June 13th, 2017
The end of the school year is almost here. But, Bailey’s boys must first get through a week of final exams that started on Monday. Test anxiety can be a little much for even the most studious students. Bailey is quite willing to offer her “study buddy” services to alleviate such stress. She offers a few options. Clearly, one of Bailey’s favourites is sprawling on her backside – tummy side up – in the hopes that a needy student will stumble upon her and feel compelled to vigorously rub a neglected belly. I have walked by on numerous occasions to observe my newf spread eagle with a kneeing son running his fingers through her thick undercoat. Bailey is obviously enjoying every minute given the happy grunts radiating out of her mouth. Her “study buddy” is also benefiting from this symbiotic relationship. I see the stress disappear as his face lights up with a smile.
Bailey also provides comedic relief to loosen the tension in household. She is still wearing her special panties in the aftermath of the dreaded UTI (urinary tract infection) because Bailey truly enjoys wearing them. I haven’t the heart to put them away yet. That being said, my sons crack up with laughter at the sight of Bailey prancing through the house once she gets them on after being outside. She has a number of laughter producing antics such as whipping her “Stuffie” bear back and forth with enough force to make a loud thud as it comes in contact with the side of her head. The boys can’t stop themselves from chuckling. I have come to realize that dogs are natural clowns.
Sometimes, Bailey’s presence is all that is needed. She is really good natured about the boys using her as a pillow to prop themselves against as they study. The warmth radiating from her belly has a calming effect much like a mug of hot chocolate does after a cold ski outside. With the stress greatly reduced, my sons can give their complete attention to studying for the next exam. Listening is another tactic of Bailey’s. She is content to sit or lie down while one of her boys talks to her. A nuzzle against the hand encourages her “study buddy” to continue. My sons do not have to worry about Bailey interrupting. She has all the time in the world for her guys. High school finals are unavoidable. However, having a Newfoundland dog as your own personal “study buddy” can improve your mood.