Dressing the Dog-Chapter 3, Part One


Chapter 3 (Part One)


“A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

– John Steinbeck


We were back in the car and headed to New York City… the city that never sleeps.  After a night of very LITTLE sleep in Boston, we actually NEEDED sleep but Katie seemed to be back to her old self again and we were optimistically hopeful.  We made more roadside stops than necessary to let Katie Bug walk around and potty, if necessary.  I had been to New York City before so I tried to tell Katie what to expect and she seemed excited.  I told her about the lights, the parks, the people and the yummy smells from the street-food vendors.  She was down with the whole idea!  She was!  In no time at all, we found ourselves mired in traffic like we have only experienced during hurricane evacuations back home, but later discovered that this was the NORMAL traffic pattern for the region.  It was a trial, let me tell you!  Daddy traveled a lot for his job but even HE had rarely seen traffic like this.  He said it was worse than TWO Atlantas at rush hour… and it wasn’t rush hour.  You could cut the tension in that car with a knife.  I offered to sing songs to help mellow the mood but Mummy told me to just lie down and be quiet. Hmmm. After about 3 days in dog years, we arrived at the hotel… and we did not wreck the car either.  God moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform.  After checking into the room, Mummy said the FIRST thing they needed to do was buy some baby diapers for Katie… just to be on the safe side!  We didn’t want a repeat of Boston.  Honestly, our family would not survive it.  This way, anytime Katie was in the room, she would be diapered up… and not the doggie diapers either with the little hole at the rear end.  We needed a BABY DIAPER that covered EVERYTHING so that all accidents were contained within the diaper!!!  This would later be the method that we would ALL USE anytime we stayed away from home.  It just saved a lot of undue stress and everyone was happy.  We had plans to stay here for 2 nights and were going to meet a few friends for dinner.  Mummy covered the bed with our doggie blankets and towels (just in case), we diapered up Katie, and we all lay down for a much needed rest.


The nap was what we all needed to feel REJUVINATED and soon, Katie and I were decked out in matching harnesses, strutting our stuff on the streets of Manhattan.  Lots of doggies in New York City wear pretty clothes so we didn’t really stand out, but people thought it was cute to see two yorkies dressed alike.  When we reached the restaurant, there were heaters on the patio to make things more comfortable since we were not allowed inside.  Mummy brought along our fuzzy carrying bag so we could snuggle inside while the grown-ups ate their dinner.  All-in-all, it was pretty low key and we enjoyed the extra attention from Mummy’s friends.  Katie was back to normal and we were having a great time walking around, seeing the sights.  Daddy carried Katie most of the time but I really liked to walk, so that was how we saw the city.  Mummy didn’t want to overdo things on the first day so we returned to the hotel to turn in early.  We had eaten earlier and Katie was fine.  Pooping was back to normal.  All was right with the world.  The diaper went on and it was time for bed… but Mummy wasn’t convinced that she should sleep in the “big bed” and there wasn’t another place to sleep.  Daddy made up a squishy doggie bed in the corner of the room and tried to get Katie to lie down there… but she kept whimpering to get up with everyone else.  So they tried making ME sleep with her too… but then we BOTH cried.  They tried putting us in the bathroom with the door shut, but we still cried and now we also scratched at the door.  Daddy said to just put us both in the “big bed’ and not worry about it, but Mummy said they couldn’t pay for another bedspread and if the diaper FAILED, it would ruin the mattress too.  That shut him up, right quick-like.  There was only one solution.  Someone would have to sleep on the floor with us.  They ended up flipping a coin and Daddy lost.  You win some… you lose some.  Just sayin’.


The next day we spent a lovely afternoon strolling around Central Park.  For a little dog in New York City… THIS is the place to go!  Once you walk through one of the many entrances, and get into the guts of the park, you will forget that you are even IN one of the greatest cities in the world because you feel so secluded.  But lest you decide to venture onto the grass, let me forewarn you… don’t.  There are many areas where dogs are not allowed on the grass.  Signs are posted hither and yon, but they are easy to miss.  If you SHOULD miss one, don’t worry.  Someone will let you know.  Very sternly.  And if you are a little dog who can only “do their business” on the grass, you will have a problem, because in Manhattan… the curb is where you have to do it.  This takes some getting used to but fortunately the “smells” that are left behind by a million other dogs give you the encouragement you need to complete the task.  Since I had been to Manhattan before, I knew the drill, but Katie didn’t.  Going potty was a process for her but she was coming along nicely.  We had seen the park, gone to the boat pond, watched the horse-drawn carriages from the safety of a park bench and we were done for the day.  As we headed back to the hotel, we made a pit-stop along a curb on a “sort-of” secluded street so that we could make one last potty.  I was done in record time.  Katie was still trying to get the hang of things but she was doing… sort of OK.  Then things went from OK, to something that couldn’t be fixed in a split second.  Really, I kid you not, it was THAT FAST.  Daddy had glanced up for an instant and Katie wasn’t paying attention and really, neither was I… when she plopped both of her front paws into a moist pile of horse doo-doo.  It came up to her arm pits. –SIGH- I could feel myself getting sick.


