Monday , 22 December 2014
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Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie


I have been thinking a lot about Chico Mendes lately.  I have noticed that he is sleeping a lot.  Mind you, he was never “active” unless you count actively seeking a lap as a viable measure.

Lately he has been super quiet and just sleeping a lot. Deep sleep. Right now he is curled up behind my leg and I hear deep breaths coming out of him. I want to take him in my arms and cuddle him.  Tell him I’m sorry I haven’t been paying him much attention.  In like 2 and a half years.

I want to curl up with him and do nothing on the couch. But, there’s just no time.  The frog princess loves him but he prefers the back of my legs to her open arms.  This could possibly be because she takes great enjoyment in chasing him around the house with the lawnmower that has balls in it. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s loud and obnoxious even to me. I can imagine he thinks it’s the end of the world that’s chasing him. I try to tell her that he doesn’t like that and when he asks to be let outside, I gently try to explain that he doesn’t want to be friends right at the moment. But even then, he licks her legs when she’s been out of the house and she is fearless when it comes to dogs, thanks to him.

He is not sick but I’m already dreading when he gets too old.  Thinking back to Sheba, my shih tzu.  I had to put her down in November of ’08 because she had cancer.  I’d had her since college. Chico came to me 24 hours after my grandma passed away 7 years ago. He helped me through that period and I can’t help but feel bad that motherhood changed my relationship with him.  After all, wasn’t he my first baby boy?

And so, I sit here breaking my own rules. He came seeking love which he doesn’t do often anymore and I let him up on the couch. Like the good old days. Before a human baby filled the belly that he used to lie on and life got complicated for the dog that is so loved.

Pimsleur Swedish

About Sili

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.


  1. You got me all teary eyed here, Sili. Give him a hug for me please.

  2. He reminds me of my dog Gypsy King. I had him forever!! He passed right after the baby was born. Enjoy your 1st baby while you can!

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