DOODLE DAY CARE

Who knew I could run a business in my home with two furry four legged creatures as my employed staff?

Who knew I had the pawfect childcare providers already in place?

Well I sure didn’t – at least not until Saturday.

I told The Boys three very special “little people” were coming over and they seemed beside themselves with anticipation. When their guests arrived, it was difficult to determine who was more excited – “them” or THEM

Love all the excitement

Love all the excitement

In an earlier conversation with DH, Leo heard the word “watching” and took it literally. He stalked poor four year old Payton for the first thirty minutes…

Payton became a ward of the Doodle!

Payton became a ward of the Doodle!

He was relentless. He wouldn’t leave her side…

"I got this one" - Leo

“I got this one” – Leo

Pawhaps he and Harley could sense she was the youngest in the pack. Between the two of them, the poor girl was never alone. They tag teamed her.

Leo wanted to learn some “Doodle-cool” soccer moves from six year old Xavier….

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So Harley jumped on the couch and watched the Disney Channel with Payton…

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“We’re never supposed to leave the little one alone” – Harley

Now I know I said earlier that there were “three children” coming over  – right?

Upon entering the house, five year old Maya wasn’t 100% on board with these “Doodle sitters.” In fact – she spent the better part of the first hour “behind” me in the recliner.  And that’s okay. I wanted her to adjust and become comfortable at her own pace.

But when I say she sat “behind” me, I mean just that….

Recliner for "two!"

Recliner for “two!”

Yet sooner then later, she was off my back (pun intended) and on the floor with everybody else…

Maya moved at her own pace, on her own schedule

Maya moved at her own pace, on her own schedule

Later, Payton elected to be an advocate for Harley – telling me he was hungry…

"He said he was hungry!" - Payton

“He said he’s hungry!” – Payton

pawfect time to make some homemade Yogurt treats we learned about from our furrend: Spencer the Goldendoodle….

Got these cute little molds from Ikea

Got these cute little molds from Ikea

Initially our assembly line started out swell…

"Can we whistle while we work?..."

“Can we whistle while we work?…”

Then Payton turned “criminal” and started consuming the product…

Ooohhhh, Harley saw you...

Ooohhhh, Harley saw you…

I had no recourse then but to bust out the “plastic spoons” for Harley & Leo…

Sharing...

Sharing…

We were able to get a few trays into the freezer, before Mom came back…

Time really does fly when you're having "Doodle fun"

Time really does fly when you’re having “Doodle fun”

They all really had a Doodle*tastic time! But saying “goodbye” for Harley was a real struggle…

Can we talk about this?

Can we talk about this?

And that’s when it hit me! I could open up a DOODLE DAYCARE….

OPEN FOR BSINESS

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

But I would definitely have to look into additional staff. Some of us “can’t hang”

Taking his break

Taking his break

Thanks for reading! Make this the best week of your life, and share some Doodle love along the way….

 

20 Comments
  • Ann Staub
    March 17, 2014

    Aw how fun! Payton looks so tall for only 4 years old! I’m sure both parties, human and dog, slept well that night 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      Ann, Harley snored like he was working on the railroad. I can’t wait for them to come back when the weather get’s better. I’ll sit outside and let them roll around on the backyard, all day long!

  • Tiffany
    March 17, 2014

    That looked like a fun day. The best four-legged babysitters ever!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      Yes Tiffany, they certainly are!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    March 17, 2014

    Looks like a fantastic day and I love that the pups were exhausted at the end. That’s always my goal 🙂

    I made treats for our dogs a few weeks ago – still in the freezer. I’ll be breaking them out tomorrow now that we have our living room back 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      The treats seem to be more popular after a good long walk or a romp in the yard. Leo chomps his down frozen but Harley prefers to watch his melt a little on the bowl (or my hand) before he devours it. I’m sure in warmer weather they will be incredibly refreshing.

  • Lee
    March 17, 2014

    Missed it all. Oh well, next time!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      They’ll be back Doodle Dad, trust me, they’ll be back!

  • Jen | DOGthusiast | StylishCanine
    March 17, 2014

    Oh my gosh – what a fantastic day. And Harley not wanting them to leave at the end, with that sad face, is simply adorable. Payton and Maya have such adorable shirts (not to mention they are simply the cutest kids). The party was definitely at your house!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      Jen, Harley hates for people to leave, he will really perform and try to get you to stay. The girls are always dressed to match and they are always looking adorable. Xavier is fashion conscience too, he prefers to focus on his jeans and sneakers! Yes, it was a great morning, we will definitely do it again soon.

  • emma
    March 17, 2014

    Looks like a fun time. Kids love my sister Katie because she is big, white, soft and fluffy. Kids are a bit scared of Bailie and I as we can be a bit wild and sometimes jump up. Hope you got some of your yogurt treats and they didn’t all go to the humans!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      Surprisingly no one was terribly afraid Emma. Maya took a few minutes to warm up to Leo because of his size but after that she was fine. The yogurt treats are in the freezer. There’s a whole bowl full so if you’d like some let us know.

  • slimdoggy
    March 17, 2014

    What a fun time – thanks for sharing all the pics. Poor Harley – he’s misses all his playmates huh?

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 17, 2014

      Yes Slim, Harley did pout for a little while after they left, but he got over it! The kids will return and Doodle Day Care will reopen! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Dee
    March 17, 2014

    I am a witness…

    The “Doodles house” is the party place!

    For kids and the kid at heart !!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2014

      Awwhhh, that was too sweet Dee. We might have to pen that slogan on a shingle and hang it over the door! Take care

  • Vlad & Barkly's Dee
    March 18, 2014

    What a wonderful day for them The photos are fantastic! The Doodles look like they’d make great “readers” for the kids–the way their attention didn’t stray. Next time, break out the books & get photos of the kids reading to the Doodles, please? Nothing’s sweeter than to watch a child reading to a dog.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2014

      What a PAWsome idea. The Boys do love to sit with kids and I bet they would stay there and listen to the story. I will definitely try that the next time they are over. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Jen
    March 18, 2014

    How fun that everyone was able to make some treats together! I love when things work out this way!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 18, 2014

      Jen, it was a really nice way to spend a Saturday morning. Doodle Dad had a meeting and he was truly “bummed” when he read the post. He said he needs a “do over” so he could participate in the fun.

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