Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Pappy

So, after our visit to Dallas we went directly to pick up Pappy. We made the mistake of taking SuperShuttle down from Baltimore-Washington Airport to our friends' house in Alexandria, Virginia, undergoing a two and a half hour meander through parking lots and back alleys of DC under the lunatic guidance of a possessed GPS.

We arrived before anyone was home. Pappy barked at us through the window in the front door until he worked out who we were, whereupon he commenced weeping, wailing, and pawing his way through the glass. Though misleading, my previous post about the composition of our friends' family was accurate. The pre-college teenage son came up shortly after we arrived. Whenever I see him I like to remind him that, when he was two years-old, I babysat him and wiped his butt. It's important for kids to know their history... where they came from.

He gave us a quick report card on Pappy's performance. Pappy was a good boy and a lot of fun. Pre-college son said he spent, like, an hour wrestling on the floor with Pappy. (Huh? Pappy doesn't wrestle. He shoves balls in your lap.) Pappy was afraid of the bare wooden steps (Okay, I can see this one. He always looks like a bag of broomsticks going down stairs, and slippery steps would probably freak him out.) And he would stand up on the landing and bark. (Huh? Pappy doesn't bark unless Timmy has fallen in the well. Did they check the well?)

All of this left me thinking that this wasn't my dog. But he looks like my dog. Suspicious. I'm going to have to keep an eye on him.

7 comments:

Dachsies Rule said...

Pappy's Fella,

Mom says she has been around pre-college and college teens and their reality is not our reality. She suspects that the pre-college teen's version of Pappy lives in his reality and your Pappy is just fine.
This is why Mom has dogs. :-)

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Turbo the Sibe said...

I've always wondered about that damn Timmy. He is one stupid human!

Pappy's Fella said...

Dachsies,
I dunno, the pre-college teen's version aligns pretty well with what we are getting from the 'rents. And Pappy's been a bit squirrelly the last couple of days. Can dogs be brainwashed?

Turbo,
Timmy's just pining for attention. Did you read that page... it says he was exposed to radiation in one Lassie adventure.

Turbo the Sibe said...

Glow-in-the-dark-Timmy!

My Human always liked Jeff's Collie better.

Gus said...

Similar type of reports from 89 year old gpapaw on Gussie's Christmas. Maybe the alternate reality thing happens to males at both ends of the spectrum? Dad thought the dogs were well behaved and good in the house. We left him with a partially trained JRT! We found a number of dried "Christmas gifts" behind the furniture and in corners. We're just glad they all survived.

Gussie's Muzzer

Pappy's Fella said...

Turbo,
I never formed a lasting preference about celebrity collies. I'm an-dog-nostic.

Gus,
Ah, the pleasures of reacclimatization.

macgoogle said...

Woof! I hate being away from my humans. I feel for you - at least you have them back now where they belong - wrapped around your... erm.. do you have a dew claw? I do... well, wrapped around your paw.

Love and Licks,
Texas (and his humans).