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My dog loves water bottles! He’s what I would call on the edge of “obsessed” and I’m praying I’m not the only one out here with this problem.

I’ve got to be brutally honest though and tell you:


The first time it happened, he was just a young little dood. I remember it vividly. I was sitting on the floor playing with him and drinking a bottle of water.  He tapped – tapped – tapped at the empty bottle with his furry little paw until he knocked it over.

When he grabbed it in his mouth and clumsily ran away – I clapped and screamed similar to when my daughter took her first step. #crazyIknow

Two years ago, I even wrote a blog about what I thought was his true hidden talent. I called him Harley Houdini .

Everyone else in the family scolded me, told me I would live to regret this. What did they know?

Well shut the doodle door! Here I am years later writing about how they were right and how I am sooooooo wrong.

This new revelation became apparent last week.

My nephew stopped by and brought with him a lovely young lady. She’s not from around here, never met any of us before, to include Harley.

After the introductions, and a casual volley of pleasant conversation, I offered her a beverage. She asked for water yet declined a glass.

Suddenly my heart started to beat twice as fast. Right away I knew I should have just poured it in a freaking glass, but I didn’t.

As soon as she twisted that bottle top, here came trouble from across the room. It disguised itself in the form of four legs, a swishing tail, and what looked a lot like a smile.

At first the victim guest didn’t catch on, but after a while her eyes were fixated on Harley. Can’t say I blamed her. Once he caught sight of that bottle he eased on over next to the coffee table and sat!

As she took her first sip, he remained so still he resembled one of those canine statues made out of marble during Ancient Greek mythology times…


Once she noticed him, I felt the compelling need to say something. But how do you tell someone, “it’s okay – he just wants your water bottle.” There’s really no way to say it other then to… well say it.

OF COURSE I felt ridoodleiculous telling her. What’s worse is when I heard myself  – I sounded absurd: “my dog loves water bottles.” #killmenow

As the echo of my shameful confession filled the room, it happened. She realized this was no joke. She fully comprehended “he’s not leaving.”

My “first time in my house” guest quickly recognized she had no choice. There were no other alternatives. I watched in horror as she was about to do what Ms. Manners, Dear Abby and Helpful Heloise (you remember those newspaper etiquette superstars) have screamed for decades never to do in public…

SHE GUZZLED IT #ohmydoodle


Now EVERYBODY in the room was staring at her! #Imsosorry

If you’re wondering:

  • Why didn’t she call Harley away?
  • Why didn’t she “shoo” him?
  • Why did she ever allow it to get this far?

Here are my most honest answers:

  • I don’t know
  • I don’t “shoo” him
  • I don’t know #baddoodlemom

With that much pressure “all up in your face” (I’m talking about Harley) it’s a miracle she didn’t drown. She finished the entire bottle at one sitting #impressive then looked at me and asked politely, “now what do I do?”

I sheepishly explained and as instructed, she placed the top on tight and handed the bottle over to Harley…


I was relieved to see her smile as he gently took it and settled down on the floor to perform for her.

You see, once he gets the bottle, he loves to do this…

Pawhaps the next time someone comes to the house, I won’t offer water on their first visit. I’ve got soda, juice, wine, coffee and tea. Yeah, I’ll serve one of those beverages.

P.S. – Dear lovely young lady, please come back again real soon I pawmise we’re going to work on our water bottle manners. Doodlely yours, Harley & his momma


Harley had such a blast on his field trip, he’s got his jersey hanging up in my office in the event he gets a last minute call for another scrimmage. He wants to be ready…


Check back on Monday for our Puppy Bowl recap 🙂

Have  a pawsome weekend. Be kind to someone and as always, thank you so very much for sharing me with all your friends!

  • Emma
    January 30, 2015

    Bailie and I love to pick up water bottles we find on walks. Nothing compares to the crunching sound they make. We find it irresistible. So, Harley, no worries, you are totally normal.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2015

      Emma, I am happy to hear that. Harley has a few of those bottles inside a toy, but he’s not very interested in those. He’s only happy removing the tops and then it’s a wrap!

