[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] A long time ago, in a land far, far away (okay, fine– it was Brookline and the year was 2009), a little six-month-old tiger brindle sat by the front door alongside assorted other French bulldogs, at the home of a reputable dentist breeder (if you’re looking for a Frenchie– or an inside peek at the world of show dog breeders– please let me know. I’ll give you the full scoop and a good laugh).
Though he came from a (dog) family of champions and showed great promise, Napoleon, as he was then called (and tattooed… yes, really), also showed signs of being a gigantic blob of wrinkles and would likely exceed the AKC weight maximum. We like to think we rescued Clark from a life of body consciousness, but that’s probably overstating the situation. Whatevs. Nick and I fell in love with him, went to Petco and bought all kinds of dog stuff, returned to the breeder an hour later, loaded him in the car and headed home.
I had never had a non-hamster pet and frankly, I had no clue what I was doing with a dog. Would he try and press buttons on the car stereo? Would he fall out the window, or somehow get stuck in the trunk? Would he, you know, pee or something? Much to my shock and awe, he slept the whole way to Southie in Nick’s lap, snoring like an old man. That was exactly one year ago today. Oh, how life has changed! The snoring, not so much.
I’m still not exactly a dog whisperer, but if I had to guess, I’d say Clark loves his new name, he loves his new neighborhood, and he loves really just about everyone and everything. Especially if he/she/it is peanut butter flavored.
Will you humor me if I share a few photos of the little guy? You know, in addition to the 90,000 that are already out and about on On Tap for Today?
It’s been an incredible year, and we’re lucky to have our little monster to share it with. Woof.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Check out this awesome Frenchie
- Dentist appointment… gaaaaaaaaaaah
- The Boston Marathon filled in one day… whoa.
What was your first pet? And no, this is not a trick question to steal your Gmail password.