Okay, okay, let me make myself perfectly clear- I DO like dogs.
Not the ferocious I wanttoeatyouforbreakfast kind of dogs, but rather the panting, wide eyed, cannot wait for you to get home and slob your face..What can I Do For You Master?...kind.
In fact, I have been the proud owner of several pooches in my 60 plus years, as well as the adopted owner of two such canines- Lucky and Lil man.
Some of you may remember my Award winning…seriously folks….Blog about daughter Js beloved Lucky who came to visit and never left).
It was the Most Read of all my blogs in 2013! And was selected for publication in an online magazine.
Certainly, a testament to America’s love affair with fido (and just possibly my writing skills).
This girl never gets tired of tooting her own horn, does she?
So, why I am proposing that Rover is now the New Black?
It all started when I was on an impromptu trip to MYrtle Beach during the frozen tundra winter of 2015.
Searching for some sunshine and warmth, I boarded a Greyhound to MB in mid- January for what I hoped was a respite from the El Nino induced winter weather plaguing the East coast.
MB, apparently, is the place where hundreds of Canadian “snowbirds” flock to each year from January to March..an alternative to Florida shores..in search of the Sun.
I thought this woman was Black. What she doing in Myrtle Beach with some Canadians..Hmph!
It was on one of my early morning strolls down the sparsely populated MB beach ( the temperature was a balmy 60 degrees) that I encountered not one, but several men of a certain age taking a similar outing.
Each was accompanied by a little puffball at his heels, or in his arms, or in one instance strapped to his chest in a dog carrier.
Each of these older gentlemen seemed in some state of otherworld bliss as they walked fido stopping to offer encouragement, bag poop, or feed a perfect sized expensive, Organic treat to their small companion.
After day 3 of observing this ritual on the beach, in the Mall, down deserted side streets, it occurred to me that something was missing.
Where was the gentleman’s spouse, girlfriend, betterhalf, or even sidepiece?
Being the inquisitive, never miss an opportunity to talk- to- a -stranger-kind of person, I posed this query to one of these happy go lucky dog walkers.
The answer? Wait for it…Wait for it. There was none! She (or he) had been replaced by FIDO!
I told you something was wrong with this girl..how can a dog replace a girlfriend…she done had too much Sun down there in MB!
To shore up my observations, I began to pay closer attention to men (and women) in my age group who were partner-less, but ..aha..had a relationship with a canine.
I will proffer the ‘One Who Remains Unnamed’ as my final piece of evidence. (Many of you remember him from my Vegas Adventure which was the catalyst for my first Blog).
His ongoing relationship for the past 16 years with a black Pomeranian exemplifies the point I am trying to make.
Not only has this 6 pound ball of black fur become the source of his constant attention, recipient of specially prepared meals…(Rachel Ray dry dog food topped with Kroger baked chicken chopped precisely, a little wet Ceasar dog food, a vitamin…one minute in the microwave..All lovingly stirred together.)
He is also the recipient of expensive treats..when did dogs start eating duck jerky?
A place at the foot or side of his Master’s bed, special planned outings in the car and other niceties generally reserved for women.
Meanwhile, All I received were constant admonitions by said dog owner:
Hon, I got to go home and see my dog… he’s been in the crate too long…that movie/dinner/flat tire..whatever.. Will have to wait!
Reader, do you get my point?
And no, I am not jealous of a dog. I just believe all God’s creatures have a place in this world. That Humans were made for each other’s companionship, misery or whatever.
So have we taken this dog thing too far? Is having a relationship with another human too taxing, too much work, a relic of the past?
I believe a dog Can be man’s best friend..but best Girlfriend?
Oh well, time to go watch The Dog Whisperer.
Until the next time.