So, we’re driving on the Trans Canada somewhere on theKingston’s side of Moncton. Sue has been valiantly fighting to not take any of the pills which were in a bag on the back seat floor. Not far from Buster.
Sue finally had to give in. Her sciatica and hip were not going to let her enjoy the trip. So, she asked me to reach back and get the pills. Buster is not trained for pill fetching.
I was driving at the time, but, what the heck. I reached back, grabbed the bottle by its top and pulled it out of the bag.
I’d almost got to handing them to Sue when the top popped off. The pills shot everywhere. At my feet, Sue’s feet and on the back seat where Buster was lying and fully alert.
Huge existential questions suddenly became very relevant. Where the heck are all the pills? How many are in the back seat? How smart is Buster? Does he have a pill addiction problem that we are unaware of?
Just one of many incidents that occurred during our visit to Kingston.
One of his first evening training seminars involved his being let out to do his business. The training began when we called him back to our trailer and he came in as an obedient dog should.
Buster then ran to the corner, stood on our little white stool and waited for one of us to clue into what to him seemed a very intuitive fact, that he wanted and deserved, by god, a treat.
The treats were on a shelf just above the said treat stool. Of course, nowadays, after a few years of training and intense eye contact, we obediently give him a treat for almost anything. For example, he gets a treat for having fun, getting his feet dried, coming back to the trailer after we let him out, eating his meal or almost all of his meal, getting his chain unwrapped from around a post, which forces us to go outside and unwrap it, and a whole bunch of etceteras and etceteras.
Well, I noticed, a few nights ago, that another one of Buster’s training workshops had been held without my knowledge. The workshop was called Master Buffet.
You see, I was sitting on the couch, probably shaking my fist at CNN, when I noticed that Buster wasn’t doing his usual silent telepathic demands for a treat. He was simply jumping off the couch, whipping off to the kitchen and returning with treats in his mouth.
Of course, I’ve also had my own individual training courses. For example, one evening, Sue was perplexed about why Buster was sitting on the floor and staring at her while we were in bed. I, however, knew what was going on because I’d taken that course. So, there he was, waiting for one of us to take a treat off the lamp stand located at the side of the bed. Because, this was where he’d taught me to place his final bed-time treat stash.
I really don’t know why he can’t just train us all at the same time and save the confusion.
Oh well, as a friend said to me, when we were in Kingston, “I don’t know what I like better, your writing or your photos.”
All I can say is that competition is probably good for the final results.
On this occasion, a friend explained that her children had told her that she seems to have dropped many of her screens and now has a tendency to say things she might not have said when she was younger.
I said,”I don’t think any of my kids have told me this.”
She said, “Why would they? You’ve never had any screens.”
Ha, ha, ha. We learn so much about ourselves when we go to Kingston.
Buster learns that he is the sweetest, cutest, most gorgeously coloured little doggie that one could ever find in the whole wide world. I swear that his head looks a little bit bigger every time we get home.
Thus sayeth Larry.