October 1992

friendshipisoverWe didn’t intend to get a dog, yet we now have a dog. Our neighbor found a stray and convinced us to take it in. We left a notice at the animal shelter, but so far, nobody has claimed him. We figured that it would be good practice for us to prepare for a child in our lives. We named the dog Lenny, after the title character in one of our favorite movies, Zelig. It’s a Woody Allen movie, where Leonard Zelig had a personality disorder that made him assume the same characteristics as people he was around, so they called him the chameleon.

We got Lenny a doghouse, and he stays outside. I’d let him in, and clean up after him, but Lou is adamant that dogs are meant to be, and are happiest when kept outdoors. When he was a kid, the family had a dog they named Lucky, and he was just fine outside. I guess he was out there enough to figure out how to escape from his chain, and he never was found again. Hopefully he was Lucky enough to find a new home. Lenny is part Husky, and part who knows what. He’s starting to learn tricks, and good behavior, and loves to go to the park with us to run around and fetch. Fortunately, he isn’t much of a barker. I just need to figure out how to get him to stop digging holes in the backyard. Lou ended up having to make a concrete pad to put his doghouse and a stake to attach a line. Lou takes such good care of the yard and the gardens, and the dog simply doesn’t understand that the digging is wrong. I think the digging is because he’s lonely and needs companionship of another dog or people. If we could bring him inside to hang out with us when we are there, I bet he would do fine when he was outside. That’s not going to happen, though.

Some friends of ours ended up getting a couple of unplanned dogs as well. Well, they are former friends, at this point. Lou had gotten into a dispute with them after his obsession with the wife became known to the husband, who complained and asked him to stop. They had several arguments, ending with them telling him to stop any further contact, and informing him they had installed a security system and now had guard dogs at their home. I honestly don’t know all the details, and it is probably better that way.

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