Mood: hug me
Topic: "Puppy Angel" (2)
Fiona Richie is the host of a show on National Public Radio called "Thistle & Shamrock." As Frodo jests, the show does not trace the history of rock music and its' impact on 21st Century American culture. In fact, the show does feature the Celtic roots of music familiar to most Americans. Sam is a devotee of the show, and Frodo feigns attentiveness whenever they are jointly trapped in the motorcar and Sam commands the radio. The show, seemingly, has been on since the demise of the last Ice Age.
Some years ago, Frodo and Sam visited the local PetSmart on "Adoption Day," sponsored by the Paulding County Humane Society. Lovey, the noble Border Collie, was aging, and both Frodo and Sam were thinking about a "trainee" for the noble Lovey. Frodo took note of a small brown puppy with blue eyes, being held over the shoulder of an adoption volunteer, and he pointed it out to Sam. The contact was immediate, and very moving. When Frodo agreed that this could be an addition to the travelers of the Shire, Sam began to cry and to mouth the words "Thank You" to Frodo. It was a look that Frodo immediately burnt onto the DVD of his memory machine.
The blue eyes did not remain, replaced by a more descriptive devilish tint on the chocolate-colored miniature mix. Over the years the puppy grew to the 20-pound category and was forever classified as a "miniature chocolate lab" whenever queries as to the "type" were received.
Frodo prides himself in the cognomen creations applied to Shire additions. "Fiona" won quick acceptance from Sam, since it was clear that the two of them would spend many hours together listening to the pipers and purveyors of Robbie Burns.
Fiona, as noted previously, was a bit too much to handle for the noble Lovey, so she was soon followed by Fiona's permanent playmate Mick, the Wonder Dog. Fiona however, was always viewed as Sam's dog.
In recent times some things have changed. Fiona is less willing to travel with Sam on adventures in the motorcar when Frodo remains at home in the Shire. In fact, whenever Frodo curls up on a toadstool in order to watch his favorite teams get shellacked by ignorant vandals from Texas or some other brink of civilized society, Fiona is afoot, snoozing until Frodo screams an epithet at some injustice on the television screen.
At night, Fiona sleeps in her own bed, but finds a way to slip up next to Frodo somewhere around the dawn. Invariably she throws her rounded hind end up next to Frodo, with the result being a 50 degree increase in Frodo's body temperature. This, according to Frodo, is the animal with the highest degree of body heat known to science. Frodo, who sleeps with as little protection as possible, is continuously disturbed by the super-heated presence behind his knees.
Frodo has discussed this problem with Sam on numerous occasions. Frodo's references to "your" dog are not well-received given the recent tenor of Fiona's loyalties. Frodo is convinced that it is part of a vast canine conspiracy, in which Sam is merely a willing pawn. Mick, the Wonder Dog, imitates "de Tar Baby," and enjoys his uninterrupted head-out-of-the-window sojourns with Sam in the motorcar. Sam does not have to listen to competitive barking, and Fiona, well Fiona never misses a little extra support for her hips.
With the advent of Winter, the problem will not be without some benefit to Frodo. At the very least he has the time to think of a solution before Springtime comes again.