And if ever anyone considered dog-ownership a conceit of some sort, the value of our pair during
Hurricane Superstorn Sandy should put paid to that cock-eyed notion.
Without the pups... 60 or so pounds apiece... to pull into our bed during the dozen evenings we were without heat and power, Jeanne and I are maybe not seen again 'til after the Spring thaw... and only then after we are laid out in one of Gordon Werner's parlors.
More than companionship during that first bleak fortnight of November 2012, they provided a substantial amount of heat which at my age1, I deem critical to my well-being and comfort.
In preparation for our brief excursion to warm and sunny Florida. after dropping our pair off at East End Boarding Kennels, the house to which I returned seemed cold and empty without their presence, which phenomenon Jeanne also remarked on when she got home that evening.
Following a visit with my cousin Steve where currently the only fauna are myriad miscellaneous salamanders and that $^%#*& mocking bird, we relocated several hours SouthWest to Jeanne's sister's modest crib on Marco Island that she and her husband Jimmy share with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, "Hunter" and "Harley."
Now I am ordinarily not disposed toward "little" dogs2 and anything with "Toy" or "Minature" in the breed name has no shot with me!
My experience is that such dogs are high-strung, aloof, "yappy" and good only for biting ankles and, if they are long-haired enough, moving dust balls from one place to another.
"Hunter" and "Harley," however, are in the process of causing me to rethink my bias against those classes of canines in the flyweight and lightweight divisions because these two are terrific and then some even though they go perhaps 40 pounds between them.
No sooner had I situated myself on the living room couch, then they leaped up beside me and proceeded to lave my face3 and ears with studious and enthusiastic attention.
They won me over in a thrice, and I can hereinafter state with only minor qualification, "Dogs is good!"
Footnote 2 captures my feelings on the subject concisely.