Army 101 / Coping mechanisms / Deployment

Puppy pick-me-up

It has been a very long week. And while eggnog and vodka have been moderately successful coping mechanisms, I figured I’d try a less fattening and more sober approach: puppy therapy.

There were a lot of things about Jonathan’s first deployment that caught me off guard. That is to say that pretty much everything caught me off guard, because most of my working knowledge of the military came from the movie “Stripes.” It turns out there’s a lot less mud wrestling in the real-life army than there is in the Bill Murray/John Candy army. See? I’m learning.

One of my more pleasant caught-off-guard deployment moments was learning that Afghanistan is filled with friendly, camo-loving puppies.

Two of the puppies Jonathan met on his first deployment. He says the one on the right was named "Princess" until they found out that Princess was more of a...Prince.(As in the puppy was a boy puppy. Not an eccentric 80s pop star who changed his name to a symbol. Although that also would have been cool.)

Two of the puppies Jonathan met on his first deployment. He says they called the one on the right “Princess” until they found out that Princess was more of a…Prince.
(As in the puppy was a boy puppy. Not as in the puppy was an eccentric 80s pop star who changed his name to a symbol. Although that also would have caught me off guard.)

Then, to balance it, there was the time when I found out Jonathan could not, in fact, Skype with me without his big-ass gun hanging around his neck for my viewing pleasure, because they are required to carry their guns with them everywhere. I guess that shouldn’t have been too surprising. Because of, you know, the war. And also because they had guns a lot of the time in “Stripes,” I think.

I’m learning.

Silver lining: this picture.

Disclaimer: no puppies were harmed in the making of this photo.Disclaimer: Jonathan is going to kill me for this. But not with that gun. He's definitely smart enough to make it look like an accident.

Disclaimer: no puppies were harmed in the making of this photo.
Disclaimer: Jonathan is going to kill me for this. But not with that gun. He’s definitely smart enough to make it look like an accident.

Jonathan didn’t (and doesn’t) give me detailed descriptions of the work he does while deployed. Which took (and is still taking) some getting used to for me; I could spend an hour describing the intricate pattern in which I organized the yellow highlighters in our supply drawer at work, while he can give me a rundown of his entire week in one sentence. Sometimes less. A fragment usually covers it. And while our communication sometimes suffers for it, we’ve worked our way into a mutual understanding of it, at least. An understanding that sometimes includes more puppy pictures.

Jonathan's hand and a military working dog he's deployed with. I hope the dogs also get hazardous duty pay while deployed.

Jonathan’s hand and a military working dog he’s currently deployed with. I hope the dogs also get hazardous duty pay while deployed. And BEING ADORABLE duty pay. That was probably a thing in “Stripes.”

And here’s one more from his first deployment. Because apparently I have a death wish.

Comanche

Happy Friday.

0 thoughts on “Puppy pick-me-up

  1. Oh.

    Em.

    Gee.

    I’m pretty sure *I’m* in love with Jonathan now. Don’t tell Sean.

    But forreals, I don’t know how I’d be able to handle all the stray adorableness over there. When we lived in Taiwan, there were stray dogs EVERYWHERE, but I never saw any puppies. If I had, I can pretty much guarantee that Harry and Daxter would have a MUCH bigger canine brotherhood.

    • He actually looked into bringing one of the puppies home with him, but it ended up being a much too expensive (and customs-intensive) process. Although I think he may have been more dedicated to trying if he didn’t have, you know, that war thing going on. But, yes. I cannot say I was UNattracted to him after seeing these puppy photos.

  2. Also, I do a lot of baked-good mailings as well, (in fact, I just completed an epic sugar cookie bake-o-rama), and I always freeze them when I’m done. I package and send them frozen. They obviously thaw before they arrive, but they do stay fresh a little longer. Maybe that will help with your stress, cause I feel you on that one 🙂 And a question: Do you wrap everything individually to maintain freshness when you send your packages, or wrap them tightly together?

    • Whoa. Katie. GENIUS. I am definitely doing that next time.

      I do wrap individually in foil, then will group a few together and stick them in a ziploc. Then I’ll wrap the ziploc in foil, put the foil bundle in ANOTHER ziploc, then into gladware. I’m nothing if not neurotically thorough. I skipped the second foiling (and just double ziploc-ed once they were individually wrapped) when I made cookies that had Jell-O instant pudding mix in the batter, and they still kept.

      P.S. share your sugar cookie recipe??

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