"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899

The Adventures of Rufus: Herman 2.


0d5360f6cbdae7ddd00d5a1eec0e893aHerman and I have a lot in common.

We are different colours, but dogs don’t worry about stuff like that.

We are both small dogs and we have mistresses who we love very much.

Most of my dog friends have masters but not Herman. His mistress found him outside the post office when he was just a pup. Some dingus had tied him up with a sign that said, “Take this dog we ain’t got room for him.” As I said, Herman is small and he doesn’t take up much room so how small must their house have been if there was no room for him? I don’t understand humans, but don’t get me started or we will be here all day.

Somewhere along the way, Herman learned how to hug people. Now, generally speaking, dogs don’t give hugs and most of us don’t like getting them but we put up with it if it is someone we love.

Herman said that it all started by accident. He was jumping up on his mistress, which he is not supposed to do, and he slipped and instinctively grabbed her to stop himself from falling. His mistress was so pleased with this manoeuvre that she let out a cry of delight, which Herman recognised [other people mistake it for a cat being put through a mincer], so naturally, he wants to please her so he works out how to do it again and the rest is history.

Herman’s mistress got the plumber, who lives next door, to take a picture of them hugging, and she had it put in a frame and now it sits on her mantlepiece, just next to the photo of her late husband Eric, who died in a tragic Blimp accident just before the war.

Frankly, I think he’s nuts and if it ever gets around, he’s not going to be able to show his face at the dog park. Dogs can take a lot, and they are very tolerant, but we have to draw the line somewhere.

I’m not likely to dob him in though; he’s a mate, and mates don’t tell. We carry each other’s secrets to our grave.

I like Herman.

He’s a funny bugger, but he sure can hug good.

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One response

  1. You’re a good friend to carry Herman’s secret.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

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