Friday, April 24, 2009

Opening Day

I am currently sitting here next to Cody, waiting for the time for me to take Cody to the stage again. It is opening day. Nothing has gone quite as well as I'd hoped.

There are three things Cody has to do. He has to heel with Annie, he has to stay for a short period, and he has to come to her (and Hans and me) when called. Actually, he stays with Annie really well. Watching him bond with her has been heartwarming. Everything else feels more like heartburn.

I have to admit, this isn't all Cody's fault. A lot of it, actually, is do to the fact that we threw so many new things at him so fast. He was just starting to get how things went when, all of a sudden, we threw in costumes, scenery, lights, and orchestra. Not only does this throw him off, but it also throws the actors off, and this equals difficulty.

As depressing as that sounds, it's really not. I've come to accept at this point that, if he doesn't do things perfectly it's ok. There's not a lot I can do about it other than to keep running it before the show. And really, everyone (actors, crew, and audience) all think he's soooo cute. I'm really proud of him. There are plenty of dogs who would just shake or run away. He just wants to be near Annie, and I can't blame him. She's adorable. If we're lucky, he'll eventually get it. Until then, I can only sit back and laugh (and occassionally shout a "screw you" to anyone who has a problem with him).


  1. Good luck with opening day. I wish we could be there to see it! And know that the audience will think he's cute regardless and if something doesn't go right they will just enjoy the "comedy" of it and not be critical. Good job! Let us know how it goes. We'll be rooting for our favorite canine nephew!

  2. Cody did a WONDERFUL job! It was so neat seeing him onstage and I was so thrilled that Han's grandmother, aunt, and parents came into town. It was great seeing them as well!