Monsoon season, doggie style

Chip and Peanut in their monsoon gear

We look a lot more excited about this gear than we actually are. Mom was bribing us with treats when she took this photo.

Yesterday, Chip and Peanut had the first trial run with their monsoon gear (booties and poncho). The dogs have definitely not adapted to walking in the boots yet, and some serious bribery had to occur to placate them (i.e., enchilada meat). Bhagyashree at PawStation assures me that the dogs will get used to the boots, just as her dogs did. But, our dog walker laughed his way home last night.

I had hoped to write a blog about doggie style during monsoon season back in the June. The traditional start to the season is 10 June, just after my birthday. It is now July, so why the delay? Well, for all the anticipation (good and bad), the season has still not really begun in earnest yet. We are only now getting enough rain for me to justify using the booties. I am sure everyone (the dogs included) wants to know why I would force the dogs to endure such humiliation. It rained in Houston all the time, and never once did the boys wear booties. How bad could the rain really be? Honestly, the rain is not really the problem. It is all the wet mess (stagnant water, trash, feces) that is a breeding ground for bacteria and disease that worries me. I don’t want that wet mess in my house. Any Indians reading this blog will probably tell me this is a losing battle, and they are probably right, but a girl has got to try.

NEWS FLASH: Mother Nature mocks the writer.

This blog was interrupted by the monsoon to say, “HA! Watch this!” As I was typing this piece last night, in 20 minutes, Mother Nature dumped 35 mm (1.3 in.) of rain on the city, resulting in power outages throughout Mumbai, including my building. This outage naturally led me to ask, “What happens to the elevators when the power goes out?” I found out today that they continue running on backup power. Whew! I am all about getting fit, but hoofing it up 12 flights of stairs takes some real Biggest-Loser-style stamina.

I took the boys out in their rain gear myself this afternoon. It was pouring when I outfitted them, but, 20 minutes later, as we walked outside, the rain magically stopped. Of course. The security guards laughed at us, and we certainly got some “crazy American” looks from passersby. The boys are getting the hang of the booties a bit more now, but Chip and Peanut hate the dressing/undressing process. (This must be what it is like to dress toddlers). As I removed the booties after the walk, I thought that they were well worth the rupees spent. Their booties were covered in that wet mess I mentioned, and it will only get worse as the monsoon progresses. My philosophy is that if the dogs get used to the booties before the rains really kick in, that they will appreciate the booties—eventually. OK, maybe not, but you have to admit that Peanut looks cute on YouTube:

 

And, if you don’t think that is funny, watch the original, very shaky video:

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Monsoon season, doggie style

  1. I love it!! They are adorable! I hope to see more video’s. Knowing you are laughing as the camera starts shaking just increases my laughter. More! Make sure you wear your booties, too.

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  2. Pingback: 3 krazy kuttas: The (not-so) street dogs of Mumbai | Magnolia2Mumbai!

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