Friday, November 1, 2013

Above all things, reverence yourself.




The drawing room. A quiet, civilized place to unwind and chat while dinner cooks. Strictly a dog free zone.

Angus stands up and goes to the kitchen for a bottle of wine  leaving 'the font' reading. He returns to find Bob sitting bolt upright on his recently vacated and still warm chair. There's a look of unbridled contentment on the PON boys face.  'The font' , head down in a book,  is carrying on a conversation with this shaggy figure about our plans for Christmas. From the other side of the room Bob is listening attentively.

This little vignette is worrying on so many levels. Which is worse ? The badly behaved PON ? Or the fact that after three and a half decades 'the font' can't tell the difference between Angus's conversational skills and those of a shaggy sheepdog ?

Bob is firmly told that chairs are out of bounds. ' The font ' points out that Bob is an excellent listener.



20 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Made my day already.
    Cheers, Gail (who finds Bertie a MUCH better listener than many humans, male or female).

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  2. Laughing loudly here!!!
    Bob being an excellent listener is a good thing.....he's aiming to take over your spot Angus, sitting in your chair and actually listening to the Font...he's seen how you respond to the Font, so he's got it all down to an art .....where was Ms. Sophie during this episode?
    I'm still laughing.

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  3. I'm thinking that Sophie dared him to do that, just as he dared her to get onto the dining table.

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  4. This is going to make me laugh all day! Thanks for the PON story.

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  5. Bob wants to know if he and his sissie are included in the Christmas plans! Thanks for the laugh you made my Friday a Funday!
    Karen & Kelly Rathje
    Iowa USA

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  6. Nice one Bob, now you've got Angus PONdering !

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  7. I'm pretty sure that Bob just inherited a new chair!

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  8. What we find most disturbing is you did not have a camera or cellphone handy to capture said vignette.
    Bonnie and Kenzie...innocent wee Scottie girls, ALWAYS snapped in compromising positions my the momarazzi

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  9. This is too funny--sorry, Angus, but it is!!

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  10. Bob was just keeping the chair warm for you -- how very considerate of him! ;)

    Purple Magpie, Mitzi, and Emmy

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  11. Oh dear. I worry about this on several levels too. First is that my Jakey never met a chair that he didn't immediately want to hop on and those memories are among the sweetest that I have. We once took him to a weekend presentation rehearsal at my husband's company because we didn't want to leave him alone for so many hours. After welcoming everyone individually, he made sure to keep their chairs warm when they got up and, I must say, broke the ice with a bunch of severe consultants who hadn't met before. (The dark suits were for the next day!). Second, I do agree that it is somewhat disconcerting to find the font engaged in conversation with Bob thinking it was Angus. But you did not say whether Bob actually held up his (yours) part of the conversation. Chair sitting is a great pleasure for many dogs; perhaps the Rickety Old Farmhouse administration could reconsider its policy in this regard.

    Joan .

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  12. Doesn't this confirm that Angus is a good listener and doesn't interrupt?

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  13. Didn't Angus say just the other day something about "dogs are not allowed on the furniture"? And a number of readers, including moi, laughed merrily.
    As did Sophie, no doubt, having egged him on.

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  14. Humor helps, some days it's better to laugh than to get mad because in the end it does not matter anyway!

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  15. It's a good day when the cats and dogs allow me on the furniture. I usually resort to pushing and pulling to find my niche. Stand firm on this.

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