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Here we go again!

Dad here; 0445 at the Casa del Whackos, and Charlie, as usual, has decided to get her lick on, but this one was different. Instead of her full bore facial assault, this one was a casual "sleepily swab the back of dad's head" lick, just enough to wake me up, which of course was her sign to go back to sleep. I saw that Charlie's phone had new activity, so I snuck a peek and…
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The curse of cities is that they root people in one location and make them blind… Ogadai Khan

Some people love to travel, I LIVE to travel. I don't know if it's a byproduct of my confinement in the crate, but I absolutely lose my mind at the very sound of an engine firing up, whether it's an auto, a motorcycle or even the riding lawnmower. Dad used to think I was afraid of the mower as I would attack the orange monster while it appeared to be carrying him away, the plastic…

All that who lean are not off balance

Many moons, make that many harvests ago, when dad was slightly less portly, he had a fixation on skateboarding and surfing; slightly odd, considering being raised in Arkansas. He never was very good, but hung out with some guys that were, the most notable being this Gary fella that at 50 plus, is still ripping it up to this day. He and dad lost touch pursuing different family and career paths, but always remembered the…
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Happily content.

What's the difference between happiness and contentment? One of the most evident manifestations of happiness is when dad asks if I want to do the "G" word; until we are saddled up and moving, I absolutely lose my mind. At even the slightest hint of a "go", Max and I will stand in quivering paroxysmal anticipation, never letting dad out of our sight until he opens the car door. If you think that we consider…
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The predawn hours of Monday at the Casa usually have a different feel than those of a Sunday, or even a Friday, for that matter, but one thing sets this one apart: Anticipation. It's amazing the difference that actually setting a goal will make in a dog's psyche; in this case it's our departure next week for the west. How are we going to do it? Dad has no idea; Miss Ellie is still in…
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Remember the fathers

"Remember your father for the man he was, not necessarily for what he is today" Sunday AM at the Casa; we've already rousted dad to let us outside, and we've now brought the remnants of dew and grit back to the bed. Max and I are sprawled out across our rightful territories, Mia, Angel and Echo waiting outside for everything to settle back down before demanding that dad get to be let them back in;…
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The Gospel according to Charlie

The dad is my servant, I shall not want I maketh him to lie down without covers, I hoggeth the bed with the others.  He restoreth my roll: he taketh me on the motorcycle when he would ride solo.  Yea, though I wreak havoc when others would slumber, I will fear no evil: for I am the Charlie; dad's  bark and his bite, they amuseth me.  He preparest a table before me in the presence…
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