Chairman Bao is a Shih Tzu. We travel a lot. I drive. He watches. We've logged at least 10,000 miles and he's never once said, Sweetheart, don't you think you should stop and ask someone?

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bao came home from grooming sporting this cute little green bow with white shamrocks in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Actually, according to Irish legend, you're not supposed to wear too much green on St. Patrick's Day (or any other day) because green is the favorite color of the "little people" and if you attract them they might snatch you away.

Between you and me, I'm more worried about Arizona coyotes than Irish leprechauns. And in any case, it's a very small bow.

Do dogs have a patron saint? Turns out they do. It's Saint Roch (or Roque) who turned his back on his worldly possessions to care for plague victims in Rome until he contracted the plague himself. He didn't want to infect anyone else, so he went off into the woods to die. But a dog found him and stayed by his side, bringing him food and licking his sores until he recovered. He and the dog subequently returned to France, which turned out to be a bad idea because Saint Roch was falsely accused and arrested, along with the dog. The two of them remained in prison for the rest of their lives in prison, ministering to the sick.

Personally, I think the dog deserved sainthood, too. But I guess that's not how it works.


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