“There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.”

Today’s weather is the same as yesterday’s, sunny and cold. The sky is an icy blue. The wind is now a breeze. I can see the dead oak leaves at the ends of branches blowing, but only a little. I’m staying close to home today. My local grocery order will be delivered this afternoon. All’s well though the degree of wellness fluctuates from day to day.

My plants did get watered yesterday, and my bed did not get changed, just as I figured. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Today I have started a new list of items I need at the hardware store. I think this is my first hardware store list. Maybe I should decorate the top of the list with flowers or stars (tongue in cheek here).

When I was a kid, our living room didn’t have a whole lot of knick-knacks. I didn’t notice. I think there were twin sort of shadow boxes on the wall behind the couch. They held ceramic figures. In my kitchen on a shelf is an elf or a leprechaun. I’m not sure though I do lean toward leprechaun. I bought it because my mother had his cousins of sorts on those living room shelves on Washington Ave.

I can hear Henry playing with his toys. When Lee was vacuuming on Thursday, he put the toys in the toy box. Henry will not pull his toys from the box. If I put the toys on the hall floor, he will play with them. This is yet another Henry quirk. Did I mention he won’t go out the dog door at night unless I turn on the outside light first?

When I was a kid, there was no leash law. I don’t think I ever remember seeing someone walk a dog. I remember Duke, our boxer, being let out the front door to go wherever he wanted to go. Duke had a son named Sam who belonged to my aunt who had given us Duke. Sam was a big boxer compared to Duke. Sam was silly and even grinned. I’m not kidding. Sam grinned. Duke used to go to Sam’s house to meet up with his son. They used to roam together. People talked about the two ferocious boxers roaming the streets. We laughed. Duke and Sam were people lovers. I don’t even think those people mentioned Sam grinned.

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2 Comments on ““There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    They said we woukld have lots of sunshine here today but I didn’t see any until it was about to disappeare behind the horizon. It could have shown other times as well because I was never close to a window except on my breaks. Chilly here and now the ground’s freezing and hopefully lots of ticks will die 🙂

    We must have had a leash law for a very long time because no one can remember a time when we didn’t have it. So if anyone see a dog walking by itslef they will most likely call the police to see if there’s a missing dog. Perhaps that’s the reason e’ve almost never have had dog pounds here? I think we have two or three in the entire country.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      They are predicting snow in some places starting tonight. My sky does look like rain or even snow. It is not as cold as I expected. If the breeze were gone, it would feel warm.

      We have two shelters near me, one run by the state, what’s where I got Fern and Maddie, and another by ASPCA. What has been amazing is that during the pandemic animal shelters ran out of dogs and cats for adoption. People realized they needed company, and what better company is a dog or a cat? Dogs from the southwest are often brought here to the Northeast as there are plenty of people happy to adopt.

      It is the same here. Loose dogs probably escaped from a dog walker or a car. Gracie was an accomplished escape artist. Shauna got away every now and then but my other dogs didn’t care. I could even take Maggie on a walk without a leash, and she always stayed with me. Henry pokes his nose out the front door but hasn’t tried to escape. I hope he never does. Henry would be so scared I don’t know if I could catch him.


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