We left off in the last issue with poor, homeless Louie, the standard poodle, arriving at “Chez Poodle”, our house where anything goes if you’re four-legged. Bubbles was not happy to see him, and John . . well, my husband asked me, “What are you going to do with him?” So much for waltzing in the door to open arms.
I decided on a diversionary tactic. To distract John from coming up with a solution of his own, we would move on to another (ongoing) challenge – teaching me computer skills. After all these years in real estate you’d think I’d have great computer skills, but technology fries my brain. When you have an engineer husband it’s just duplication of efforts to learn where to put files and how to find them again. Lately, though, I’ve felt the need to put dog photos on the Web – not as big a priority to John as my real estate photos. This challenge would definitely take his mind off Louie.
I gave Louie some food, got him settled, and John and I trudged off to the home office. Someone told me once that you don’t have to understand how a computer works to use it. That was a breakthrough for me; I could then sit before the screen without getting hives. As I adjusted my seat, perfected the lighting, checked the room temperature, dialed in soothing music on the XM, Louie came in. He eased his fanny down next to my chair with a synchronous “burrrrrrrrrp” and stared at the computer screen. John began the tutorial.
Louie had a look of concentration, focused on the screen, and was showing no sign of anxiety. His posture reflected curiosity . . . vs. mine, slumped at the desk with my head in my hands. I guess I should look at least as interested as the dog. I have to say, Louie’s fascination with the computer was not lost on John. Well, I still have an edge over the fur ball with my manual dexterity at the keyboard. After about 15 minutes of this Louie left, probably having assimilated everything John had been trying to teach me, and I, having had enough, decided to prepare for our RV trip the next day.
Next installment: A Man and His Poodle – Louie and John Communicate!