My Practically Husband Speaks!

For at least six months I have been trying to convince my practically husband (or PH) to write a guest post. He said he would but he keeps coming up with convenient excuses. One day he has to catch a flight to Toronto. The next he has a dentist appointment. And then all of a sudden he has to bail someone out jail. As if these things are more important than my blog. I mean, really.

So I was extremely jealous when Pamela at Something Wagging This Way Comes featured a post by her with-an-actual-certificate husband. Don’t think I didn’t bring this up immediately. Pamela, genius that she is, suggested that  – since my PH thinks his job is more important than my website and will never take the time to write anything on his own – I interview him instead.


Well, that’s what I thought at least. Until I took in his responses to my questions. I should have known better.

1. How did you know that Shiva was the one?

There were several things about Shiva that drew me to her right away, but aesthetics became my initial determining factor, despite how vain and awful that sounds. I do not mean that she was the prettiest, it was how unique she was. As an individual who prides himself on being unique from all others (long story), an oddball dog was a highly appealing idea.

Also, my PW really wanted a pet, and I was kind of tired of hearing about it, so I just wanted to get one and get it over with.

 2. What is your favourite Shiva moment?

Can there be a favourite moment with Shiva? All her glorious moments are also tempered with so much anxiety of the worst happening that it is hard to point at a single moment with entirely positive emotions. If I had to make a decision, it would have to be the moment that she was reunited with my mom this year. We were petrified about how to re-introduce them, and despite our best planning a spontaneous reunion happened. We could not have been more pleased with a happy, stress free dog having fun with a lost friend. (Editor’s note: I agree. My practically mother-in-law’s visit in February had me more than a little anxious. It was all in vain. Shiva was thrilled to have one more human from whom to beg for treats!)

3. What is your least favourite Shiva moment?

Again, can there be a least favourite? There have been so many moments of sheer aggravation and frustration, Tim Hortons and the cheque both come to mind, but my least favourite moment would have to be the Shoe Fiasco of 2009. We were both still so unsure about our sanity and the potential disaster of a mutt we had on our hands, and then you suffered a massive fashion blow. I feared that all the frustration you already had would make you slip beyond the edge of hope. This also happens to be a great moment because despite your footwear fiasco, your determination to help our dog never wavered.  (Editor’s note: Awwww!)

4. If Shiva could change one thing about you, what would it be?

Nothing, I am perfect. Next question.

5. If you could change one thing about Shiva, what would it be?

I  would change her fear of water. I used to love swimming with my childhood dog (another long story), and I would love to spend more time in the water with her. Especially since we have a lake in our backyard!

6. If you could come back as an animal, which one would it be and why?

I would come back as a tsetse fly so that I would only live for one day, and hopefully next time around come back as a human again, preferably one that believes in reincarnation. (Editor’s note: I have no idea what a tsetse fly is either.)

7. If Shiva was a celebrity, who would she be?

Did you forget she is a celebrity already?

8. What trick, game, or activity do you most enjoy with Shiva?

I wish it were wrestling, but she sucks at it. Tugging is definitely our favourite two player game. It involves the most energy on both of our sides, so not only do we get to play together, but we both get a workout. I cant forget about the fun of skating together though. It is the only chance I have to be faster than the dog.

9. What do you like to do in your non-dog-related spare time? (If such a thing were to exist)

As you know, but don’t brag enough about, I love to cook in my spare time. I am an avid fan of cooking shows and like to try new dishes, quite successfully I might add (see question 4)

10. How would you describe yourself in ten words or less?

Perfect yet humble. Efficient.

26 thoughts on “My Practically Husband Speaks!

  1. great post, fun to see his side. Sounds like your PH is a piece of work ;-). I would never get my Mr. to write on mine, he just wouldn’t… hardly reads them so Kudos to you. Keep trying her with the water, she may get more comfortable. Bring toys and plan to get in the water too to make it fun. Other best option for teaching is a playmate she loves who loves the water. Luna has been a teacher for a few she knows and other dogs enjoying the water helps a lot.
    Have a great monday


  2. So, you’re both funny! And you make a great team!

    No wonder Shiva loves you both so much. We all saw it in her eyes during the trick video where she was jumping into your PH’s arms.

    Terrific post–yet another one that’s going to make me late for work.

    You’d better write something stinky soon or I’ll be showing up at your door jobless.


  3. This was awesome! I love his qualifiers in answering the best and least favorite Shiva moments. I also enjoy his humility in sharing his answers (LOL!). He’s right. Shiva is already famous. Nice to meet your PH!


  4. 😀 😀 Great interview, Kristine. Good questions, and very funny answers (at least some of them). It’s good to know that your practically husband is one of those perfect, yet modest men, just like my hubby.
    Anyway, if he wants a dog to wrestle with, I could post George over for a few days, he knows how to play rough.
    I know what a tsetse fly is, but it would not be top of my ‘what I’d like to be’ list. Yuck!

    Anyway, I’ve got a bit of an announcement to make: I’ve just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award, I hope you don’t mind! You can pick it up at our blog. 😉


  5. I guess all men think they’re perfect yet humble!

    If you ever decide to get that “piece of paper,” and go from de facto to de jure, you could make guest posts part of the pre-nup. 😉


  6. The PH forgot the standard answer we used to give as a family (see question 4)
    We are not conceited – we are contented


  7. Great questions to ask! Love this idea. It could be used for any guest blogger or even just to get to know the hb even better. : )

    I just wanted to let you know that you are a Genuine Blogger. Celebrate your blog, as it is comes across to the reader as heartfelt and genuine. There are no rules with this honor. Accept it and relish in the thought that your blog is “award worthy” without having any strings attached. It is an award that I hope allows recipients to know that their work is appreciated, valued, and noteworthy by a fellow blogger and it does not have the pressure of “rules and requirements” to follow. Receive and value it for the gift and honor in which it is intended. If you choose to give this award to a deserving fellow blogger, please do so with no “rules.” Award it to someone for his or her genuineness in blogging. Free and clear. Here is the post that explains the reasoning behind this award: . Here is your “badge/button” for you to grab your Genuine Blogger Award to post in your sidebar if you would like.

    Just Ramblin’


  8. What a great interview! I may have to borrow this idea for my husband one day!

    I loved his answer to what he would like to come back as! I never even knew there was a fly named that!


  9. This interview gave me a total fit of the giggles! What a great sense of humor he has, and you, too! I think Shiva was definitely made to be with the two of you!


  10. On my way to work, I started thinking about the tsetse fly thing. Don’t they carry malaria or some other horrible disease?

    We might have gotten a glimpse into your PH’s dark side. He could have chosen to be a fruit fly–they only live one day too and they don’t kill people. 🙂


  11. Hehe, I can see why you practically-married him. 🙂 He seems very nice and funny.

    Side note: I went back this weekend NOT at work and looked at all of your vids (since at work they never function… weird, right??? 😉 and I just wanted to say that that book-hind-leg-standing-thing is AWESOME. I would love to know how you taught her to do that!


  12. This was my first time visiting your blog, and what a great way to learn a little about all three of you – LOL! I love the term “practically husband” – that’s great! And Shiva sounds like an awesome dog.


  13. I enjoyed reading every bit of this interview. You and your PH are hilarious! What a good sport he is for participating in your blog. My hubby likes to hide behind a veil of mystery. Heck, even I’m still trying to figure him out on some days! 😉


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