The Chimney Sweep Online Fireplace, Woodstove, Gas Stove and Barbecue Shop
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.
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