It’s Not All Mary Poppins

She has her uses

You know, I sweep a whole lot less than I used to these days.

Lunchtime! See the patient doggy-vacuum. “It falls on the floor, it’s mine!”

Oops! Emergency clean-up, Aisle Two!

But pro-active tray cleaning is NOT allowed!
(Look at her, checking to see if she can get away with what she has in mind…)

September 18, 2008 - Posted by | socializing, the dog | , , ,


  1. my cute-o-meter just fizzled out after seeing the pics… your kids are always cute, but they are nothing compared to indie…

    *now let me go n find a dog to hug…*

    “Nothing comparied to Indie”? That’s only because you’ve never seen their little faces! They’re all cute as can be, in their own fuzzy and non-fuzzy ways!

    Comment by Suzi | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  2. A K-9 vacuum, I dread visiting places without one. It has made cleaning up after my three little ones a lot easier. I point to the spill with my toe and call the dog. Presto! All cleaned up.

    I’m enjoying meals that don’t end with a carpet of crumbs under the table, that’s for sure! She’s way quieter than a plug-in vacuum, too!

    Comment by Peter | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  3. Aw! Does she have some Akita in her with that gorgeous curly tail?

    The best guess of experts is Husky and Basenji, both of whom also have those curly tails!

    Comment by daysgoby | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. That first pic is too cute.

    “Oh dear, you dropped some crumbs on your pretty dress, let me get that for you.”


    I know. She’s just so noble!

    Comment by Zayna | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. Honest assessment folks: Do you clean up after the dog more than you used to clean up after the kids? Do they really, really, make things easier? Or just different? I just let my kids eat off the floor. Pick it up and brush it off or I’m going to have to sweep!

    Hm, let’s see… The daycare kids tend to drop bits of all sizes. Larger ones, yes, we do (well, did) scoop up fast, brush it off, and eat. Good for their immune systems! But many, many, many of the bits dropped are just too small to pick up, so I always swept after meals. Now I don’t.

    However, even though we clean her paws before she comes into the house after her walks in the park, the dog does bring in grit, so I’m finding I’m having to sweep the livingroom and entry more often. On balance, you’re right: it’s probably about the same amount of work, distributed differently. But she sure is a cute little vaccum-cleaner!

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Oh, I totally think that a dog is the perfect child accessory, especially when they’re learning to feed themselves. I hate going to friend’s houses where they don’t have built in cleanup. 😉

    Comment by Amelia Sprout | September 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. That is definitely one of the handiest things about having a dog, since crumb-dropping is not confined to the kids (not in our family, anyway). Gypsy stalks the kitchen when I’m cooking and parks under the table during meals – and she usually gets just what she’s waiting for.

    Comment by Florinda | September 19, 2008 | Reply

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