Day 6 of 13 Days of Halloween (2017)

“Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,

Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.” 

From the Sorting Hat’s Song, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, pg. 118.

Finding real friends, putting that cunning personality to work, and achieving their ends no matter what? You know, that sounds like a certain Pit Bull I live with . . .

After a recent trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, Theresa and I came to the unanimous decision that Rosee is a Slytherin. She’s a true friend to those she deems worthy enough, she takes what she wants no questions asked (or commands heeded sometimes), and she is quite clever when she’s not snoring away on the couch.

But that’s not all there is: girl looks good in green too!

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As a Slytherin Rosee is quite clearly an ambitious and strong leader, one that is always determined to get her way. She makes sure to always get her favorite spot on the couch, even going so far as to bark at us humans incessantly until we get up and move. If barking doesn’t work, or at the very least doesn’t work immediately, she has no shame in using those terribly endearing puppy eyes on the human sitting in her spot. Those eyes will make you give up almost anything to her!

This girl is also determined to always be in front of the pack. Whenever we are out on a walk she wants to be the one in front, faithfully leading Simon down the street and to the park. She makes sure to alert her humans to any problems coming up ahead and always keep her nose to the ground in search for interesting scents worthy of following up on. Rosee certainly makes it her mission in life to convince everyone that she is in fact the older sibling, and not the younger sister.

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She’s ready to go.

Aside from her more outward personality traits, she’s got this sneaky streak that usually means chewed up shoes for the rest of us. It doesn’t matter if you leave out slippers, sandals, flip-flops, sneakers, boots—you name it, she wants to chew it. And she’s so clever about it too! She bides her time, waiting until your back is turned and your shoes have been left unattended, even just for a moment, and then she attacks! She performs this slow methodical walk past you, acting completely normal until she can get her mouth on your shoe and then she’s gone. And if you don’t get the shoe back in the next few minutes, well then you can just kiss it goodbye because all she needs is three minutes to shake your poor shoe apart. Shoes are her favorite vice, with clean, freshly laundered socks being a close second. The girl obviously knows how to be clever and resourceful, lulling you and your shoes into a false sense of security.

Of course, Rosee’s love of shoes, socks, barking for her spot on the couch, and using her puppy eyes all lead to a Slytherin’s most useful character trait, “a certain disregard for the rules,” as one Albus Dumbledore described. That’s right, Rosee is not one for rules. She knows how to go and “park it” on her bed, and even to “stay,” but on the days where something more interesting is going on outside the window or her bone is laying just a tad out of reach, “park it” and “stay” become less commands and more like ignorable suggestions. I’m sure this attitude is more of her humans’ lack of following through on both commands when she was younger (and something we aptly work toward correcting now), but she’s also just a hard-headed little girl and when she’s in the house and doesn’t want to do something, she just doesn’t do it.

She’s just a girl ready to do things her own way.

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Rosee’s version of parking it.

What can I say, my little Slytherin is just too cute to confine to rules sometimes! (But don’t let that Pit Bull smile blind you; she is always a good and attentive girl when out in the world on her walks!)

I hope this update on Rosee’s Hogwarts school house provided you with a Halloween treat! Tune in next time to find out what house Simon has found himself sorted into. Any guesses?

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