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Monday
Jul092012

Tales of Digby & Casper Chapter 2

Digby, Chapter 2

My favorite guest quote -  Vicky, a frequent visitor had studied him for several moments, she very seriously said “Digby when I look into your eyes I can see all the way to Cincinnati”.   This about sums it up.  Digby is largely primal, he lives to eat and mark his territory and is lost without a buddy to follow.  After Santo died, we knew we had to find another to lead the way.  He would walk outside and look around with no idea what to do or where to go.  

 

One afternoon a guest came to the patio gate to check-in.   As always Santo and Digby were there to greet her and be introduced.  I began by telling her Santo was old and indifferent, Digby was happy to see her but she shouldn’t expect much from him, because he is not very bright.  She seemed offended by my Digby description and asked for more explanation.  I momentarily was lost for another, perhaps more complimentary adjective and decided to give her an example by explaining that there had never been any success in teaching him to use the doggie door.  At the time we had taken in three cats that loved to cause a ruckus, purposely causing a chase which would result in all going through the pet door, including Santo.  Digby would be at the tail end and when all had escaped through the door he would screech to a stop, turn, look at me and seemingly ask, “Where did they all go?”  She handed me her business card -  a dog whisperer.  She said she could train him to use the doggie door within fifteen minutes; it was the easiest of all things to teach a dog.   I had always thought so until Digby came along.  The offer to her was if she was successful her stay at Cinnamon Morning would be comped, it would have been so worth it.  I gave her about a pound of treats to use, Digby Bait.  Thirty minutes later she sheepishly handed me her credit card.  She probably thought her reputation was at risk.  Hopefully she was reassured after a day or two observing Digby that she was not lacking in expertise.  

My sense of Digby is he would prefer to make you happy but he simply does not know what you want.   Then there are the other times.  Does he really care, in the least, what you want?

Friday
Jun292012

Tales of Digby & Casper

Chapter 1:  Cinnamon Morning has two dogs, Digby and Casper.  The first chapter is about Digby.  He was five weeks old, his family was moving and had placed all the puppies but him.  A friend called, knowing we were thinking about a playmate for our Llasa Apso, Santo, and asked if we would take him.  Of course, the answer was yes.

It was Balloon Fiesta, not a good time to think of a name or train a puppy.  We decided to have a Puppy Naming Contest.  All Balloon Fiesta guests could submit one name.  The guests were to put their name and the name for the puppy on a piece of paper and put it in the contest basket.  The plan was to pick the name on Monday, following the last day of BF on Sunday.  (We purposely had not said whether we were going to  randomly pick a name or select the one we liked the best.) 

On Monday morning the remaining guests, a family reunion group, were having breakfast.  The youngest was a beautiful, nine year old girl.  She whispered to her mother she wanted us to pick the name before they left.  Actually this was not in the plan, we would have preferred not having an audience.  We all decided random pick could be very bad, so.....started going through each one.  On my, did we have some hearty laughs at some of the names!  None seemed right for this puppy and there were two remaining in the basket.  The next to the last was Diablo, Spanish for devil.  We had Santo, Spanish for saint, finally a possible name, but there was one left.  Digby, we immediately knew it was his name. 

I have forgotten to say what the prize was, a weekend at Cinnamon Morning.

The lovely, nine year old was the winner.  When presented with the Puppy Naming Contest Gift Certificate she said she would use it for her honeymoon.  Digby will be nine this August, 2012.  Maybe that circle will close? 

Chapter 2 - will give you insights into Digby’s insufficiencies.