Piper pretends to be a dog. A lot. She always pretends to be a dog she knows – it could be Gracie (Nana and Papa’s dog), Colby (Auntie Ann’s dog), Rosalee (Miss Sally’s dog), or most recently Wooky (Katy and Harrison’s dog). It’s easy to tell when Piper is pretending to be a dog. She drops to all fours, pants, sticks out her tongue, and barks in response to all questions.
She is very good about staying in her role and almost never speaks in little girl when she is being a dog. I was brushing her hair the other day while she was being Gracie and she whimpered in an appropriate dog sound. Tonight she jumped up on the couch and licked my face. A big, long swipe of her tongue that went from my chin up to the corner of my eye. It was a little weird.
The good thing about it is that if you play pretend with her, and call her by the appropriate doggie name, then she will immediately do whatever you tell her. Sometimes that’s easier! We have only two times when dogs are not allowed – dogs are not allowed to walk down the stairs and dogs are not allowed at the dinner table.
Penelope also tries to be a dog. She’s not quite as good as Piper, but she’s getting there.
Every time Piper turns into a dog, Gary looks at me and asks, “Is that normal?” Ha! I hope it is!