My biggest issue this Christmas is which spelling of Louis I should use. I went to the Saving Grace Animal Rescue the other day and met many dogs, but it was the dog they identified as “Denver” who came over and stayed with me. They told me he was like that with everyone, but he has these beautiful topaz eyes and a soulful gaze that make him seem very wise, and I just fell in love. He’s good with kids and dogs and that was important to me. The best part, he’s a thoroughbred mutt! He has wiry hair and a fu manchu mustache like a terrier, but he has hound ears and and a sweet hound face. He looks older than 3 because he has white in his muzzle, but the best estimate of his age is 3. He is slowly getting used to being here at Shoeful of Drool.
I didn’t particularly like the name “Denver” although he bears a slight resemblance to Denver Pyle. People at Saving Grace don’t call the dogs by any name, they just use it for ID purposes, so the new family can name the dog anything they want. He’s so thin, I thought of calling him “Ribsy” after Henry Huggins’ dog in the Beverly Cleary books I loved as a child, but that didn’t seem right either. Denny, Danny? I even considered “Topaz” for about 5 seconds, but that didn’t work, either. Nothing seemed right. I decided to sleep on it.
In an email, I paraphrased the classic line from Casablanca, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” so I started thinking he might be a Louis (pronounced “Louie”) or even a Bogey. I settled on “Louis” because it’s fun name to say, but I’m afraid if I spell it properly, people will think his name is pronounced “Lewis.” So, I’ll probably go with “Louie.”
I’m sure Louie and I will have some great adventures. He has ears just as soft as Zoe’s, I even considered naming him Mr. VelvetEars, and I’ve already called him that several times, along with “Lulu.” He thumps his tail just as Dudley did when I speak to him. How I have missed that sound the past couple of years! I think Dudley and Zoe both would agree I got lucky when Louie picked me at Saving Grace. The fence was finished yesterday, so Louie is doing his part in making the backyard squirrels miserable.
I will be be giving the website a new look in the next few weeks. My main computer is on the fritz, so I’m using my Chromebook and learning way more than I ever wanted to know about Google Plus. I came very close to adopting Joey, the miniature Australian Shepherd, but he bites and I don’t want a dog who bites. He has a fantastic foster mom who will continue to care for him until he can find a home. So, Louie and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
“God Bless us, everyone.” ~ Tiny Tim (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol)