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Shop Dog: Truman

Sweepy After our 14-year veteran shop dog Angus ambled off to join his predecessor Walter in doggie heaven, a lively discussion began between Tom and Miss Ginny about whether or not to raise another puppy. On the positive side, Tom had grown to rely on the calming influence of a dog curled up at his feet as a natural stress reliever during the usually-hectic workday. Both Tom and Ginny appreciated the health benefits derived from brisk walks to the off-leash beach for regular rounds of tennis ball fetch. Over the years, hundreds of friends, neighbors and casual passers-by had expressed appreciation for Walter and Angus. Customers were delighted to be greeted at the door with canine enthusiasm. Neighboring shopkeepers looked forward to the daily Cookie Quests.

Also under consideration were the negatives, such as the ongoing deposits of dog hair and paw tracks at home, the store, and both vehicles. And the hassle involved with finding a dog-sitter whenever travel was on the horizon. And potty training.

Weeks went by, and when the time came for Miss Ginny's annual trip to visit the grandkids in Illinois, no doggy decision had been made. As Tom dropped Ginny off at the airport, she said; "Now, don't go thinking you'll surprise me with a puppy when I get back. We're still discussing this."

Being a big fan of domestic tranquility, Tom would ordinarily have acceeded to this very reasonable request. But plans had been made. He stopped at the breeder's to pick up little Truman on the way home from the airport.Needless to say, when Miss Ginny and Truman finally met, a love affair of the first order began. Weeks later, Tom is still waiting for permission to bring the new shop dog to the shop.

Shop Dog Truman
Truman cuddles down with Funky
Monkey, his favorite squeaky toy.
Things We Can Learn From Truman Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. When loved ones come home, always greet them with enthusiasm. Take naps and stretch before rising. Run, romp and play daily. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Be loyal. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree. Never pretend to be something you're not. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and right back and make friends. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Accept praise for a job well done.

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