Saturday, May 22, 2010

Daycare and the Gauntlet of Doom

Daycare is one of the high points of my week. Unfortunately, they have remodeled the daycare place and now getting out to see my friends requires a nerve wracking trip down the corridor of doom.

You see, that hallway goes right past the beauty parlor which is a place I truly despise. Sure, I like being wet, but on my own terms, so whenever we go to daycare I have to be on high alert lest the grooming salon door open and suck me in.

Here I am checking with momma and bracing myself to make a dash for it.

I find that just keeping my head down and focusing on my destination helps. But seriously, I don't know why it is required for me to suffer through this every week.

Once in the safety of the happy playtime area I am able to put that hallway behind me and greet my pals. Like Jake, the big fat yellow lab.

I encourage him to run around as much as possible to work off some of that blubber.

I thought this was Miss Khyra herself at first. Especially since she spends most of her time on that rock playing queen for a day.

I had to tell momma to get lost. She is so nosy always wanting to photo me when I am busy with my friends. Hey! Go get your own friends... it's Dexter time!

I am teaching some of my more athletic buddies how to launch from the rock on to the air conditioning unit. This particular lesson was foiled by squirt bottle lady who is just outside of camera range scolding me for being something called an instigator.

Well, all good things must come to end I suppose. They use walkie talkies so when momma comes to pick me up, squirt bottle lady beeps the humans in the yard to "bring in Dexter."

Which means another trip down the hallway for me. Be brave, be brave...

See those legs behind me? That is short pants dude and he likes to herd me down the corridor like I am some big old cow. That is pretty embarrassing.

Of course there is shopping to do before it is time to go home. I am starving by the end of the day and quite put out that I have to wait to get home for my foodables when there are all these labrasized bags right here at daycare.

Drive woman! I could expire from hunger!

Dexter done!

P.S. I made a movie to demonstrate the scary hallway. Try not to be frightened because there is action footage of me playing with my friends in between my vexing trips past the salon. Watch by clicking here.


Gus said...

Dexter Dude!

Good to see you. And that looks like a great group of friends. I might even go to daycare if I thought I would have nice friends like you and your pals.

I hate squirt bottles too.

Teka Toy

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Despite that hallway that they make you walk down all ALONE, we think your daycare looks like lots of fun - you have some great pals there. That Khyra lookalike is huge! We don't care for baths at all either, so we don't blame you for your fear of that lonnnnnnnngggggggggg hallway.

Have a good weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Dexter, where was Mango? Why didn't he go with you to the day care? Would you feel safer with his presence?
Gosh, watching you making the nerve wracking trip down the corridor of doom made my bladder empty involunteerily!
Got to go mop the floor right now before my mom steps on it!
Love y'all.

Busby and Raymond said...

That hallway would scare us too. Hey we liked the movie. They need to get another, smaller rock for the short dogs to climb on.

The Thundering Herd said...

Dexter - Whatever that instigator thing is, it must be good, because I get called that all of the time - Natasha.

dewdana said...

Oh Dexter you are so brave! You look like Moose going down the long narrow side yard back when the viscious neighbor puppy "Snow White" lived next door! Head down and a steady quick trot with a few glances back to momma. You don't go so fast as to arouse suspiscion but not so slow as to invite trouble. And definitely look as cute as possible while you are doing it which you have clearly mastered! Moose understands! Looks like you had fun once you were there! Is there a little pool or something or were you wet from squirt bottle lady? I guess that sorta rats you out to momma as to how much instigating you did that day! Does short pants dude ever say 'git along little doggie'? Tell him to try that when he is herding you.

Ina in Alaska said...

Dexter you made me smile this morning! Such a silly boy in the Hallway of Doom, fun video!

I believe I spied Miss Halle (black standard poodle) making a cameo appearance at your dog camp along with Miss Khyra!

