This edition of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap is dedicated to people who, in the middle of the night, walk through the house and spot a family critter who is absolutely comfortable and absolutely confident that it is safe to fall into a deep sleep and not worry about being “run off” the property.
They have given that animal that great life.
That big dog is Dudley. He’s a wander-up. Several Christmases ago, he showed up in the front yard with two little dogs. Animals are dumped in our neighborhood now and then. Our great neighbors all have wonderful yards and they have created a welcoming atmosphere. So, people drive through our hilly terrain and feel welcome to dump dogs and cats. Fact of life in Dallas.
We got the two little dogs into a no-kill shelter and Dudley...well, he sort of seemed to feel at home.
So, that’s why he sleeps however he wants in any of the beds that we’ve bought him and the gang.
I snapped that traditional mugshot of him one Christmas. My technospouse Martha is the artist who stylized him with her camera. (That blue one is Dudley acknowledging the arrival of the U.S. Mail.) He’s so handsome. Probably a Border Collie mix -- possibly with a Chocolate Lab. He has the Collie’s prick ears, paw points and tail tip and the Lab’s hair and an active, two-by-four strength tail.
We believe his pedigree is explained in his complete name: “Dudley the Angel.” He’s named after the Cary Grant character in the film The Bishop’s Wife. Dudley is an angel.
That's a photo of Dudley the Angel after he decorated the Bishop's tree in the movie. I think you can see the resemblance.
I decided to ask my funspouse Martha to answer three quick questions about Dudley. Here’s what I got:
(1) Give me a one-word description of how you feel about Dudley: “Charmed,” she replied.
(2)Give me a one-sentence description of the way you feel about Dudley: “Dudley may be named after a Cary Grant character,” she wrote, “but he’s the Jimmy Stewart of dogs – charming, goodhearted and easy to love – with just a touch of Paul Revere in his personality, unfortunately.” (He has a tendency to bark at things in the night. Not “a” bark. A cascade of barks.)
(3) If Dudley starred in a movie, what would it be: And Martha, rarely a victim of insomnia, replied, "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”
Dudley is an adored dog. I don’t know what led him to cross paths with us, but it has been a blessing.
And, when I’m visited by insomnia, don’t think I don’t consider flopping down on one of those dog beds and giving it a shot. It works for the dogs and cats, maybe it’ll work for a desperate human, though, of course, Martha would have to rent a crane to get me up off the floor.
[WE NEED YOUR SLEEPERS! Send photos of your slumbering dogs, dozing cats or sleeping beings of any kind to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give them the spotlight of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, our long-running weekend feature at readlarrypowell.com. We post these photos to give the world’s tortured insomniacs some hope that they, too, can sleep, no matter who is in the White House.]
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