Editors note: For many years we allowed one of our dogs to write a monthly column. First there was “Isham’s Corner” and then “Gizmo’s Gossip”. Jealousies with the other pets convinced us to give everyone a chance on a rotating basis. Thus,
everyone: Elmo here!
I may be only two years old, but I have carefully studied the entire history of Buck Hollow Farm, focusing primarily on four legged residents with particular reference to those who woof rather than meow. I have uncovered some interesting tidbits (to be distinguished from kibble n bits)..
For instance, Isham who loved to swim in the pool, and leapt in whenever he saw the chance, would only turn right. On the other hand (should have said paw) his twin brother Gizmo would refuse to go into the pool no matter how hard you coaxed or bribed him. However, when left alone, no humans in sight, he’d quietly slip down the stairs and swim laps by himself. Thus he was the world’s only CLOSET SWIMMER.
Now, my brother
Grover and I both love going in the pool, though we don’t often get the chance. We do however have one of those plastic kiddie pools on the lawn. Grover loves to jump in, lie down and splash as much as possible, getting as much of his body as wet as he can. I, on the other paw, prefer to simply stand with the water up to my knee and cool off that way.
There is a famous story about Zeus, our Shetland Sheep Dog - Sheltie - who had a long and very thick coat. Summers were hard on him, so misunderstanding the advice he got, dad had him shaved almost to the skin one summer. Hard to believe, but Zeus was actually embarrassed. For a while he needed to have his outside time limited due to possible sunburn. These humans ! What’s a dog to do.
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