|Now I weigh close to a hundred pounds! I'm mostly German shepherd,|
but have some Chow & Collie in me. I have black spots on my tongue.
I overheard the vet tell Mark that only two mammals in the world have
black tongues -- Chow dogs and killer whales!
|I hope I never become too large to be a lap-dog!|
|I live on Mayflower Terrace in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod.|
|We've had skunks, opossums, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes out back.|
Once, when one of the human beings carelessly left the back door open, we came
home to find a young skunk eating the cats' food!
|Mark with two of my sisters, Lily & Smudge.|
|My other two sisters, Emma Gray & Violetta, when they first moved in.|
|When I was introduced to Violetta, she had a notion to scratch my nose.|
I quickly withdrew it!
|Meanwhile, Emma Gray wanted nothing to do with me!|
She's hiding under the blanket! Later, though, she became
extremely fond of me.
|In fact Emma's become a pest -- trying to nuzzle me, even putting her paws|
around my neck, acting like we're best friends or something. From my
perspective, definitely NOT!
|The cats are allowed to eat from my dish, but I'm not allowed to eat from their dish.|
I don't understand the double standard.
|There's a cranberry bog just down the road. It's one of my favorite places to be|
walked. In late autumn, though, when they're harvesting, I'm banned from there!
|Mark & me on the path we can take through the woods to get to the cranberry bog.|
|Lily likes to come along on some of our walks. Once a car came and she just sat down|
in the middle of the road! I had to run up to her and bark to tell her that the idea
is to get OUT of the road! She's not terribly bright sometimes, but lovable!
|Also, she's impossibly slow! See Mark's flashlight way up the road, and how far behind|
Lily is! I have to keep looking back to make sure she's okay, and that is quite a
distraction I don't really need.
|If we go too far, Lily asks Mark to carry her. I can go almost any distance with no|
problem. Sometimes, though when we've had a really long outing at the beach, and
I've done lots of running, I can be pretty tired the next day.
|When that happens, I just take a nap.|
|George & me on Mayflower Beach.|
|With Mark on West Dennis Beach.|
|Drying off after a swim on Mayflower Beach.|
|I love to run! Running makes me happy! Of the many pictures|
the guys have taken of me, George says this is his favorite.
|I'm a pretty good jumper!|
|I don't know about George and Mark though.|
|Still later we learned that even George or Mark aren't supposed to be anywhere near seals!|
|With Mark and Mary Brock in Provincetown.|
|On occasion Mark holds me upside down!|
|With George and his nieces Cindy and Diane, and his great-niece Kristen.|
|Kristen was lots of fun. On our walks she liked us to go down the|
darkest roads so she could put the flashlight under her chin to make
herself look like a ghost. And, though I find it hard to believe, I think
her favorite animal in our house was Lily!
|She did a nice drawing of herself, George, Mark, the four cats, and me!|
|With George and Oliver, who lives next door. I used to be Oliver's girlfriend but then he got a|
new Weirmaraner girlfriend and didn't like me anymore! Between you and me, Oliver wasn't
that bright, so it wasn't that great of a loss!
|I love it when it snows. Here I'm running in our backyard. George throws|
snowballs and I chase them.
|Each spring, when George burns the brush, I'm the designated Fire Warden.|
|Taking the spring air.|
|To me, everything has a fascinating scent, even a rock!|
|George will take up with almost any animal, such as with this goat on Conor Pass in Ireland,|
which is eating his cigarettes. I'm pretty sure though that he likes me best of all.
|When I go between George's legs, he massages my haunches.|
|With Chris Cushing from Vermont, who came for a weekend. He's training at a school|
nearby to become a commercial pilot, and was trying to study navigation, but I wouldn't
let him stop petting me.
|The worse thing Mark and George do is make me take a bath. I hate baths! I don't mind|
running into the ocean on the coldest day of winter, but to take a warm bath is the pits.
|Still, all in all, despite the additional chore, life's been good to me.|
|I'm happy to be an American dog!|