I am a fan of animal behaviorist/dog trainer/author Patricia McConnell. Her blog is called The Other End of the Leash , and sadly her beloved BC Lassie passed away yesterday. Her blog post was entitled Six Words, explained by the famous story about Ernest Hemingway, in which he challenged his writer friends to write the shortest story possible. Everyone agreed that he had won. He wrote: "For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn."
Trisha then asked her readers to choose six words to describe their dogs, past and present, and post it in the comments.
Here's what I wrote:
My three Cardigan Corgis:
For my sweet old Dylan, who lived to just two weeks short of his seventeenth birthday:
Best Friend. Always there. Long walks.
For Wilson (6 years):
Big Shoes. Agility teammate, new paths.
For Jimmy (2 years):
Wild monkey, always happy, joyful presence.
This was an interesting challenge and I thought you all might enjoy the mental exercise. It certainly brings up lots of fond memories.
I would love to read your six words......