Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lizzie is my "Wild Thing"

Our older son, Zack, took his mom and me to see the movie version of  "Where the Wild Things Are" that opened this weekend. It's based on a book that we read to Zack a gazillion times (that's right, a gazillion) as a kid.  If you're not familiar with the book, it's described by IMDb as "an adaptation of  Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler."  It hard to believe that they can turn an 11 sentence children's classic into a 90 minute movie, but they did!

My favorite part of the movie is when Max instructs the Wild Things with the command, "Let the wild rumpus start!" and all of them, including Max, begin howling.  It was then that I realized that our dog, Lizzie, is a Wild Thing.  She howls just like that when I get her started.  All this time I thought she was a Corgi (or at least a Corgi mix) but now I know for certain that she's really one of Max's Wild Things!

My dogs are a blast although they are very different in many respects.  Lizzie has been described as A.D.D. (attention deficit dog) because she craves  . . . no, demands attention.  She will continually nuzzle her snout under your hand to try to get you to rub her.  She's persistent and usually wins the battle.  She's a sweetie, too and she gets along famously with our other dog, Rags, whom I wrote about in an earlier post.  She doesn't understand that humans interpret growling as something quite negative because she growls at you for all the wrong reasons.   She's been known to growl when she wants you to pet her, or let her outside, or play with her.  You can imagine how disconcerting this could be to a kid who meets her for the first time. She snores, too but then so do I and Julia still lets me live here.  All in all, she's still a great dog and a fun addition to our family of  Wild Things!

If you don't already have a copy, I hope you'll read the book, Where the Wild Things Are.  It's a keeper and the movie's pretty good, too.

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