Perhaps I have a little explaining to do. You are all going to notice sooner or later - Carmen is wearing pants. It's pretty hard to miss:
|Are you there, God? It's me - Carmen....|
The majority of us bloggers are women, and most of you are either from my generation or have children in my generation. I therefore apologize to the much smaller group of followers with Y chromosomes if this post makes you a little squirmy...
So do you remember the Judy Blume book entitled "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret". It was pretty much required reading for me and all my fellow pre-teens when we started asking questions about, how shall I say... Womanhood?
Well, just one week shy of turning 9 months old, my little princess officially left her puppyhood behind. Carmen is in heat* (please see footnote at end of post if you find this concerning)!
I figured as long as she needs to wear pants for hygiene reasons, she might as well look good. No saggy diapers for the Drama Queen - these are "Hot Pants"!!!
|I mean really - these are some pretty sexy britches!|
A big "paws up" to Hot Pants, as they really do stay put and Carmen doesn't mind them at all! I'm actually amazed that they stay on, especially since she doesn't have a tail to help keep them in place. We have two pair, which is a good thing because I keep needing to wash them. I like the black/lace/rhinestone heart version better, but the hot pink/polka-dot bow are pretty darn cute too.
|Eat your hearts out, boys!|
My plan for Carmen has always been first and foremost that she be a happy & well-adjusted pet, and secondly a performance teammate. She also turned out to be exceedingly pretty (even by Frenchie breed standards), so I'm also enjoying letting Carmen strut her stuff in the confirmation ring while she is still eligible (all dogs/bitches must be intact). She will be spayed sometime next year (but don't tell Carmen that, okay?), but for now she is gloriously a woman!
So we are about 9 days into Carmen's cycle, not quite half way though. This is all new territory for all us, and I'm happy to say "so far, so good". Brutus has been a gentleman the vast majority of the time (he's neutered, but I'm not sure he knows that), and Mason could care less. Other than the fact that my little woman is walking around in pants, it's pretty much business as usual here.
The only thing different is that Carmen seems to be especially interested in supervising her back yard. Perhaps she's looking for someone tall, dark & handsome (Jaeger Farr, are you reading this?) to come and sweep her off her feet? Watching the snowflakes come down & blanket her back yard? Or maybe just waiting for Santa to come? Whatever it is, I've never had a dog that looks UP at the sky so much!!
|Hey, Santa - just bring me one of everything. And don't skimp on the stuff from Tiffany's, OK? I've been a VERY good girl!!|
|I just know my knight in shining armor is out there somewhere - maybe he's buried in all this snow!?!|
Rest assured, Carmen is never away from my watchful eyes or ever off leash outside! No dates for the Drama Queen, sorry.... No matter how much pouting I have to endure!
Oh I almost forgot - here's my disclaimer:
*I debated about posting about my Carmen being intact, mostly because rescue is such a big presence in the DWB community. I know all too well that there are certainly more doggies in the world than could ever find forever homes, and do what I can to support resuce (like the Flat Brutus Project for FBRN). However I also support quality/purebred dog breeders who conscientiously health test and make their breeds better though responsible, limited breeding (as opposed to puppy mills or pet shops).
Please understand that Carmen is not destined to be a mom, but I'm allowing her an initial heat for very specific reasons. Going through a hormone cycle helps a female dog to stop growing when nature intends (instead of growth plates staying open & her becoming taller than she should be). This is especially important for Carmen since she'll be doing agility, as she'll be less prone to joint injury. Any dog that is not intended to be bred should be spayed/neutered for their own health & well-being, as well as to prevent accidental breeding.