Friday, May 18, 2007
Charlie Hits Double Digits!
As usual, I come late to the party... but yesterday, Charlie (WayToMe Midsummer Knight, HIC), the dog of a thousand nicknames, celebrated his 10th birthday with the ritual slice of meatloaf and the singing of "Happy Beardie to You." He also received an astonishing number of birthday emails and virtual presents from his buds (and some brand-new friends) on Dogster.
Wow, it seems like only yesterday since the little hunk of fudge came home with me. As his first act, he clamped his jaws on Doogie's ear, and didn't let go until he was almost 3 years old. Doogie learned to walk with a 20-pound weight (then 30-, then 40-, then 50-...) hanging from one side of his head, or one leg, or his tail.
Charlie has always been a bon vivant, well aware of his good looks and charisma and determined to coast by on them as much as possible. I should have registered him as Good Time Charlie. He decided early on that dog sports weren't for him (unless a swamp or mud puddle was involved), and he chose hiking as his favorite activity.
He was genuinely put out when the City of Boston gave the contract for the Big Dig to some other contractor, since he would have happily dug the whole thing himself for half a turkey sandwich and some Meaty Bones. Moreover, he would have fnished the work on time and under budget!
Since we're a musical family, all of our dogs have theme songs, and they recognize them when we sing them. What's Charlie's? you might ask. "Charles in Charge" -- what else?
Happy Big Ten, big guy!