Me: (Picking up the blankets piled in the hallway)
Bear: Mom!!!! Those are mine!!! (launches at the blankets)
Me: I know they are but they need to be washed
Bear: No! Mine!! (grabs one of the blankets and starts pulling)
Me: Bear! You are out of clean blankets (starts walking down hallway pulling 3 blankets, a sheet and a stubborn puppy)
Bear: Help!!! Mom is stealing my blankets!
Tramp: (sits on one of the blankets I am dragging) What’s up?
Me: (Starting to add up the puppy weight I am dragging)
Tramp: You know she gives it back, right?
Bear: No! I want my blankets (lets go of the corner he was pulling on and jumps up to grab the sheet just below where I am holding it)
Me: (Wrapping the blankets around my hands for more leverage)
Tramp: (Still sitting on the blanket as it’s moving)
Me: Bear, let go! I am going to wash the blankets, with or without you attached
By this time we have gotten to the carpet and have two corners to turn to get to the washer
Bear: (Lets go enough to slide down and get a better grip and starts pulling backwards now that he has traction on the carpet)
Me: (Considers wrapping both dogs in the blankets and throwing the whole bundle in the backyard)
Me: (Finally navigated the corners and gets to the kitchen where the blankets slide again)
Bear: I want my blankets! (still pulling backwards)
Tramp: Time to go!(heads to the living room)
Me: (pulling the blankets up and feeding them into the washer inch by inch)
Bear: (hanging on until his feet aren’t touching the floor then lets go) Fine, I’ll go get Betsy’s chew toy.
On the upside – the blankets are clean