Jeter has been going to day camp too. When I pick him up he has had so much fun that he instantly falls asleep in the car on the way home, then he takes another big nap. He loves it so much that he has forgotten to pee in the house!!! YAY!!! Tee hee hee!!!!!

Frankie Furter said...

Another fun day at Camp Hunch a Bunch.

Khyra, Khousin Merdie, And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think I need one of those rokhks fur my yard...

PeeEssWoo: Nice to see woo!

BRUTUS said...

Hey there buddy! Looks like such a cool place you go to... So much better than crate time :) I'd join you on that rock - I'm like a mountain goat!

Brutus the Frenchie

Heather and Ellie said...

Good to see you back, Dexter!

Gosh, I can imagine how scary that hallway would be. I mean, I dislike baths at home, though I usually just submit myself to my fate and let mom do whatever she wants. I just look ultra-gloomy in the bath. Sometimes it makes her laugh. Weird, huh? Why would she laugh when I put on my gloomy face? Don't get me wrong, I love her a whole bunch, but she is sometimes confusing....
But I sure wouldn't like to be bathed by someone else!

brooke said...

Dexter... you're kind of a drama queen with that hallway. hehehe.
Your daycare place looks super fun though!

Sue said...

It looks like you changed your mind and wanted to go back and play some more. Maybe Mango should escort you up and down the hallway so nobody can grab you.

the booker man said...

wow! your daycare looks grrreat! you've got lots of nice friendz to play with. i think it makes that scary run past the salon worth it, but dude, i was on the edge of my seat when you were running past it!!
the booker man

Randi said...


You are looking SO BRAVE walking down that horrible least they could have a nice carpet layed out..or a drinking fountain..or some extra dog floof to sniff along the way...

You did a great job Dexter - so fun to see how you spend your day!

Love & Licks,
Your Cougar (Rrrrrr!)

Lola said...

Why oh why did they put the groomer place in your hallway? Are they trying to keep doggies AWAY from doggy daycare? Because that would be a great way to keep me out, I know that fur sure. Also, don't let them call you an instigator. Explain to them that you have excellent leadership skills and should be considered for a management position.

Hope everything is well with you and Mango and also your humans,

wags, Lola

pee s. Do you know where I can order a rock like that?

Rebecca said...

Doggie Daycare sounds like fun - I know all about being groomed, being a poodle and all. It's not so scary when Mom does the grooming though
Daisy Mae

houndstooth said...

Dexter, it's good to see you! I think Short Pants Dude has some serious issues! I wouldn't trust that guy behind me in the Hallway of Doom, either!


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

That corridor looks very daunting, Dexter, and it is very brave of you to go down it! But then again, we all know how very brave you are!


Benny and Lily said...

Dexter you have nerves of steel. The trip down that hallway is terrifying. Thank goodness you found your frineds.
Benny & Lily

Kari in WeHo said...

that place sure does look scary!

Marjie said...

Dexter! You are lucky to have escaped the beauty salon! It is not a manly place, anyway. good for you, trying to teach your daycare friends about actions and fun!


Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh even the thought of the corridor of doom frightens me...

We don't have doggy day care here in the uk, so I am totally fascinated by your torture............

sympathetically yours, Marvin xxxxxx

Dory and the Mama said...

Dexter, that was one scary movie. You were ever so brave walking down that hallway without your Mama tho!!

Smileys and Snuggles!
Dory, Jacob and Bilbo

Koobuss said...

Hi Dexter,

That was very informative. You have a great day care center there, even with the long hallway. And I just loved your video!! My compliments to the video editor! Great job!!!

Love and Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

Mack said...

Woa. That hallway looks really scary.

And is that a Boston Boston Terrier I see in the video??

Cinnamon said...

Hi Dexter,

I always get envious of you when I read your posts about your daycare. But, that corridor does look scary!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Dexter!
Great daycare day!
I wonder what that rock has that everyone wants to be on top of it!
The hallway sure is scary!
Happy Weekend!
Kisses and hugs

Cinnamon said...

