The Man Next Door Is Teaching His Dog to Drive

It’s been a crazy time.  I flew from Tuscon into Maui to finish up another show at the Grand Wailea Resort.  Got home on Saturday, Kris left on Sunday, leave for Kona tomorrow.  There is so much work that I’ve not been able to post anything.  Coming soon are photos I took in Tuscon where I had a fabulous time.

I loved this poem from the Writer’s Almanac.  It’s so great to have dogs in our life.  They fill so many roles.

"The Man Next Door Is Teaching His Dog to Drive" by Cathryn Essinger from My Dog Does Not Read Plato from the Writer’s Almanac

The Man Next Door Is Teaching His Dog to Drive

It all began when he came out one morning
and found the dog waiting for him behind the wheel.
He thought she looked pretty good sitting there,

so he started taking her into town with him
just so she could get a feel for the road.
They have made a few turns through the field,

him sitting beside her, his foot on the accelerator,
her muzzle on the wheel. Now they are practicing
going up and down the lane with him whispering

encouragement in her silky ear. She is a handsome
dog with long ears and a speckled muzzle and he
is a good teacher. Now my wife, Millie, he says,

she was always too timid on the road, but don’t you
be afraid to let people know that you are there.
The dog seems to be thinking about this seriously.

Braking, however, is still a problem, but he is building
a mouthpiece which he hopes to attach to the steering
column, and when he upgrades to one of those new

Sports Utility Vehicles with the remote ignition device,
he will have solved the key and the lock problem.
Although he has not yet let her drive into town,

he thinks she will be ready sometime next month,
and when his eyes get bad and her hip dysplasia
gets worse, he thinks this will come in real handy.


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