"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


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Eveline isn’t a dog, but we won’t hold that against her.

She doesn’t live in our town full-time.

She comes to visit her grandmother.

All the dogs in our town vie for her attention.

Some humans have that effect on us. We want to be near them and we want them to like us. Evelyn doesn’t have a dog of her own partly because she lives in an apartment in the city and partly because her parents don’t like dogs.

I’ve never met her parents, but I don’t think I’d like them if I did.

I’m not foolish enough to say that all dogs are wonderful.

I’ve known some really terrible dogs, but mostly they got that way because of the way the humans treated them.

The only exception to that rule, that I can think of, is Jeremy.

Jeremy is just an arsehole.

No one made him that way, it was his choice.

He thinks it’s funny.

He likes scaring people. He likes scaring other dogs.

He likes scaring the postman, and I guess I can’t blame him on that one.

But I don’t want to talk about Jeremy, he gives me the shits.

I’d much rather talk about Eveline.

Her grandmother lives in a cottage up on the hill. It doesn’t have a view of the ocean but it is very pretty and it has lots of trees around it. I like trees. All dogs like trees. And not just for the reason that you are thinking of.

We are pretty sure that Evelyn’s grandmother has magical powers, at least where dogs are concerned.

If one of our local dogs get sick we immediately take it to Evelyn’s grandmother. She mixes up all kinds of smelly plants and sprinkles it on dog food. If the sick dog has enough sense to eat the dog food it gets better within a couple of days. But some dogs haven’t got the sense they were born with and they refuse to eat Evelyn’s grandma’s Magic dinner.

These dogs don’t always die, but they do lie around and moan a lot.

We don’t have any sympathy for these dogs.

Eveline comes to visit because she loves her grandma and she enjoys spending time with her. Also, it gets her away from her non-dog loving parents. We can all understand that motivation.

Eveline is learning the secrets of healing dogs with smelly plants. In a quiet moment, she told us that she hopes to open a shop to cure dogs, using smelly plants.

Unfortunately, this shop will most probably be in the big city, which means that we will not see as much of Eveline, but as all dogs know, we must treasure what we have while we have it.

So, we will continue to look forward to Eveline’s visits and we will bring sick dogs to her grandma for as long as it lasts.


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