Mood: party time!
Topic: "Tess of the Dorghis" (8)
A companion dog was the intent. Frodo was surprised by the fact that the pictured potential adoptee was not among the 2 or 3 hundred canines with whom he has become acquainted while volunteering at the Animal Shelter of the Shire. He answered his own question when he first saw the candidate and discovered that it only weighed 20.6 pounds. Frodo has consciously avoided the "puppies and small dogs" in order to spend time with the larger, sometimes mangier, who receive less attention from the "oohers" and the "aahers."
Sam sat in the waiting area with Dandy, who was to be exposed to each of the potential candidates, and cast approving or dissenting input.
The candidate was the fifth to appear before the Committee, and it was at this point that Frodo conceived of the similarity between this process and that of the Academy Awards. The only difference being that non-selectees still faced a potential meeting with the Grim Reaper.
She nearly fell out of the cage into Frodo's arms. Perhaps she had seen him walk by on prior days, hoping that he would look her way, and now recognized this as her big chance. Frodo held her gently as he slipped a small leash around her neck and placed her on the floor and started to walk into the viewing area. Oh, how she pranced, and Frodo sensed that something special was in the air.
As soon as the candidate met Sam's eyes, the deal was done. She looked enough like the late and long-lamented Fiona that tears swelled in the brave eyes of Samwise. Amazingly, Dandy also saw something special in the fact that his front paw was being slowly dissolved into the widening maw of the last remaining candidate.
Frodo imagined that Tess, who wagged her tail incessantly while the paperwork was being completed, was silently mouthing the words "I would like to thank the members of the Academy. . .", and he knew that it was the most sincere use of these words in his lifetime.
She is a star (and she thinks the Hobbit is cool). Much, much more than a companion. She is a friend.