and Levi rolled over on his back so he could get the full Monty treatment. When he got his fill of hands-on love, he couldn't figure out how to jump down to the floor so he got lifted again. As soon as he works out the logistics of getting on and off the La-Z-Boy, which shouldn't take too long, Dad will get a napping partner. Dad will be thrilled and is happy that Mom's resolve in dog training is as solid as marshmallows melting in the sun. ©


Charlie Daniels said...

Nappy with Dad on the La-Z-Boy sounds very nice to me ! :-)



4xBs said...

we like that story.

we're glad to hear that the puppy training is back on track this week and we totally agree with Levi on the couch rules.

seriously, if you are worried about Levi needing to find a home where he is allowed on the couch, please will him to us. seriously. mom should live at least 15 more years (or more). we made her promise. all dogs are welcome on our couch. we love little Levi and would welcome him into our dog pack with open paws. if your mom is interested in this, she can email our mom at the email address on our bloggy.

we like seeing that the little guy is figuring out how to get his way. that's what smart dogs do - they figure out stuff. good Levi.


Maggie & Mitch said...

Your mom sounds like a softy to us, Levi! Good for you! We wish we got to sit on the couch!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

Man, I wish I could get on the couch. We have a strict no dogs on furniture rule here. It stinks!


Abby said...

Hi, Cooper & Levi...

Sounds like Levi has the Mom & Dad training down to a science...& that your Mom & Dad are softies...

I'm sure Levi will be very comfortable the couch & the Lazy-Boy...I know I am...

I'm sure your Dad will enjoy the naps with little Levi...& Mom will take lots of pictures...

Abby xxxooo

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We don't have a "no dogs on furniture" rule at our house, but for some strange reason, none of us ever get up on anything except the big bed. That's okay that your mom's a softy. If anything ever happened to your pawrents (doG forbid), I don't think anyone would refuse to adopt Levi just because he likes to nap on the couch.

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Petra said...

Oh, I'm so glad your mom changed her mind! I can't wait to see pictures of Levi sitting on your dad's lap.

Dewey Dewster said...

I hope ya get ta rest yer weary body on the sofa... 'n on yer Dad's chair cause there's nothin' like it....only problem is when there isn't enough space fer everyone ta get stretched out. I'm thinkin' ya had a nice Father's Day with yer Dad.. 'n a good laugh with yer Mom..since she was like a marshmallow meltin' in the sun (nice analogy)
Dewey Dewster here....

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Levi has definitely learned at a young age where the best spot to be is! Hehehe! It took me a long time to learn how to jump on the couch and on the bed! Dang he's a quick learner!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

parlance said...

When we got Penny there was a strict rule. Never on any furniture and never at all in the bedrooms.
So I can't figure out how it came about that she has the couch and we have to take turns in the two armchairs (three people). Also, I'm so glad I didn't miss out on the joy of napping in the middle of the day with a warm dog lying alongside. (She's still not allowed on beds at night.)

jan said...

I've proved to be a fast learner from all the puppies I've had over the years. I resolved that they would not get on the furniture, but they have been such patient teachers that I soon gave up.

Emma the Golden Girl said...

and the Canine Kids said,
We are glad your Mom wasn't firm with her "no couch" rule. Levi will be giving so much pleasure to Dad because there's nothing better than napping with your best friend close at hand.
Some rules were meant to be broken.

Anonymous said...

Levi looks like such a little old man. Who knew what a haircut could do for a pup.