Thursday, April 11, 2013

Writing Sentences I Never Would have Imagined...Udder Nonsense

Spoiled, who me?
I am sitting on my brown leather couch with Layla tucked in close next to me once again. She's been part of our family just a little over one year now, and I am so glad to have her beside me as my writing buddy. A freelance writer, working from home, can lead a pretty quiet, isolated life with very little face to face interaction with real human beings.

Since I would be talking aloud to myself anyway, it is a good thing to have an animal to direct my interesting observances toward, right? Layla has heard things that make me grateful she cannot speak. I ask her opinion on article titles and opening sentences. I stare at her while composing bullet points and she doesn't flinch. She just stares back...unless I get real intense and then she tenses up and lunges at me. (With love of course.)

While looking at the blinking curser on my Mac screen, waiting for the next profound thought to arrive, my right hand will rest on her head, smoothing the velvety hair on her ears. Today the sentences were about cow udders and teat care. Yes, you read that correctly. Not all of my creative writing is full of deep and honest God thoughts. My latest project is providing web content for a pet supply company that sells all kinds of stuff for small and large animal care. So yes, today I wrote the headings for the disinfectants for cow udders. I am finding myself writing sentences that I never, ever would have thought I would be typing! 

So you can imagine the odd things Layla is hearing as I read my words aloud to see if the paragraph flows. She is a great listener and very non-judgmental. Even when I want her to be. If I ask a question, her ears perk up because she is checking to see if I am asking her to bring me the ball to throw. Which, by the way, is another great advantage to having a dog as your writing buddy. She periodically gets impatient with my lack of movement away from the computer and her nose begins to push at my typing hands until I stop and pay attention. That's when I know it is time to go outside and play fetch or let her chase me all around the house while I hide around corners and try to jump out at her. 


Taken while writing this blog post.
As I figure out how to bring this post to a close, I am thankful for Recovering Church Lady blog and the nice mind-cleansing space it gives me to clear my thought-pallet after spending the last few hours in udder-land. This minute with you all has been cathartic and calming, so now I can go about the rest of my evening with some better pictures in my head. Thank you.


Mac and Layla both want to be on my lap.
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25 comments:

  1. This was udderly amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us. What udder things have you been doing lately? LOL. I'm having fun with this. No, I'm not a spammer. Just so udderly in awe of your abilities!
    :) Layla's a real charmer too. Have a blessed day dear friend! Mooooving right along.

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  2. She is so adorable I want to udderly squeeze her! Spell check hates me for that!

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    1. Had no idea how many ways one can use the word "udder" haha!

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  3. Hey, glad we could help! I am going to show Maggie (our black dog-daughter 'lab') this post so she knows she should be loving me instead of biting me.

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    1. Yes I hope it helps. I sometimes wonder what they actually see on a screen.

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  4. This made me smile. Udderly incredible.

    Barb Winters :-)

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  5. Reminds me of my days with my Weimaraner. Although, I'm usually at my desk and he's on a bed somewhere being smelly. But I'll get up from time-to-time and pet his head and talk to him or kiss his nose. Sometimes, when I'm reading aloud, he'll wander in to see what all the sudden noise is about then walk out, usually bored, I think. I try not to take in personally. The other day, when I started to work through his feeding time, he nosed his way under my desk, cramming himself in by my legs-- just in case I'd forgotten about his severe hunger.

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    1. I really never thought that having a pet as an adult would feel so good and comforting. I always had dogs when I was little but the pets we had for our sons sadly became a huge burden and not terribly fun for me. This is very different, possibly because this is our first indoor dog.

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  6. Wow, has it been a year already? She is such a gorgeous friend you have! Martini is always at my side as I write as well, wonderful little friends they are!

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    1. Your little Martini is so so cute, the perfect lapdog size. Martini is actually more what my hubs had in mind when he suggested a dog in the first place! But then he saw Layla's pic and here we are!

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  7. OMGosh! I'm SO disappointed! Just as I was clicking the publish button, I noticed an ad for Nancy Meyer under the comment box! I clicked "publish" and now it's gone! Probably best for my credit card though. sigh.

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    1. Haha! Yes, don't pull me into your shopping issues!! Whew, that was close.

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  8. Layla looks alot like our puppy, Abby (you can see her on my profile picture). Almost the same age too - about 11 months old now. She snuggles and, like you, I love having her close.

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    1. I love the name Abby, our dog was already named when we got her at 9 months old.

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  9. When we move from house to apartment, I had to part with my beloved Sadie. She has gone to a good home, which is good. But I still miss her.

    About the udder story; did you milk it for all it was worth?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. Yes of course I did, wioth the help of many others in my writing group on Facebook. The puns using the word "udder" udderly ridiculous.

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  12. I just stumbled upon your blog....and glad I did. I love your dog! And the writing is good too!

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    1. Hi Zoe, thanks for coming by and for being my newest Follower!

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  13. Loved your story!!! I've got a little girl named Sadie who is my shadow. She's 14 now and is losing her hearing and one eye has a cataract and the other eye starting to cloud over. She's a Lhasa apso that we have had since she was eight weeks old. I am just enjoying every moment I have with her and am so thankful she is very healthy and doing great. I enjoy her even when she is being a bed hog!! To see her at her frisky times you would never guess her age!!! :)

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    1. Your doggy sounds delightful! They really do add some special fun and love to our lives, don't they? Thanks for commenting, Deb.

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  14. I see you have been in"utter"dated with puns. I can't help it! I had to make one up, just for you. Your dog is pretty.

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