365 Challenge: Day 169 – Doghouse (RYDER RANT)

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Doghouse: (1) a place where a dog sleeps, (2) a place you go to when you are in trouble



Feels like Groundhog Day. Every time I wake up lately, this laptop is sitting where my food bowl is supposed to be. And instead of getting to eat, I’m forced to type away for a few hours, coming up with some brilliant little “Post from Ryder.” I just hope you all realize the torture I go through simply so you have a few minutes of reading material. And all I ask in return is for my own space, a doghouse, where I can close the door and ignore the world around me for a few hours each day. But do I have one? No. Why, you ask? That’s a good question. Dad 2 wanted to buy the materials to build one. But Dad 2 doesn’t have those types of skills. Dad 1 might be able to build it, but he said things like “permission from the building,” and “are you gonna help?” Do you see what I live with? I have this lovely Enchanted Terrace outside and it would be amazing to retire for a few hours every afternoon where I can relax and have a cozy little sleep. I’ll keep working on them, but if you have any pull over Dad 1, please assist. I promise to make my posts even better.

So today’s word has a few meanings. I was in the doghouse again last night for something I have little control over. I am a food addict. I can’t NOT eat food when I see it. So I begged and begged for some of their dinner. They had beef cooked in a brown sauce in a giant orange Le Creuset pot in the oven. With carrot and potatoes and onions, and a whole bunch of deliciousness. Something about wishing autumn would arrive sooner. I don’t know. I just wanted the foods. There were 3 big pieces of meat in the pot. I assumed one for each of us. But Dad 1 said no, that the third piece was for lunch the next day. But I pushed and persisted and eventually they filled my bowl with some people foods, even though Dad 1 said it was a bad idea. Then it happened. It always happens. I can’t help it. After I eat the food, I run around whining that it hurts in my belly and I throw it up all over the floor. You remember that infamous rug I mentioned a few weeks ago? Yeah, happened again. It’s not my fault. They gave it to me! But now I’m back in the doghouse ’cause they said no more food for a week. Is there an emoji for a sad dog? That’s me. But today I get to see Grandma and Grandpa. They are coming for a visit. They always sneak me food. And I am never in the doghouse with them.

I am getting worried that I may have to put the dads in the doghouse soon. I heard them talking about a puppy again. I protest. I turn 10 years old on September 3rd and I’ve been an only dog for the last 5 years. I had a sibling my first 5 years, but she isn’t around anymore. (‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has always been my policy. The dads think I am a Republican, but I’ll never tell.) Anyways, don’t you think I deserve to not have to put up with another dog in the house? Seriously… I don’t like them. They make messes. Rambunctious. Take all the food. Shed. Oh… wait… that’s me… now I think I understand why Dad 1 is always yelling about my fur babies rolling across the floor like dust bunnies. Mmm… rabbit. I’m hungry. Oh, off topic again. So no puppies allowed. They don’t get it. If they bring one home, I’m moving out. Does anyone here have a good home they want to share — two rules: (1) food all the time and (2) no other dogs. I might be OK with a cat. Or smaller animals I can eat. No birds either. They are mean.


I decided not to post pictures of me today as I don’t have a doghouse and until I get one, no pictures! But also because something happened with the link from the laptop to the iCloud and the pictures won’t open. Dad says he’ll fix it soon, but he’s so busy these days, who knows when he’ll get around to it. For now, he just hangs around the house all day long. I kinda love it. Both Dad 1 and Dad 2 used to leave around 7:30 am and come home at 7:30 pm. Twelve hours to myself is a lot. I would meet my friends for lunch at the French restaurant downstairs (they serve my kind thankfully). I’d go for walks. I’ve asked for a doggy door so I can get out to the terrace by myself, but that hasn’t happened yet. They don’t want me out there alone. I guess I can understand that. I do chase the birds and jump higher than they’d like. But now Dad 1 is home all the time. I don’t want him to go back to work. I like the company. But don’t tell him that! He’ll get an ego. OK, it’s time to get all cleaned up before Grandma comes. I’ll tell you more about her next week. Love you all! xoxo Woof!

This is what I’d do with my doghouse!


  • Ryder has gotten to know so many bloggers over the last year, he’s decided to recommend one to each of you during his Monday posts. This week, he’d like you to meet Vinnie. Vinnie and I met somehow (don’t recall!) about three months ago, probably over a movie review one of us wrote. He’s big time into films, but that’s only one part of his blog. He’s a really genuine and caring guy, always sharing of himself and interacting with his friends and followers. He’s had some great advice to me over the last few months, but also has been encouraging and promoting bloggers he is friends with too. An all-around guy, he’d be a great addition to your WordPress Reader. And doesn’t he look cool in the pic with sunglasses below? If you don’t believe me, you can see a blurb from the site’s About Me section below:
    • “Who is Vinnieh? That’s a tough question but here’s what is known.  From a very young age cinema has been one of the biggest things in his life. Snapshot_20140612_1He loves the absolute hell out of movies and would probably die if there were none in the world. He’s just the typical young man; smart, interesting, devilishly handsome(OK the last one may be a lie). He is sometimes known as Vinster or Satrap. The aim of my blog is to write about the movies I have seen and hear feedback from the many other’s who populate the blogging world. Feel free to stop by and comment on my posts.”