  • Yvonne Smith
    January 30, 2015

    Oh yeah! Harley knows how to work a water bottle and the real trick would be to see him open the water bottle and drink some of the water out! Yes can’t wait to see more of the doggie bowl and how Harley’ made out on the game. As always love the stories of Harley’s adventures and look forward to reading even more thanks Cathy

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2015

      Not sure if that will ever happen Yvonne, but if it does, trust me – we’re headed straight to the Ellen Degeneres Show! 🙂

  • Claudette Pope
    January 30, 2015

    That is amazing. Ziggy llloooovvvves a water bottle, BUT, I take the top off, cause I’m afraid he’ll swallow it, and I remove the wrapper, cause , I KNOW he would consume it ( shaking my head) . I only let him play with it for about 5 minutes till I notice him trying to devour it, again, shaking my head 🙁

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 1, 2015

      Claudette, I would never “encourage” anyone to do this, if you feel Ziggy will swallow the cap or consume the wrapper then please continue to do what you’ve been doing. Harley is just “strange” but he’s my strange, so he’s a keeper 🙂 But don’t you just find their individual personalities and quirks just the best? I love it 🙂 Take care and enjoy your weekend my friend!

  • Lauren
    January 31, 2015

    Mrs. Cathy,
    My evening with you and Harley was an absolute pleasure. He is a beautiful, gentle, kind and well mannered dog. I’m glad I got to experience the “water bottle challenge” with Harley. His strategic measure to dissemble the cap was impressive. I really enjoyed him. Thank you for welcoming me into your home as I look forward to seeing you both again.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 1, 2015

      Lauren you are such a doll. Thanks so much for being such a great sport! You’ve endeared yourself to Harley furever now that you’ve shared your bottle with him, so you’ve got to come back soon. It was a pleasure meeting you. Can’t wait to see you again…

  • Jan K
    January 31, 2015

    That is hysterical, Cathy!! Thanks for the heads up on this subject….our dogs haven’t been encouraged to try out water bottles much, but now I know a good reason not to. 🙂
    I’d hate to have to be pretentious to my company, and say something like “Oh, I’m so sorry we only drink water out of glasses in our household”. LOL…then that would mean more dishes to wash, and who wants that?

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 1, 2015

      Exactly JanK, so when I offered a glass (trying to remember my manners) I was “ok” when she declined until I saw Harley eyeing the bottle. Then I thought “oh noooooo” because I knew what was coming! Yes, please tread lightly if you start this game, it’s not easy to break! Thank the doodle she was a great sport with the whole thing! Take care….

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    January 31, 2015

    hahahaha that was great, my norman was the same way

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 1, 2015

      Really? WOW! But did Norman play with those water bottle toys? Harley isn’t very interested in those, he prefers to take the tops off and then he discards it! Go figure! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.

  • Dixie
    January 31, 2015

    Harley – Hera and friends want to meet up for another scrimmage or game soon. We had a blast! You bring the water! BOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 1, 2015

      Ha-Ha, you’ve got jokes Dixie don’t you? Harley will bring the bottles, and we will have to wrestle them from him in-between scrimmages! Just let us know when and we will be there!

  • Elaine
    January 31, 2015

    Harley and Haley would make a great water bottle tag team! Haley does the exact same “begging for bottles” routine, lol! So funny. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 1, 2015

      Elaine! I’m so happy to hear I’m not alone 🙂 Did Haley ever “harass” your guests? This was truly a first for me!

      • Elaine
        February 4, 2015

        Yes! It’s even more embarrassing when somebody stops by and has brought their own bottle of water, which Haley begs for, lol!

        It’s all my fault because I sometimes put treats inside empty water bottles so Haley has something to keep her busy for awhile.

        • Cathy Bennett
          February 4, 2015

          Elaine, you’re a girl after my own heart. Just when I think it’s the worst thing that could ever happen, I find out (1) I’m not alone and (2) the people keep returning to the house, so I figure it’s not the worst thing that could ever happen! Thanks so much for stopping by, I might try adding a treat in the bottom of the bottle on day myself.

  • Rebekah
    February 1, 2015

    I just literally laughed out loud reading this! Hahahaha!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 2, 2015

      Then Rebekah, our job is done! 🙂 I love it when people enjoy Harley’s antics! Makes my day.

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