"Well, Tucker," Mom said, "You would have loved it. Tons of hounds, all very well behaved, plus puppies!"
So off went Pete, my sister and Mom while I had Dad all to myself on our morning walk. It was my special birthday present to him.
Mom's favorite was Dollop, because he was goofy and endearingly puppy-like, just like me. The hounds knew exactly what to expect from their master and knew their routine. They're trained early on with the help of the older dogs, literally attached as they are paired up. I'll bet Dollop wasn't an easy baby.
The dogs became pretty voluble when we neared a spaniel and when they caught the scent of a German Shepherd, but other than that they were remarkably quiet. Just like me. Hey, maybe I could learn to work for a living. I do admire that pluck in a pup. For now, I think, I'll just take another nap. Being a pet does have its advantages—which cushion should I pick?
A big thanks to John, Pete and Kate for helping my family learn more about me.
So what did I get Dad for his birthday? Dog walking gear, of course!