Comments from the Canyons: Dog will only write for own amusement

Several of you have asked about the black lab, Priscilla Alden, who came to live on this corner last August. You have even asked if she is going to write some of these columns as did her predecessor, Aggie.

Although Prissy has been here a little less than a year, she is in complete charge of life around here and has me doing whatever she demands. Her size alone would cause me to move when she gives orders. When she comes racing toward me, I just hope I'll be standing when she finishes that run. Thus far, she hasn't caused me to lose balance, but she has caused me to brace for all her rambunctious activities.

Actually, she is fairly gentle for such a large canine. She just climbs onto my lap when I am trying to watch TV and has me penned in the chair until she decides to let me move. She looks over her shoulder at me, smiles, and dares me to try to move. She also keeps me busy throwing her toys, playing tug-of-war, and helping both of us receive some exercise. I know she watches to see if I am about relaxed and then decides she needs attention so she can hear a few remarks about her heritage.

She has become more and more interested in our Sunday drives and walks in the country. At first, she didn't know how to read the news and just walked along aimlessly. Now, she stops to read that news, tracks a few little animals, and looks all around as we walk. She surely likes to ride in the car and would prefer to drive. We have arguments as to where she will sit each time we enter the car. Thus far, I have won those arguments and am still doing the driving.

She is surprisingly gentle for such a large beast. I heard the birds having fits in the backyard one morning, looked out, and saw Prissy with a baby bird captured between her front paws. She was just watching it and keeping it in her own pen. I called her, hoping she wouldn't hurt the little creature. She got up very quietly and came to me without injuring the little one. Of course, I didn't have my camera at the time as that could have been a prize picture.

Although she wants to do some writing, she has promised she won't write any columns. She'll just write for her own entertainment. Besides, she doesn't want to copy ideas from her predecessor or even be compared to her. She is one strong individual and is a great friend to have on this comer. She can be seen on occasion as we ride around town or even as we go to the mail box each day She appreciates attention and certainly receives plenty from this follower.

Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 461-1952.

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