Thank you so much for nominating my photo for the Photo of the Month at The Bone Zone (! I am honored!!

The expression on my face may be a little wild for a lady, but believe or not, I like the photo myself!

It is unfortunate that I can't vote for myself because I am not a member of the Dogs with Blogs...


Oskar said...

You are very brave to travail the hallway of doom!

Eric said...

Brave indeedy dude!Though I love going to the Spa try and pull Mom right off her tootsies in my eagerness to get inside.

Your daycare place looks loads of fun but where's the Mango when you are there?

Wiry love Eric xx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa, you made it past the beauty parlor and you're safe, Dexter!
We don't think you're an instigator at all!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Aniemother said...

We loved the video! Apart from the corridor of doom that looks like lots of fun.



The hall of doom! Squirt bottle lady? Fat Jack? What is that place... at least queen FT is there to look at!! Then you go home to touching the RH. Send smoke signals if you need out!

tula said...

don't pay attention to the cackling in the background.. mom can't contain herself watching Dexter's episode of the twilight zone...what is this place?!

speaking of my date
.. wondering if Miss Pom Pom tail gets her pom poms done there.. not a bad look, huh?

kissies, tula

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay that hallway is scarry all rite!!! like the hallway in the faymus dokyoomentry the shining!!! only with fyooer creepy kids or elevators ful of blud of korse ha ha ok bye

Peppy Sheppys said...

We are jealous of your play time! Wally and Ethel used to go to one of those places but Ethel got expelled for naughtiness. (True story).

We won an award and we didn't even know we were nominated! OMD! Thank you so much for liking our post in which we were super good. We like to be acknowledged for our hard work. Even if our ape is lazy and does not do the posting or the commenting as much as she should.

Sheps w/Pep and Otis POTUS.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Honestly, Peewee...we watched that video and Scruffy had to go use his papers he was so skeered...I can't beleive they play that musaak every time you walk down that stoopid hallway...

Now haven't you learned your lesson bout that air conditioner trimmin' your toenails???

As for that substantial yellow labbie boy, could you get his number for me, like a dear pup?

Kisses to Mango also!!!

Miss Laciedunkindonutscakes

Anonymous said...

Oh, Dexter! I was all shivery watching you walk down that hall! I thoughts for sure somebuddy was gonna reach out and grab you! I'm very much relieved that didn't happen and that you had a good time with all your very nice furends!

Wiggles & Wags,

hero said...

That was a scary hallway... and the salon thingy is so un-dexter like, luckily you manage to say clear of that... on your way to camp-hump-a-lot.

Licks, hero

ocmist said...

Your friends do look like they would be a lot of fun, but we think you are very brave to navigate that scary hallway whenever you go to that place! The CC Pups

HoundDogMom said...

Dexter, sorry you must endure that scary hallway just to be able to play. Just keep thinking Be Brave and walk fast. :) The Hounddogs.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Gosh, Dexter - that hallway does looks scary! I have a scary hallway in my home too - only the floor is made of that shiny wood - which used to be fine but now has suddenly become extra scary and I just can't walk on it and stand there crying until my human loses her patience and yells at me to stop being a silly girl - and then I scramble across it quickly and of course, because I'm not walking normally, I start slipping - so I make myself even more scared...(sigh) - this is a big problem in our house at the moment and my human is very frustrated and trying teach me that the floor is what I have been walking on for months now with no problems and has not suddenly become scary...but it has! I know it has!

Honey the Great Dane

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Oooh! Holy Hallways of Doom, Dexterman! (Those grooming salons are sort of like black holes - if you get too close to the door, you get sucked right in, never to return. I don't blame you for being wary!)

*kissey face*
-Fiona (and Abby, I guess)

Joe Stains said...

holy crap dude it is like the hallway in the Shining!! I'd be scared too!!

Twinkietinydog said...

A dog's life! You've got it made, Dex. Although, if I may say so, that sibe didn't look as beautiful as our Khyra...