Since Mummy had been a Girl Scout in her younger days, her survival instincts kicked in.  Daddy had done nothing in his youth so he just stood there with his arms raised to the heavens.  Mummy told Daddy to find a store and buy several bottles of water.  She would wait there with Katie and make sure no one stole her, which honestly, was not going to happen but we waited there with her anyway because she was just a baby and I think it’s against the law to leave a baby alone on the sidewalk, even if they do have doo-doo all over them.  When Daddy returned with 6 bottles of water, they proceeded to give Katie a bath… right there on the sidewalk of Manhattan.  But what other option was there?  I acted like I was a stranger who just “happened upon” this family washing off their dog.  I didn’t want anyone to think that I knew them.  Never-mind that Katie and I were dressed exactly alike.  That was just some WEIRD coincidence!!!  Daddy scooped up the water-logged Katie and we hustled on back to the hotel so we could pack up our duds.  We were leaving early in the morning and wanted to get a good night’s sleep, but what WERE the sleeping arrangements for tonight?  Mummy offered to sleep on the floor with us since Daddy had done it last night.  Secretly, she thought that Daddy would decline her HUGELY MAGNANAMOUS OFFER and say that HE would take the floor again, but he took her up on it and that night, Mummy took to the floor with the two of us… but only after Katie had a thorough bath!  Did you know that stepping in horse doo-doo will not kill you?  It smells like it would, but it won’t.  Horse manure is often used in flower beds as a fertilizer to produce the most BEAUTIFUL flowers.  Hmmm.  The more you know!


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  • Charlotte Oberschmidt

    30.05.2018 at 18:49 Reply

    Millie I am enjoying the trip with you. And yes I laughed several times. Katie will learn the “ropes” and will be a world traveler like you!!!

    • Darsey Mitchell

      30.05.2018 at 18:53 Reply

      Thank you! I am glad you are enjoying our life story ??

      • Angelene H Carmichael

        31.05.2018 at 04:20 Reply

        Thank Thank you for ThanksThanks

  • Tania Rodriquez

    30.05.2018 at 18:52 Reply

    Katie cracks me up!!! She has her own personality. Love your stories.

    • Darsey Mitchell

      30.05.2018 at 18:54 Reply

      We love Katie too! She has always done things a little differently!!! ?❤️?

  • Cat Buckler

    30.05.2018 at 18:58 Reply

    Love reading your story. I’m sure there are many more for you to share. XOXO to everyone!

  • Kathy Adkins

    30.05.2018 at 19:35 Reply

    Oh Millie, you and Katie are so funny! I laughed picturing you pretending you didnt know them! I’m enjoying your story and can’t wait to learn more about all you beauties! Hugs and kisses!

    • Darsey Mitchell

      30.05.2018 at 19:42 Reply

      I am so glad you are enjoying our life story! Little Katie is a funny sister and always keeps us on our toes!!!

  • Daphne Parris

    30.05.2018 at 20:27 Reply

    Millie LaRue. Your Momma, Dad and Baby Katie are Hysterical. I’m So Very Glad they have you. At least you show the Family Normalcy. LoL. You Ladies are Great not to mention Very Pretty.

  • Loretta Paduano

    30.05.2018 at 21:39 Reply

    Millie, thank you for sharing your exploits with Mummy, Daddy and Katie, you are a wonderful big sister. No one can blame you for pretending you didn’t know them during the horse doodoo incident! You always make me laugh, just saying! ?

    • Darsey Mitchell

      30.05.2018 at 22:16 Reply

      Oh my gosh… it was soooo embarrassing!!! ?

  • Monica Karroum

    30.05.2018 at 21:42 Reply

    Love ❤️ it!!! Poor Katie ended up covered in poop! I could imagine Millie acting like not part of the situation!! ??? Both are Super cute!!! ..now I have to wait for the next part!! ???⭐️???

    • Darsey Mitchell

      30.05.2018 at 22:16 Reply

      Thank you for following our story! We hope you enjoy our family tale. ?❤️?

  • Laura Seavers

    31.05.2018 at 00:36 Reply

    Looks like poor Katie was just destined to be covered in poop! LOL! Your stories are so funny! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Barb Pesola

    31.05.2018 at 02:17 Reply

    Really enjoying your stories…. poor Katie… lots of poop for that little girl!

  • Karen Greco

    31.05.2018 at 03:18 Reply

    This just keeps getting better. I love it. ♥??

  • Sandy Newman

    31.05.2018 at 03:34 Reply

    Hi Sweet Millie,
    I am so enjoying your stories…I look forward to them every Wednesday night….and Miss Trixie is lying right next to me as I read! Keep em coming! Give Katie bug and the rest of the Mitchell’s our love!

