Dirty dogs inevitably get baths, and it is this point that Leo has the hardest time understanding. He endures bathtime pretty well, but makes it clear he’d rather not have to.
Sometimes Leo will just stand outside and bark. My neighbor has a dog — a big black something or other — and some nights they will hold bark-off’s while I am trying to watch TV. No big deal, except I’m pretty sure Leo has the loudest voice.
I’ve refused to let him sleep in my bed, mainly because it’s brand-new and he’s usually at least a little dirty. He’s learned to sleep on the floor — or, even better, curl up under my nightstand, so that only his nub of a tail is visible.
In a few weeks it is possible I might stop setting my alarm; Leo has started waking me at 6:00 every morning, asking to go out. He’ll balk if it’s raining, of course, necessitating a trip to the garage when it’s time for me to go to work.
I’m leary of taking him to Wintersmith Park because I’m afraid he’ll go nuts for the geese and ducks out there. I like my walks peaceful; it is doubtful the waterfowl at Wintersmith would tolerate a lot of barking from a shrimp like Leo.
Dan Marsh is editor of The Ada News.