Thursday, July 2, 2020

CECIL Jack Blanchard's Column

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Back in the Dark Ages we bought a Basset Hound puppy.
and named him Cecil.
He was the cutest dog we'd ever seen and could have had his own TV show.

He would climb up on a table to look out the window,
knocking over a lamp and a vase.
If one of us would try to get him down from the table he'd bite.
He bit the kids and he bit Misty.
Misty said, "You don't bite the hand that feeds you!"

When we moved from Miami to Key West, Cecil went with us.
He wasn't satisfied with the accommodations
and tried to destroy the trailer one bite at a time,
so when we went to work each night
we tried putting him in the bathroom with food, water, and toys.
Cecil didn't like toys and never played.
He also didn't like the bathroom and systematically took it apart.

First he chewed up the bottom of the door,
but the hole wasn't big enough so he climbed up on the sink
and turned the water on.
He thought the mirror was a window.
He pooped in the sink, walked around in it
and used it to decorate the mirror.

When we got home he looked at us with disdain
and started coughing just to punish us.
The next day we took him to a vet.
He told us the coughing was from howling all night while we were gone.

An employee at the club where we were playing
said that she knew the mayor and that he would take the dog.
She came and got Cecil the next day.
He walked away with her and never looked back.
She later said that the mayor had to let the dog sleep with him
to stop the howling.
So Cecil slept with the mayor and took a social step up.

I think that all the time he lived with us he wondered who we were.

Jack Blanchard

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