Our dog, Maddie, has an annoying way with time. She will often alert the Editor, at five o’clock, to the fact that it’s time for her medicine. She knew when it was time for me to go to work, and she knew when I was supposed to be home. She still often requires that I come and sit with her on the couch at four o’clock, the time I used to get home from work, even though I’ve been here all day. Her most annoying bit understanding is when we tell her what should be silly things like “we’ll go outside and sit in ten minutes.” Ten minutes later, she’s at the door.
We’re in the middle of yet another miserable heat wave. Monday night, I agreed to sit with Maddie for ten minutes. Afternoons on days like that are bad, because although “her porch” is in the shade, the Trex surface is still hot and radiates heat. Ten minutes after we first sat, she got up and headed for the house. Yesterday morning, I told the Editor that I was going to “do the thing” early. My attempt to obscure my intentions was unsuccessful. Maddie understands every possible reference to “walk” that we can conjure up. I looked at my phone. It was 6:39. Maddie was in my face on the couch, ready to go. I told her, “not now. Give me five minutes.” She laid down on the couch. At 6:44, she jumped up and off the couch, walked over and stood by her harness.
The Editor mused that “we should have named her Timex.” We joked about that, and recalled the tagline uttered for over twenty years by John Cameron Swayze. I’ve altered it a bit, to make it more appropriate to Maddie:
“She gives a licking and keeps on ticking!”
Depending on your age, you might not remember the tagline (“it takes a licking and keeps on ticking”), John Cameron Swayze, Timex (actually the brand lives on), wrist watches, time pieces with analog dials that only tell time and perhaps the day/date, or TV shows with commercials.
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