For most of you "Rain" isn't news, but in Southern California rain is a screaming headline, a reason for breaking news tickers running at the bottom of the T.V. screen. "Rain" is covered with the same intensity as a natural disaster and for my dogs--George in-particular--it IS a disaster. Maybe it has rained five times in his life so far. He's still a puppy, but still you would have thought I had asked him to cuddle with a cat the way he looked at me when I asked him (very politely) to go outside and do his business in the rain.
First with the attitude.
Then once I got him out there, there was the overly dramatic and reproachful shaking.
After several attempts at running for the door, came the waiting it out. Both of us standing out in the rain to sees whose will was stronger. Who could out stare the other. Who could stand in the rain the longest.
"George is getting upset."
Finally, probably due to my years living in San Francisco, and my umbrella, I won out and he finally gave in.
He then high-tailed-it back to the door.
It was suggested to me on Twitter that someone should come-up with Doggie Depends just to accommodate the skittish California Dogs on raining days. Not a bad idea, someone get on that...