A Doggone Christmas

by Holly on December 26, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,family,holidays

If there is one thing you need to know about the Everythingtarian family, it’s that we are NOT animal lovers. Like, at all.

Since Daddy E is majorly allergic, we did not grow up with cats, dogs or other furry friends around our house. To add fuel to the pet-hatin’ fire, there have been some traumatic instances with dogs in our past, and I’m sorry, but we’re girls – we just don’t like to get slobbered on. To prove that we are not completely horrible people however, I will tell you we had a goldfish named Bubba that lived for more than three years due to our excellent care.

But that’s about it.

You can imagine our family’s surprise when my sister + her husband announced they were adopting a stray mutt and naming him Doug.

Or Douglas, when they are angry with him.

The world has mysterious way of working as somehow, they ended up with the friendliest, most cuddly part-pitbull dog you can imagine. He rarely barks. He barely sheds. He doesn’t lick your face. All he usually wants to do is sit on your lap and pretend he’s human, just like you.

That, and he likes to run.

While Mama E will say she is taking Doug on a walk, we really know it’s the other way around.

And so it seems Doug (a.k.a. Snoop Douggie Doug, Doug E. Fresh, Douglas Dorsey, Dooglas) has pawed his way into our hearts, and suddenly, we’ve become dog people.

On Christmas Day, we took a family walk to a nearby open field just to let Doug run.

Yeah, he escaped from his leash, went to chase some renegade wildlife in the woods, and we lost him at one point. But he kept coming…


…coming right on back home.

To his family.

That would be his mom, also known as my sister Katie, who insisted I show you she is indeed wacky and hilarious (despite calling her Plain Grain), and so this is the picture she gets.

After all this time spent with Doug over the past 60 hours, I made somewhat of a mental deal with myself. If I can eat my Christmas Day meal without being accosted or slobbered on, then Doug can stay, and I can perhaps start trying to like dogs.

Not cats though.

I still think they are creepy.

And Doug did stay.

At one point, he did make a play for my beer.

But Katie quickly called him on it, and he retreated.

As it turns out, having dogs around only requires a smidge of extra planning. For example, I kept Mama E’s cherry pie in the far corner of the counter where Doug couldn’t reach it…

And I made sure Doug was in another room when I attempted photos of my three-course breakfast this morning, consisting of 1/2 cupĀ Apple Cinnamon Custard Oats, Bacon + Egg Biscuit Sandwich and 2 clementines

After this Christmas weekend, I am still no animal lover, but as longĀ Doug continues to stay away from my food, I am thinking there is hope…even for us Everythingtarians.


VeggieGirl December 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Haha, love this :D

Merry (belated) Christmas!

Evan Thomas December 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Yay! Welcome, Doug. My mom swears she was never a dog person until we got ours. I think she was his biggest fan.

Lo December 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm

you know that i want a puppy more than anything, and this post of Doug makes me want one even more. I gotta wait til I find an apt friendly home for us though…merry/happy belated christmas lover. get to chicago soon please! Or I may have to stalk you in WI>

love love love

one and only,

Matt December 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm

That my friend is the breakfast of champions ;)

Nelly December 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

…ok I have a pretty serious case of dog envy now. Grew up with a golden retriever named Jason, whose name was actually my first word, but haven’t owned another dog since him and starting to really, really want one again…

Emily December 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

awww that melts my heart… Doug is sooo freakin cute. My dad was allergic too, and I pretended to like dogs for years when I was actually terrified of them….until one moved in with me and I love her soo much.

Those pictures of him running back to you…ahh that’s what its all about. Its like a child that lasts a lot longer and can’t smart off.

xoxo – Em

janetha December 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

A Christmas miracle!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Doug and your commentary about not being slobbered on….i was truly LOL!

Nice pic of your sis, I’m sure she loves you right about now :)

That snow. Oh my. That was my childhood. I cannot handle that kinda weather anymore! Clearly you are a much braver woman than i am to be outside in all that white! Stay Warm!

Merry Xmas!

Adam December 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Am i the only 1 who caught the “The Cutting Edge” ref? My sister might have watched that movie more than 100 times from the ages of 16-17… I have it completely memorized, and p.s. i love that dog, he looks so nice! You have mail coming at ya btw. Glad you enjoyed your Christmas yo!

Mimi (Gingersnaps) December 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Merry Christmas! So glad you’re having a great time! I grew up with dogs, so I’m a dog person…but only for well-behaved ones. I’ve gotten strange looks for how sharp I can be with animals that misbehave. Probably comes from also growing up with horses. But dogs are the best when you’ve had a shitty day and just want to cuddle something that won’t ask you to go make a sandwich.

Oh, out of curiosity, have any places in London you’d recommend me hitting up?

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 27, 2010 at 12:18 am

i love your doggy photos!! and ive always wanted to try your custard oats– its about time!

Lauren December 27, 2010 at 5:44 am

Haha, awww too cute!! Although, I think the dog may be the one who has to adjust to the wonderfully wacky Everythingtarian family. ;) No just kidding. So glad that you had an amazing Christmas! :) Love you Holly.

