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Grabbing for the Seat of Power

My dogs are nut-cases.  They really believe they control us.  They nudge us to eat, they nudge us to go out, they sit on the back of couches and soft, squishy chairs, in order to peer down upon us.  They hook their heads over our arms or feet so that we can’t move.

But most of all, Misha and Grisha like to grab “the seat of power”.

What, precisely, is the “seat of power”, you ask?  It’s anywhere that our exalted bottoms have just warmed up, even in the heat of summer.  If we vacate said seat, or if they can trick us into moving elsewhere, they nab the seat, and somehow feel, I honestly believe, that they are in Control.

Yes, Control.

It may be their evil and sinister plot to take over the world, but Scottish Terriers would tell you that they already rule.  Instead, they probably just want a warm seat.

This happens in the car.  Should Benedetto be kind enough to drop me at a store for my five minute flurry of activity, the dogs are jockeying for position before I can get my popah out the door.

It occurs at home.  Get up for a cup of tea, or to visit the facilities, and bam! your seat is gone.

While the family watches a movie, spread out over our big, smooshy couch and spread over  various points on the floor in front of it, little Grisha often sinks down from his upper-level perch to actually sit, wrapped around our shoulders like a fox stole.  I always wondered why his nose is a bit pointy for a Scottie….

Misha always stretches inbetween Benedetto and I, his body parallel to our legs.  As time passes, this marriage interloper feigns a yawn and stretch, extending his little legs fully outward, as if to push us further apart.  Or, to grab one of our places.

The kids are quite similar when it comes to the car.  There is some mystery at work here.  If I’m absent, Petya takes my seat.  If Petya is absent, another of the older children moves up to take his seat.  As in the Soviet Politburo reviewing stands of old, one’s position and proximity to others indicates one’s level of power.

If that’s true, it appears in our house that the dogs are indeed taking over.



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