Friday, July 7, 2017

When Rye Grows Up

Our friend Jodi over at Heart Like a Dog had a cute post a couple weeks ago about her response to the question "If your pet had a job, what would it be?" A few years ago, I sent my sister's kindergarten class a book called Calico Dorsey about a real-life border collie who helped deliver the mail. The kids wrote Barley adorable letters about what they wanted to be when they grew up--everything ranging from teachers to ninjas to hamster trainers--and then asked Barley what job she would like to have.


The obvious answer would be a model. (Although in the letter she wrote back to the kids that was the one job she said she wouldn't want.) This dog lives for being in front of the camera. In fact, a few weeks ago, we were out walking by the lake and saw a young man taking pictures of his girlfriend. The girlfriend asked if she could say hi to Barley, who immediately locked onto the man's camera, and the man started taking pictures of the woman and Barley together. 


One of the many jobs Barley said she'd like to have is a P.E. teacher since she loves to spend time at the gym. I know from personal experience that she's a good personal trainer--she doesn't put up with any excuses for not moving! 

Would you say no to something this face told you to do in gym?

When I read Jodi's post, I started wondering what job my little Rye would have. It didn't take long for me to realize that Rye wouldn't just want a specific career, she'd want to be a specific person--Chip Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper.

This puppy lives for DEMO DAY! And in Rye's world, every day is demo day.



She will do anything for attention, no matter how goofy she looks. (She'd probably also be willing to eat cockroaches and other bugs found while showing a house to people.)


Landscaping? No problem. She loves to help in the yard.




She also loves home improvement projects. She motivated me to finally remove the last of the wallpaper in our house by grabbing a tiny part that had been peeling off before we moved in.

She was very proud of the corner she peeled off above the vent.

She was obsessed with my painter's tape when I was preparing to paint the walls.


And she couldn't believe that I finally told her it was ok to pull the tape off the baseboards. 



So, move over Chip and Jo--Rye's ready to take over the next season of Fixer Upper

8 comments:

  1. I love it!! Rye has totally found her calling, and how lucky for you to have an assistant for projects around the house! :)
    Jan, Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. She is so goofy! When I went to get more paint the other day, I noticed that our Lowe's has a sign on the front door that says they are pet friendly, so next time I need to get something, I'll have to take her with me. She won't know what to think when she sees all of those fun tools!

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  2. Dang, you sure are working hard, but you're darn good at it!!!

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    1. She is definitely a pup who needs a job--and she's perfectly willing to find them by herself if I don't give her one ;)

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  3. Hahahaha oh Rye. This made me smile! The kiddos will definitely have to write to Bar again!!

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    1. She can't wait to get more fan mail!

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  4. Rye seems to be a real all around dog! Very helpful at home. Now if she would learn to clean and do laundry, you would be in great shape!

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    1. I think cleaning and laundry go against everything Rye believes in, but I agree that it would be fantastic if she could learn those chores, too!

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