I love watching the Big Bang Theory! I am mesmerized with the witty timing of the actor Jim Parsons and I adore his humorist character: Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

I remember vividly when DH told me he watched “season after season” (on his computer), while riding back from Charleston on the train for eight hours with his cousin.

At that time I had at least heard of the show, but since I am not a “big fan” of television, I never watched it. To be honest the title didn’t peak my interest, so I never tuned in. I had no idea what all the chatter and laughter was about until I saw this one episode….

I laughed that night and I’ve been laughing every since because I have my own Dr. Sheldon Cooper here in Doodleville. It’s Harley…


“This is my spot”

Like Sheldon, Harley has “his spot.” From the moment he was able to leap on the living room couch – he declared that “his spot!”

As a puppy Harley would wait for me to come home from work...

As a puppy Harley would wait for me to come home from work…

If it was possible and he could explain in a language I could comprehend – like Sheldon Cooper – he would try to justify his obsession:

  • I can see when the little brown truck is coming to drop off my toy/treat
  • It’s warm from the sun when I want to take a really good nap
  • I know when you’re coming home because I can see the car turn the corner
  • And I get to give “shout outs” to the mailman, the trash truck, etc…

Over the years I’ve tried everything to get Harley off of this couch. Nothing has ever worked. Once I tried placing an empty soda can on the cushion, thinking the sound of the coins inside would frighten him as it tipped over when he hopped on the couch.

Negative! He just sat on the opposite side…

Only Harley can climb/jump on a couch without knocking down an empty can...

Only Harley can climb/jump on a couch without knocking down an empty can…

I knew I had lost both the battle and the war when I watched him perform the “rites of passage” ceremony with Leo…

That is not what I wanted Harley to teach Leo

That is not what I wanted Harley to teach Leo

After much deliberation, (and because I could not find any magic solvent to clean up the arm of the chair where Harley rested his head for the last five years), we decided it was time to let the couch go.

“Don’t weep for us Argentina” – we’ve had this couch for a very long time. I mean a VERY long time. It was time “to-go!”

Our son was in elementary school when we bought it. This couch successfully completed four military assignments AND our son is now thirty five years old!…

All good things must come to an end!

All good things must come to an end!

This morning we carried the couch to the curb for the sanitation crew. I honestly believe Harley knew this was the end…

Misty watered colored memories - of the way we were...

Misty watered colored memories – of the way we were…

Because he no longer had “visibility” from the living room window, I didn’t want him thinking this furniture move was the result of some new decorating idea of mine, and his precious “spot” would remain on the lawn. I wanted him to have closure. So when the trash truck came, I allowed him to go outside and watch his the final episode of “Harley and his spot.”


I explained our strange situation to the sanitation crew. They were very understanding. They were patient and gave him a few extra hops on and off before the cushions hit the truck.

How’s he doing?

You tell me…


HARLEY AND HIS SPOT – new episodes coming next season!

Thanks for reading – hope we made you smile 🙂

  • DashLilly
    June 17, 2014

    This is hilarious! I love Harley watching the sofa going to its great reward! I had a friend visit for a few days. One night she asked me if she could sit in the sofa! I had never really realized the doodles take over the sofa! It is the best spot!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 17, 2014

      Hey, thanks Dash – he’s been “testing” other areas off and on this afternoon. Doodles are a comedy show….. Glad we made you smile 🙂

  • Emma
    June 17, 2014

    Oh boy, that is a serious blow to the poor fellow. I hope he finds another spot that is suitable!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 17, 2014

      Emma, he’s been looking – he reminds me of an old man shopping in a furniture store…

  • Yvonne Smith
    June 18, 2014

    Oh No Harley’s spot is gone! Not a problem he’ll soon fine another because he smart like that look at Harley now on another great spot in the house. And he looks sooooo comfortable. Thanks again for another great story about the boys Cathy.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 18, 2014

      Yes Yvonne, Harley’s spot is gone. He’s relocated temporarily on the round bed in my office. That looks like his replacement home – for now at least. Thanks so much for reading – we’ll keep on writing….

  • slimdoggy
    June 18, 2014

    Too funny…but so true of so many dogs (and people). Tino was probably the most obsessive about his spot and when we renovated and I moved his chair he just stood there and stood there. He was blind by then, so I took pity since I knew adjustments were hard for him and I moved the piano and put his chair back for him.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 19, 2014

      I had to laugh Slim – Harley spent most of the day testing out couches and recliners, like he was shopping in a furniture store. I would have never thought dogs could get so possessive / attached to furniture BOL. That was so nice of you to move Tino’s chair back in it’s familiar place for him. The things we do for our pets…. Love it 🙂

  • Stacey
    June 20, 2014

    Very cute … our Ridgeback had a spot on the couch and if company dared to sit there she would let them know it was her spot. She would sit in front of them and just stare at them until they moved.
    Enjoyed the post and sure hope Harley is able to find a new spot that is as comfy as the old.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 20, 2014

      Hi Stacey – Ridgebacks are gorgeous dogs. So beautiful to look at…. Harley is still testing cushions. We’ve been rather active since his original spot left – and when we get home he’s so exhausted he doesn’t care where he flops!

  • Rascal and Rocco
    June 26, 2014

    So sad to see him on his couch for the last time. I bet it took him some time to get over it. Seems to like the new couch though, so I’m sure he’ll be fine. LOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 26, 2014

      Hey Rascal – Harley is still searching for his new “spot”, can’t really seem to figure out where he wants to be. Right now he’s still stet driving a few places BOL.

  • Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady
    June 27, 2014

    Uh oh! off with the couch!! BOL!!!
    Thanks for linking up to our pet parade last week. I am little late getting around to visit the blogs, my apologies. Hope to see you this week as well!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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