When I was in college, the movie version of Rent came out and my friends and I watched it over and over again, taking turns singing along to different parts. At that moment, I wished my life was a musical and people would just randomly burst into song throughout my days.
Last night, as I got ready to feed Barley her dinner, I found myself singing, "If you want to be my dinner, you've gotta get in my bowl" (that's how that Spice Girls song goes, right?) and I realized that my life really is like a musical--with a cast of one human.
|Sing it again!|
Barley and I started off our relationship on a musical note. Garth Brooks' christmas album has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, especially the song "The Gift" about a poor orphan girl named Maria--so when I adopted a poor orphan dog whose shelter name was Maria, the fist thing I did was call my mom to sing, "A poor orphan dog named Maria was in a cage at the APL." There are several other Maria songs that have been added to the soundtrack over the years as well.
Regularly, I find myself singing The Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl" and reminding Barley that "I wouldn't dream of going nowhere." Or, I remind myself that "I don't want easy, I want crazy" by singing a little Hunter Hayes. On agility nights, I often sing Barley a little Miranda on the drive in to remind her to hide her crazy "and start acting like a lady."
Then there are the songs where I just insert her name into it. Like Justin Bieber's "Baby": "like Barley, Barley, Barley nooo. Like Barley, Barley, Barley oooh." Or sections of songs that seem applicable to her life, like part of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It": "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah. Do the wiggle man. . . . Girl look at that Barley."
Soth gets in on the musical moments throughout the day, too. When he's restless, I pet him and sing, "I see the moon, the moon sees me, the moon sees some bunny I want to see." I regularly make him dance with me while I sing parts of Disney's Beauty and the Beast: "There's something sweet and almost kind, but he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined." Or sometimes I squeeze him while I sing our adaptation of "I Love": "I love coffee in a cup, little fuzzy cats, bourbon in a glass, and grass. And I love you, too."
Every day when I leave for work, that love of the Rent sound track comes back as I embrace my inner Mimi and sing, "Just came to say goodbye, love, goodbye, love, goodbye, love, goodbye" to the pets as I gather my stuff and head out the door. I'm certain at least one of my neighbors has caught the tail end of this while I've been locking the front door.
It's not exactly what I had in mind when I wished for my life to be a musical, but I can imagine a better soundtrack for my days.
Do your pets bring out the musical side of you? What are the best songs on your pet's life soundtrack?
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