This Thing Called Courage

Monday, February 27, 2006


Last but not least, this is Fionn. He will be four years old this June 29. He is a Papillion, a breed I had not heard of until the day I got him. The name comes from the idea that the upright ears resemble butterfly wings, and the white patch on the forehead is the butterfly's body.

He is a happy little camper, and something of a miracle boy-- he was hit by car outside my house on March 29, 2004-- and emerged pretty unscathed. Not bad for a 13 pound dog-- he is now 20 pounds-- no comment! He loves meat, peanut butter, meat, broccoli, meat, and greenies, and licking the insides of the tray the bird suet comes in. His favorite activities include eating, going for walks, belly rubs, bum scracthies, playing with the striped tennis ball, ripping apart small defensiveless teddy bears, becoming 'airborne' out the car window, 'entertaining' company by sailing over the back of the purple couch and landing in their unsuspecting laps, trash-picking, and going under the covers around six every morning for a little extra warmth.

Words you cannot say but must spell when around Fionn, or else face dire consequences, include: Walk, Hungry, Ride, Happy Land, Little Black Pete, Uncle_____ (fill in the blank), Who's That, Go Get, Buddy, Molly, and Sadie. Fionn's predecessors of blessed memory include Jake, Rocky, Fluffy, and, especially, Biscuit.

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Great stuff! Will bookmark this site and check in on you often!
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