Check-In: Dog Sitting Host Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton discuss the ups and downs of short-term dog ownership, known to many as "dog sitting."

Check-In: Dog Sitting

Check-In: Dog Sitting

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Host Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton discuss the ups and downs of short-term dog ownership, known to many as "dog sitting."

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: From NPR and WNYC, coming to you from beautiful Brooklyn, N.Y., it's NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and trivia, ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.


Hello, Jonathan.

COULTON: Hi, Ophira. How's it going? What's new?

EISENBERG: We're dog-sitting.

COULTON: Oh, that's exciting.

EISENBERG: Yeah. So basically, one of our neighbors reached out being like, hey - because they have a puppy named Noisette (ph). Come on.

COULTON: Aw, very cute.

EISENBERG: So they said, would anybody in the building take care of our dog for a few days?


EISENBERG: And it was forwarded to me from my husband even though I also received the email. Does that happen to you?

COULTON: (Laughter) Yeah. Sure.

EISENBERG: You both get the email. But still, you forward it to each other so it's...

COULTON: It's a way of highlighting. It's a way of highlighting the email. Yeah.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) And, yeah, so - you know, with exclamation mark and, like, can we? Can we? - because somehow, I'm the grand decision-maker in this household.


EISENBERG: So then I don't only have Lucas asking me, but my husband also is like, can we have a - (laughter).

COULTON: I promise I'll take care of him.

EISENBERG: Exactly. And the first thing I said back was, will you walk the dog? I don't want a dog in here.


EISENBERG: So Noisette has become part of our life for this week. And Noisette is a puppy.


EISENBERG: Noisette is barely a year old and has puppy energy.


EISENBERG: And, you know, I will say that it is very cute to watch that thing where you have a little 5-year-old boy, which I have, and then a - basically a puppy. And the 5-year-old boy throws a tennis ball. And the dog cannot believe this is happening....

COULTON: Yeah. Yeah.

EISENBERG: ...And gets to run and get it and bring it back. And they just do that.

COULTON: I mean, it's a very sweet relationship. It's like - it was - we were built to do this. Puppies were built to do that. And little children were built to do that. It's great.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah. So we are temporary dog parents. And it's very nice.

COULTON: Yeah. That's fantastic.

EISENBERG: I got to say, it's very fun. I like it. Uh oh, slippery slide, right?

COULTON: Yeah. I know. Before you know it, you'll be a real dog owner.

EISENBERG: Maybe. Maybe. But you know what? We have some people to take care of, Jonathan, you and I.


EISENBERG: We have a show to take care of. We promised our listeners we're going to take care of them, to, you know, deliver some games (laughter).

COULTON: That's right. We have responsibilities to deliver walkies and treats...

EISENBERG: That's right. Right.

COULTON: ...To our many listeners with puppy energy.

EISENBERG: They're like, is it now? Is it now? Is it now?

COULTON: Now? Now?


COULTON: Yes, it is.

EISENBERG: Yes, listeners. It is now.


EISENBERG: On today's show - he plays a menacing fried chicken restaurant owner on "Better Call Saul" and a menacing Baby Yoda hunter on "The Mandalorian." We have Giancarlo Esposito. Plus, rapper Donwill and comedian Bethany Van Delft will play a game called Is It Broccoli? And first, we'll play games with two people we can thank for the Jean Smart Renaissance. So let's do it.


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