Earlier this week, Mr. G took Buffy with him on a short trip.
He packed the baby into her car seat and headed out to the garage...
Now, Buffy is *almost* worth coming across the 'lava' (that is, the tile) for. Some days, Dawg will brave the lava just so sneak in one more lick of the "puppy's" toes. (please note, this is always problematic because while Buffy is incentive worth braving all the way across the lava for, there's no incentive to make Dawg act brave BACK to the safety of carpet. So Dawg could spend considerable amount of time 1-trapped 2-scrambling in a panic across the floor [because the faster she moves away from the lava, the less it hurts--at least that's what she thinks. Unfortunately, the more she scrambles, the more likely she is to pop her knee back out of joint. again.] or 3-being helped across the floor either by a grown-up in the house touching her shoulder all the way back to safety (or, on occasion, carrying her) or by laying towels across the floor. #3 tends to be the most common option).
A car trip is also *almost* worth coming across the lava for. (the adults in the house are sometimes almost worth it but usually, we're chopped liver. Or more accurately we're significantly less interesting than chopped liver because Dawg is fond of chopped liver)
So when Dawg saw Mr. G headed for a car trip WITH Buffy, it was clearly worth flinging herself across the lava for...Dawg flung herself to the safety of the landing.
Unfortunately, this wasn't a Dawg-friendly trip and Dawg could not be coxed back across the kitchen (lava! and besides, that would move her AWAY from Buffy and the car--why would anyone move away from Buffy or the car, ever?) so the Mr. set Buffy down, picked up Dawg and deposited her back onto the carpet.
Dawg was not standing for this--she braved lava and everything, how dare she be cheated out of her car trip with Buffy! So she started edging herself out onto the lava again...she made it as far as sliding herself under the kitchen table (Mr. G was trying to get out the door before this
At that moment, Buffy cried.
The cry startled Dawg who jumped. The jump knocked over a chair. The chair hit the floor with a loud BANG. The bang made Buffy SCREAM (this would be an upgrade, er downgrade? from cry--the pets are bothered by scream a lot more than they are bothered by cry). The scream set la Doof Kitton (who had been stalking Dawg) into motion...his tail went puffy and his legs pulled off that scooby-doo move where the feet move frantically at a speed beyond belief...and the animal goes nowhere.
The Scooby-ing La Doof Kitton knocked over a 2nd chair.
The second chair startled Buffy out of her scream and she went quiet and alert.
And at that, La Doof Kitton got his footing and launched himself away--not quite sure where he went, but he pouted for most of the rest of the day.
Poor Dawg was utterly confused by all of this. And she was, again, carried to safety.
And didn't go on a trip.
But for some reason, I think Dawg came closer to winning than La Doof Kitton did--serves him right for stalking Melvin-the-tail-of-the-Dawg across the lava.
(and, La Doof Kitton just came over, stepped on the mouse, and closed the window I was typing this post in. Thank goodness for autosave)