All-Natural Dog Treat

29 Jun

C’s third week in this world is a blur to me now, but one moment does stand out.

It is 3am and I am nursing our little guy in a sleep-deprived idiot stupor.  I finish up, dim the lights (with the handy remote control dimmer my smart husband installed) and get up to put C down in his crib.  Something falls to the ground with a *clink,* but I can’t see it and frankly, at 3am, a bomb could go off next door and nary so much as an eyebrow would have raised.  The only things that matter: Sleep.  Bed.  No more consciousness.

The next morning, I am sitting in the rocking chair nursing C again and I spy something black and twisty on the floor.  It is C’s umbilical cord, which had been hanging by a thread on his belly button for a lot longer than expected.  Well good, I think.  It’s about time that thing fell off.  I’ll pick it up when I’m done here.

Just then, our dog Murphy (who had been shell-shocked since the arrival of this new, screaming demon) sniffs in the direction of the umbilical cord on the ground.  “No, Murph!” I snap, probably a little too harshly.  He slinks out of the room and I return my attention to nursing.

Minutes tick by.  C is still eating when I notice that Murph is back in the general vicinity of the fallen umbilical cord, and he is chewing.  And chewing.  Something very rubbery is in his mouth and he appears to be enjoying it thoroughly.

“Drop it!” I yell, but it is too late.  The dog has unceremoniously eaten our son’s umbilical cord.  We are now officially one with our dog.

7 Responses to “All-Natural Dog Treat”

  1. Oma June 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    allow me to be the first to leave a comment – I am so glad you decided to blog about the wee Seabass – love this story – love you!

  2. TYLER July 1, 2010 at 12:55 am #


    It’s the beginning of a novel: “Murphy’s Pentance” You know, kind of like “Sophies Choice” but with a canine twist!

  3. Debbie July 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    I am so happy to be reading your stories again. Gotta love the Murph.

  4. kristin July 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Great story! I bet you were too tired to even be upset or grossed out about it.


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