The best parts of my life today are little routines:
Spending 45 minutes in the evening on my glider on my front porch watching the sun set over the Camp Pendleton coast--, my little dog, Senor Perro, tucked against my right hand side with his snout laid on my thigh as he cautiously sniffs twilight breezes. Tonight, he took a deep breath and instantly alerted, popping up and giving a ferocious chihuahua growl to enemies real and imagined. he heard and smelled the two coyote pups in my front lawn-- about 35 yards in front of my porch-- long before I heard their footfalls in my lower garden. It's behavior like this that makes me laugh and appreciate my 12 pound chihuahua all the more. Nothing escapes his attention and he's just as attentive to the sound of the UPS truck whining it's way up my half-mile driveway as he is to the presence of the infrequent coyote or weasel. Spending time with Perro on the front porch in the evenings helps me understand how this little dude made it two years as part of a ferral pack in an old avocado orchard in north Escondido. He doesn't miss much.
Night time with Perro-- I go to sleep long before Perro does, but we do have a routine. I go back to my bedroom, turn on the TV and watch a show, and he trots in, jumps on the bed and walks lightly over to the nightstand. My part of the bed time gig is to make sure there are two milkbone biscuits in his favorite flavor on the night stand. He likes the beige colored biscuits but will take a green one if nothing else is available. Even a studly little chihuahua apparently has some standards.
Perro is my first dog. I use to travel too much to have a dog as a pet, so I settled on cats. Perro gets along famously with my cats and enjoys his daily hallway races with the youngest of the feline overlords.
When I first met Perro as a volunteer dog walker during the great Escondido fire of 2004, I had no idea I would bond as thoroughly as I have with this Dude. He makes me laugh and I've come to think of him as a fractious 10 year old boy. And yes, when Perro and I make long road trips, I do talk to my dog and he does look at me like he's interested in what I say.
Ahhhhh, life with a little dog is very good indeed. Jim Forbes, Escondido, CA 08/23/2007