Whew…Cathy went off on Thursday to watch the Storm game at a sports bar. We don’t own a television set anymore and besides, it’s much more fun in a group, she says. Sort of like playing alone in a yard versus playing with a group at the dog park or doggie day care.
Well, as I age I’m getting fussier about my playmates. My mom, on the other hand, becomes more gregarious with each passing year. She’s always stuffing me in my crate while she dashes off to happy hours, networking breakfasts and now sports events.
“I’ve never done this before,” she told me, donning her Seattle Storm fan gear for the occasion. “People cheer as if the team could hear them. We must be crazy.”
Fortunately the Storm won. That means, my mom says, basketball season is over and her team got a championship…sort of like Best in Show at the American Kennel Club.
Frankly, I could care less about clubs, shows and trophies. Give me a nice soft bed and a handful of treats any day.
But the mom was really getting into it. She even went to the celebration last night. “Why not? I might not get this opportunity again in my lifetime,” she explained.
Today she sadly packed away her Storm sweatshirt, t-shirts and hat.
“Not till next year,” she said. “On the other hand, it’s nice to have my life back. For awhile my scheduled revolved around watching those games.”
Mine too. I was hoping for more quality time with the mom but alas, her calendar’s getting packed.
This morning she grabbed one of her old non-Storm sweatshirts to wear when she escorted me to the dog park. She randomly chose a bright red Nebraska shirt, souvenir of a visit she made before she became a dog owner. She rarely wears it so it’s still in great condition and she figured she could be anonymous.
To our amazement, someone greeted us on the street. “Cornhuskers fan? In town for the game?”
Turns out University of Washington played Nebraska today.
My mom opted for a more neutral sweatshirt next time we went out. Needless to say, I continue to go naked. But I bet if the Storm came out with cute little doggie coats, I’d be wearing one in no time. Green’s a good color for me, too.