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

Awwwwww DOUG!! I’m a dog LOVER and I wish my parents would hurry up and adopt a dog already. So stinkin” cute!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes December 27, 2010 at 7:16 am

Looks like you are dog people to me… :) Glad you didn’t get slobbered on! ;)

Enjoy the last days of 2010, Holly!

elise December 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

ick. sorry to doug, but i dont like pitbulls. cats are meh in my book…

gorggggg snow pics btw. what kind of rebel do you have? (my parents are reclaiming their camera)

Jess December 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

What an adorable dogggg! Congrats to the owners :)

sofia December 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

we had a family dog until the age of six, followed by a seven year period during which i begged, screamed and cried for another dog. i also became obsessed with dogs in general, insisting on petting every dog that passed me, if their owners allowed. then i bought dog encyclopedias, memorized every kennel recognized by the american kennel club, and became that weird dog girl in 5th grade who could recognize any breed from a mile away. i became a strict vegetarian at age 12 (until 20) and was a bonafide animal lover.

and now? i eat lots and lots of chicken, fear dogs, and absolutely hate cats. i’m not sure as to what happened, either. nothing traumatic, so it’s kind of bizarre, no?

anyway, enough of my personal history! glad you and dougie are getting’ along! but i totally hear you in your trepidations. takes some time adjusting to a doggie friend, but this one’s a cutie (from a distance, at least), so it look like fun!

PS i want that pie. kthanks.

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

Doug seems like the perfect type of dog. Glad he was able to change your mind about them! :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

This is such a cute post! I love pitbulls. With the right owners, they’re such sweet pups. :D

Jenny December 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

ah, thank you boo! I always thought I was a heartless demon for not being an animal lover.. but they just don’t do anything for me. Especially cats. They’ just sit and stare at you — though I do appreciate their knack for killing mice – because I hate mice even more.

Whoa, maybe I am a heartless demon.

anyway.. i love you :)

Katie December 27, 2010 at 10:07 am

HA, welcome to the family, Doug! I’m still trying to wear Ari down… one day, he will decide we need a pug in our lives.

Merry Christmas, Holly!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

I can’t even imagine not having dogs around. Next weekend we’re having another family get together and there will be 3 dogs all in 1 house. One is a puppy and one has never met the puppy and my dog. It’s going to be fun!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) December 27, 2010 at 10:28 am

That dog is SO cute. I’m dying to get a puppy but my husband won’t let me :( Haha, I’ll definitely win one day!
PS – I’m hosting a giveaway for sustainable seafood. Check it out if you’re interested! :)

sisters running the kitchen December 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

haha doug is so cute!!! hope you had a great holiday holly!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum December 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

OMG. What a precious face! I love that first picture of him. And Doug? Great name!! Also, Grainbelt – great choice. I, too, celebrated the season with a little Vitamin G. :)

Katie December 27, 2010 at 11:31 am

Oh how cute Doug is!!!!! Yay for a doggone christmas!!!!!

Love ya girl !!!!!

Mmmmmmmmmmm that pie looks so good! xoxo

Lauren December 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

This is very funny! I’m always surprised when people aren’t animal people because my family is the opposite of anti-animal. My dog Mia (Mia Wallace) is an over sized black lab that is the sweetest thing ever and a huge part of our Xmas day. Non-fragile ornaments go on the bottom of the tree because of her tail :)

Glad you had a happy christmas!!

Sami December 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

awhhh. what a cute pup!

so glad you had a great christmas.

your family is SO fun.


emily (a nutritionist eats) December 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Well, I can see how you all fell in love with Doug. He is adorable!
(I thought I wanted a dog, but then I pet-sat one and decided it wouldn’t be the best idea for me. :) )

Jessica December 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm

This is such exciting news!! Doug-e-dog (my nickname for him) seems like such a sweet little man, and I’m happy he has turned your fam’s appreciation for animals around!

Cuddly, goofy pets are the best. Ginger is such a cuddler! I dunno Holls….I’m thinking someone should start looking into adopting a fuzzy, friendly, lovable creature of her own! Promise it’ll stay away from your food..as long as you keep it in high places!

Ginger never messes with our food…unless it’s popcorn, avocado or asparagus. Then, she hovers like crazy! You learn to love it though, and share :)

Eden December 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I have a “love/hate” relationship with dogs. I love certain kinds and breeds, and mainly the little one I just would like to step on. I know, I’m sure PETA thinks I’m evil especially when I buy a rack of ribs…..
Anyhow, I think its awesome the dog is named “doug”. I dont know if that was because he is a “dog” but I won a goldfish when I was seven at a fair and named him phshhhh. He died and three days later, of a food overdose. Come to think of it, I think thats when I first started going to therapy. hmm…..this comment does not make me look good.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

OMG!!! Doug is an EXACT clone of my new baby Charlie!!! (Or Charlie Brown when we’re angry) We just adopted him last Wednesday and he is a Pitbull/Terrier mix. I’m glad you’re telling everyone how friendly he is because Charlie is perfect. He is super frinedly, great with kids, and I couldn’t imagine a better fit for the Husband and myself!

Erica December 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

awwww Doug is SO cute! I love human names for animals (hence Frank). Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. That cherry pie look so delicious

Low December 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Doug is beautiful! I have a soft spot for pits, they can be so misunderstood. But there’s nothing wrong with not being a dog lover. I’m not a baby lover. I hope you’ll still be my friend with that information.

Katie December 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

I’m not a dog person either. And there were 6 of them at my parents house. All begging for table scraps and slobbering on me and walking at my feet in the kitchen. I lost my shit once or twice, I can’t lie.

Special K December 29, 2010 at 5:42 am

Is Doug Single?

I am not a “dog” or cat person but just ordered a Furby….does that count?

hey, have a good recipe for homemade granola bars/cakes? can you email them to me?
better yet, comment on my blog?

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