Saturday, May 21, 2011
I have avoided the "newcomer" to our street for almost a month now. I figured he would leave, be a pest, get run over, since he chases any motorscooter that goes by, or all of the above. That has not turned out to be the case.
I first spotted "Solo Vivo", named by the family next door, sliding under the gate to the primary school. I thought maybe they were keeping him on the school grounds to guard the place. He was sliding under the gate AWAY from the school. As far as I know he never slid back the other way.
At first he just slept or laid next to one of the three houses down here near the corner. Then I noticed that my Mexican next door neighbors were putting out water and food for the dog. Hmmmm, I thought. the children from both houses have gone out on the street to play with him. He is a VERY well behaved dog.
He was skin and bones at first. Now as you can see he is filling out. The other day the kids were bathing him with a hose. He LOVED it and jumped around chomping at the water. He was so happy.
He loves to chase the motor scooter drivers who go by. I fear for that. But he is smart. At night I hear him bark once in a while. I think, "My car has never been safer on the street".
When I come home in the car and he's a couple houses down, he trots over - never jumps up - just stands and watches me and then goes over and sits down. I swear he is one of the smartest, most well behaved dogs I've ever seen.
I swore when my dog Flash died that that was that and after sixteen years with Flash, I was not going through that pain again of losing a dog. No, I haven't fed him. No, I haven't petted him. No, I haven't invited him in. But, somehow taking his photo and NOW talking TO him is the beginning of a slippery slope for me, I'm afraid.
WHAT will "Velcro the Cat" think?