  • Sue Calvert

    31.05.2018 at 18:40 Reply

    Oh Millie! You are the best storyteller. I’m reading this at work since our computers are down and the only thing we CAN access is the internet. My boss just walked past my office and must be wondering why I’m laughing so hard that I’m crying!!
    Thank you for helping me to stay off of Amazon…and that “ADD TO CART” thing! LOL! Love to Mummy & Daddy…

    • Darsey Mitchell

      31.05.2018 at 20:09 Reply

      hahahahhaha… ruh roh, don’t get in trouble! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying our life story. We have soooo many things to tell, the places we have seen and the things we have done. We just want people to know that you CAN have fun and take your doggies with you! kiss kiss

  • Sandy McDonald

    31.05.2018 at 20:30 Reply

    I love hearing your about your babies and you really bring them to life on the page…such a talented lady. I certainly relate to the comforter stories with accidents and sick puppies!! I no longer spend a great amount of money on linens knowing that at any time nature may get the best of my babies, and I can’t sleep unless they are curled up next to me. I always think of you and your family when I see hurricane weather heading your way and pray that you all are safe from the sea. I will always have you all in my heart and in my prayers. Love your stories and I love the boutique.

  • Elaine Cardell

    31.05.2018 at 20:36 Reply

    Oh my goodness! Bless little Katie’s heart. Sorry sweetie, I couldn’t help but laugh…..until I cried! Thank you for sharing this trip, and the experiences, with us.

  • Kay Sheets

    01.06.2018 at 16:52 Reply

    Millie this is the funniest life story you are telling I love it! Poor little Katie is catching on or should I say mummy and daddy will trust Katie so you all can sleep on the bed I hope. I can’t picture them sleeping on the floor very long! Too funny!! Wonderful story I can’t wait for the next one!! Keep them coming.

  • Dolarosa

    02.06.2018 at 00:18 Reply

    OMG! Millie you are a great story teller! I can just picture this and it’s not a pretty sight! Can’t wait for the next chapter!

    • Darsey Mitchell

      02.06.2018 at 02:49 Reply

      Thank you… I am go glad that you are enjoying our story! We have had lots of adventures and lots of stories to tell!!!

  • Sue Francis

    02.06.2018 at 00:41 Reply

    Oh my poor Katie! And the humiliation Millie! How could you take it? Lol
    Love the stories. Keep them coming. ?

    • Darsey Mitchell

      02.06.2018 at 02:48 Reply

      It was DIFFICULT!!! Katie has got to get with the program here!!! OMGOSH!!!

  • Carol morrison

    03.06.2018 at 15:53 Reply

    Great story, I was just thinking of mommy and daddy having to sleep on the floor now that’s back breaking, one thing I bring when staying in a motel with the super high beds! Is a round stool that the legs unscrew off so the dogs can get up and down off the bed, and I put a doggie bed in between our pillows and it’s lights outs nighty nighty , and the stool goes right into the luggage so easily.

    • Darsey Mitchell

      04.06.2018 at 03:22 Reply

      That is a great idea about the stool for them to jump on. We usually take a cushy “animal shaped rug” with us on trips to use on the bed or the floor.. we sell them in our online BOUTIQUE… but in this case, we were too afraid that Katie’s upset tummy would cause damage to the hotel’s property so that was why we decided to sleep on the floor. We try very hard not to ruin anything. This is the only time this has ever happened in all of our trips, thank goodness!!! ???

  • Ina Rohde

    04.06.2018 at 03:14 Reply

    LOVE……LOVE…….LOVE YOUR STORY MILLIE. Slow getting started but once I started reading tonight I had to read all the Chapters I had missed. I cried over Bella and laughed until I had tears over Katie’s embarrassing moments (not to mention the embarrassment to you, Mummy and Daddy). You need to compile this into a book ….. I’m sure it would be a bestseller and THEN you would have to travel more to your book signings to leave your paw print. Thank you Millie AND Mummy for bringing joy to our day. Love you sweet girl!

    • Darsey Mitchell

      04.06.2018 at 03:18 Reply

      Thank you very much ms Ina! We are happy that you love our story so much and hope that you will keep following along with the weekly installments every Wednesday. We have had a pretty exciting life and certainly haven’t been your average “stay at home” doggie family!!! ?❤️??

  • Linda Silvester

    07.06.2018 at 00:50 Reply

    I’m sooo enjoying your travel stories. Poor little Katie, she sure is having her troubles learning the dos and donts of travel. But I know you are being a wonderful big sister and helping to catch on Tons of love to all of you. ❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Dawn Dupuis

    08.06.2018 at 20:16 Reply

    Oh my, Millie that was quite an adventure! I know what you mean about the traffic, I have been to New York a couple of times. Poor Katie lol. You have a smart mummy, Millie…..good thing she and your daddy acted quickly. That smell could linger. Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed the sights.

  • Jill Stroh

    24.06.2018 at 04:38 Reply

    Oh Millie, I’m still laughing myself silly! Darsey, you’re a woman of action, and a nurse, through and through. You know what to do and when to do it!

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