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.
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.