DENVER - April 8, 2014
Marianne walked in from the mailbox on Saturday holding a large brown envelope distastefully between her thumb and forefinger. She dropped the envelope on the counter and glared at it.
“Is that a bill? I know you hate bills.” I asked carefully.
Marianne shook her head. “Worse. I don’t want to talk about it.”
John was watching all this with amusement. “Is that what I think it is?”
“Yes,” Marianne snapped and left the room.
“Boy, she’s grouchy today,” I said. “What’s the deal?”
“It’s your turn in packet; the paperwork Canine Companions needs before we take you to Advanced Training next month,” John said. “It always makes Marianne a little sad to realize that she really does have to hand over the leash.”
“Ah, I get it.” I paused. “What about you? You don’t seem terribly sad to see me go. Don’t you love me?”
“Of course I do, but it’s still five weeks away. I’ll be sad the day we turn you in, but I’m a realist; this is what we signed on for. Besides, I think you’re ready to learn new things.”
I nodded. “I haven’t wanted to say anything, but honestly, things around here are pretty dull lately. Home, work, library, grocery, restaurant, work, home. Boring, boring, boring.”
“Hey now,” John protested, “We also took you to the theater twice last weekend and you got to ride the light rail downtown.”
“True, and I like meeting new people and being an ambassador dog, but we’ve done those things before. I’m ready for NEW experiences. When do we leave for Oceanside? Maybe I could go sooner?”
John groaned. “We leave May 15 and not a day sooner. You want to see a really grouchy redheaded moment? Tell Marianne you want to leave early. Go ahead, I dare you.”
“Oh no, no no no no, I hadn’t considered Marianne’s feelings on the matter. You’re right, I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see that at all.” I shuddered. Marianne’s redheaded moments don’t happen often but they are not pretty. Legendary, but not pretty. “I guess May 15 is plenty soon enough.”
“Good boy,” John said, scratching my ears. “And we’ll try to find some new experiences for you in the next few weeks so you’re not so bored.”
I eyed him. “I think you’re being a little sarcastic, but I really would appreciate the effort.” Honestly, puppy raisers can be so lazy.
John sighed. “We will, I promise. Now, go find Marianne and see if you can cheer her up.”
Chow for now!
JEB (for five more weeks!)
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