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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Up 'Til Now, Everything's Been Fine

Boz lobbies for the things he wants. He sometimes wants a thing badly until he gets it, then he doesn't want it any more. But he clings to his moments on the porch. He'll stay there as long as he can, whether it's chilly or hot. He must keep watch.

What he sees he keeps to himself. Boz rarely barks. I've heard his formidable bark about five times in the seven years he's lived with us, and at those times I give his declarations great respect: "What is it, Boz? Good boy, Boz!" Usually it's nothing--a passing pug, an insistent crow, a breeze.

I could be wrong about this, though. He might be joining the Twilight Bark.

(The video I've linked you to is 10 minutes long. The Twilight Bark begins about three minutes in. The whole thing is worth watching.)

27 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

How are those t-shirts coming along, Petrea? Sigh... {I'll watch the video tomorrow when I have time to enjoy it properly.}

Bellis said...

He'll join the twilight bark when he considers it serious enough. We do sometimes hear it in our neighborhood when a dog that sleeps outside sees a raccoon and the message bounces round and round the Arroyo and the San Rafaels, like a dog email alert. As opposed to dog wee-mail (on lamp posts).

Anonymous said...

I would call Boz a patient and proper dog.

Dina said...

Faithful old Boz, keeping watch.

I loved the clip you gave us. Can you believe I never saw the movie or heard about the "twilight bark."

P.S. Thanks for finding the Calder "Flamingo."

Petrea said...

Hmm, there were supposed to be Boz fan t-shirts, right? I, uh, hmm. I'll make them next year when I have time to do them properly. No, it's a good idea. I have no idea when or if I'll do it.

Bellis, I got lost on "a dog that sleeps outside." I know some dogs prefer it but it pains me that some people don't realize their dogs want to be part of the family. They feel exiled when forced to live outside instead of with their "pack."
By the way, having been once to London I think it looks just like London in the clip. What do you think?

When did you and Boz meet, Anonymous?

I believe it, Dina. You left a long time ago. I know you've been back but why would you have spent precious time on your visits watching movies?

Virginia said...

Talk about your "Dog's Life!" Good grief. I don't think Bozorino will deter any stalwart thieves but he does make a nice "sculpture" on the front porch. A very very good dog I'm thinking.

Now I'm off to watch 'the movie"

Virginia said...

Ok, I 'm back. I have to tell you I'm relieved to find out what the Twilight Bark was all about. I was afraid it meant ole Boz was heading for his great reward! WHEW!
V

Michael Coppess said...

Being community-minded as he is, I'll bet Boz is already part of the Twilight Bark. His pet just doesn't know it yet.

Katie said...

I want to party with Boz! If you put out a bigger pillow on the porch I'd happily laze there all day with him. Maybe you could bring out snacks and a drink every once in a while. Love the video clip of the Twilight Bark. I don't think I've actually seen the full movie and now I need to rent it to find out what happens. Did you notice the blinking billboard advertising "Kanine Krunchies"? I bet Boz would like those. (Ha ha -- my work verification is partio -- party on the patio!)

Petrea said...

Heaven forbid, V! Kanine Krunchies on the porch, maybe. But I hope he'll be with us for some time to come. You know how I love him.

Michael, how very astute. I should watch that clip again with more sympathy for the canine community's view of us.

Katie, we often do that on a summer's eve--partio with a glass of wine, a hunk of cheese and a jealous dog.

mark said...

Boz souds like a great dog and friend. Oreo and Ruby (French Brittanys) send cyber greeting to you and Boz.

altadenahiker said...

Oh my gosh, I was completely enthralled. Must see the rest.

pasadenapio said...

Such a good boy.

J+P said...

Fifteen thousand grim years since we first partnered with his kind—so long after our common ancestors braved ice-clotted seas & fought across the world—past millennia of hardscrabble building and warring … his rough lineage narrows to this puddle of domestic neediness—slouches, Yeatsianly, to his sunny suburban vigil. Twilight of the Dogs is more like it.

Petrea said...

Aw. He's our humbuddy.

J+P said...

… yeah …

Trish said...

I have long said, if there is such a thing as reincarnation, I want to come back as a dog---a dog like Boz or one that I care for or know. Rough life, hanging out, slumbering along on the front walk. You do realize he is doing a VERY important job--protecting you & J from evil things like squirrels, birds and the occasional LDS group?

you are right about dogs enjoying sleeping in their pack---you put them elsewhere and they don't act as part of the pack and end up with issues that drive their parents insane.

and, if you get those Boz shirts printed, I'd be up for buying one!

am glad Boz is on the lookout, nice to know Pasadena is safe because of him!

Petrea said...

And to think I've been wondering how to monetize my blog. All I really need to do is monetize Boz!

Amy said...

He looks pretty comfy out there. He keeps watch in a very sneaky manner, as it looks like he's sleeping. :) That Boz!

Petrea said...

He's very cagey, Amy.

Jilly said...

What a lovely shot and one happy dog.

TheChieftess said...

What a sweet picture of Boz...

J+P said...

BTW, thank you for apostrophying "'til"—'s a lost art.

Shell Sherree said...

{hee hee!!} Well, that clip was worth coming back to ~ I haven't seen that in years ~ what a pleasure!!

Petrea said...

We were talking about the t-shirt design last night. I haven't decided which end of Boz to monetize.

altadenahiker said...

I can guess which end Boz finds more interesting.

Petrea said...

If Boz had money he'd by whatever smells the worst. That's why we had to take away his allowance.