We were perusing photos on Grandma's iPhone, as is our wont when a quiet moment is required. She looks for, and finds, her own photos and those of her brothers. Her parents. Grandparents. And now...her doggie. These last are, for right now, her high favorites and deserve all of these girlish attentions. Should we come across a puppy video it will be watched with keen interest, not once but many times.
This day as we looked at darling Athena's photos, we came across a sudden rogue image that I had forgotten was there. The image was also that of a dog, but it was a dog we had not expected to see just at that moment. It came as something of a shock.
"Oh, that is a BAD DOG, Grandma - make it go away!"
I glanced down at the phone and saw, lolling for the camera, a huge face. With a huge tongue hanging out of it. You could tell the thing was massive and muscular, certainly nothing to be messing with. But we weren't messing with it, we were just looking at it.
"It's not really here, my darling, it is only a photo.." I soothed.
"But make it go AWAY! please..?"
So with a single swipe, the thing was gone. Gone, but clearly not forgotten.
The rather stunning son, as it turns out, loves that strange looking canine. He had sent the photo to me and it had ended up in iPhoto and was therefore viewable by the small girl. The dog's name? PUN (I am not certain but I think maybe it is short for PUNISH).
You can see that it is a Pit Bull Terrier. Not this grandmother's favorite. Nor her granddaughter's, either. Probably this girl and that dog will never meet.
But our good son will give you some very good reasons why this is NOT a Bad Dog. It is in fact the BEST kind of dog, a dog which would protect you, and love you, and be petted by you. And it would of course NEVER BITE YOU. But it certainly has a face only a mother could love.
Pun's owner (son's good friend) absolutely loves Pun. Pun lives at the epicenter of his daily life and no tooth in that dog's head has ever been brandished in anger. I mentioned this, in simple terms, to the little girl.
"But your uncle says Pun is a good doggie."
"No, he can't be a good doggie, Grandma. And what is a 'Pun'?"
"Pun is the doggie's name. And he is nice."
"What is the matter with it's ears?" she said in disgust.
"Well, they are shaped like that on purpose... and just LOOK at this darling one of Athena!" I vectored.
In a way, it was encouraging to know that love can be lavished on something not-so-very-pretty. Of course we love Athena - she is completely adorable and everything you wish a puppy to be. But - PUN? I don't think 'adorable' would ever truly describe his homely phiz. But he too is loved. The bitter, the sweet, all loved. By somebody.
And that's just great. But the rest of us can stand at a distance.
See you along the way!
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