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


45 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 169 – Doghouse (RYDER RANT)

    Roda said:
    August 28, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Oh you poor baby! Come live on the farm. You can run and play in the grass and stiff trees all day long!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 28, 2017 at 8:05 AM

      I just put him in a box with an air hole. He’s on his way. 🙂

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        Roda said:
        August 28, 2017 at 8:12 AM


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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 28, 2017 at 8:15 AM

        by way of Hawaii for a few weeks tho, he seems to have commandeered control of his ticket and changed it

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        Roda said:
        August 28, 2017 at 8:20 AM

        Smart boy!

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    August 28, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Oh Ryder. I think you should push for the doghouse by co optingsomething of theirs to use as a dog house……like maybe the liquor cabinet.

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    vinnieh said:
    August 28, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Great work. And I really appreciate the nice words you said about me.

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    Noriko said:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Another great post from Ryder! Such a shame you have to be in the doghouse… But no pups? Hmm… You must want to have your dads all to yourself , huh?😀

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    declutteringmylifeweb said:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    One day i would like to be able to communicate with a dog. What can they think about us? :):):):)

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    authorsinspirations said:
    August 28, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Ground hog’s day. I loved that movie. And i love food too. So, where you in the dog’s house because you were bad?

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    cwhiteweb said:
    August 28, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    😂 😂 😂 😂 I’m in stitches!! He wants to be adopted and states he doesn’t mind having smaller pets around, which he may eat! Ryder is my hero!
    BTW, who has the building handicap? You or Wilford? 😀

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    Run Wright said:
    August 28, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Doesn’t sound fair to be punished for something you didn’t intend to do, does it Ryder? Unfortunately, that’s the way of the world – it’s hard to know a person’s motives so we have to react to their actions. You’ll learn.

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    Rae Longest said:
    August 28, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Oh, Ryder, Snoopy has nothing on you!

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    BrizzleLass said:
    August 28, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Oh dear, England for Ryder I think! Hubs was a carpenter so a dog house is no problem! 😂

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    janieleeds said:
    August 28, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Oh Ryder! I love the snippet of Snoopy flying his dog hoouse! That could be you in your dreams dear one! You are always welcome here if you need a break from that puppy (if the Dads do bring one home). Hey, you might like a sibling that you can blame any type of oops on – you know, ‘Dads, the puppy threw up on the rug again!’ LOL Just saying…but then again, having to train a younger sibling to do as he’s/she’s told would be exasperating at your age. Not that I’m saying you are old, mind you. I’m just throwing it out there. I hope you get a doggy door or at least a shiny new home to enjoy some peace and quiet out on the terrace! Maybe you can find one in a catalogue that’s laying around the house and point to it. Dads sometimes need a little nudge you know. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 28, 2017 at 1:16 PM

      You make an incredible amount of sense… hmm… how to make this work for everyone….


        janieleeds said:
        August 28, 2017 at 2:52 PM

        It’s all in how you set your intention Ryder! It will work for all involved if that’s the intention you set! You know the Dads’ intentions will be for all to work perfectly and smoothly with the new potential pup! And imagine how much fun (and work) but fun it will be to have a little brother or sister! The payoff in having a playmate is worth the extra efforts! You can do this! 🙂

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    scr4pl80 said:
    August 28, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Everyone needs their own space. I’m with you, Ryder.

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    roseelaineblog said:
    August 28, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    I love him so much 😍 He likes having company aww…. he has both dads wrapped round his little paw, what a dog……. don’t tell him, we don’t want his ego to swell 😄

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    anne leueen said:
    August 28, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Ok…get Dad 1 and Dad 2 engaged in building a flying dog house like the one Snoopy has. that should keep them busy and then they will forget that you are in the dog house.

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    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    August 29, 2017 at 2:18 AM

    Oh my goodness, that baby needs his own four walls to retreat from time to time 😉. Love it

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 29, 2017 at 8:48 AM

      haha… he runs this whole apartment. I think he has one! LOL

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        RhapsodyBoheme said:
        August 29, 2017 at 1:39 PM

        Haha, I’m sure you have a point there, but from his view he probably wants his own four walls. Ha 😉🐕

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