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“Clancy The Wonder Dog The Greatest Dog on Earth

Gets a Sidekick”

 About three weeks ago it was time for Clancy The Wonder Dog The Greatest Dog On Earth to be groomed. We usually leave the 4-year old Cairn Terrier at the groomer and pick her up three hours later. After we dropped Clancy off Mom wanted to go to the Avenues shopping mall and pick some things up at Belks, I needed to stop by Office Depot and Sports Authority.

 When we got to the mall I parked the car in front of the store I thought Mom wanted to go to and I walked down to Office Depot and then next door to Sports Authority. On my way to my destinations I passed a pet shop with a sign out front reading “Cairn Terrier %75 off”. I thought that was pretty strange to be selling a Cairn Terrier at such a discount. The average price of a pure bred Cairn is around $650. When I finished my business at the other stores I realized I dropped Mom off at Kohl’s instead of Belks, which was on the other side of the mall. In my rush to get back and find Mom so I could take her where she wanted to go I passed that goofy sign again. I searched all over for Mom in Kohl’s and couldn’t find her. Hoping she didn’t try to walk across the mall to Belks I retraced my steps thinking she may have gone looking for me. 

I passed the pet shop with the intriguing sign about the Cairn again but continued on to look for Mom. I didn’t find Mom at any of the places so as I headed back to Kohl’s to search again my curiosity wouldn’t let me pass the pet store a fourth time with out going in to find out why they would be so desperate to sell off a Cairn Terrier. There the little guy was in a display case with a shnoodle and a poodle who were rough housing while the little Cairn slept peacefully. I asked a kid who worked there what the price was for the Cairn and why he was %75 off. I never got an answer as to why he was discounted but his original price was $1,199. Though I didn’t ask; the kid brought the Cairn out and put him in my hands. I asked where the dog was whelped and the kid went in the back room to search his papers for the answer leaving the little guy in my care. I heard a shout from the back room saying he came from a breeder in Montana. I thought that was a weird place to raise Cairn Terriers as I never heard of any breeders there before. 

The little guy was falling asleep in my arms and I had to go find Mom so I gave the puppy back to the kid and assured him I didn’t need another dog since I already had a little Cairn named Clancy the Wonder Dog the Greatest Dog on Earth and while the little guy may be the finest dog around he couldn’t compete with the greatest dog on Earth. 

Upon leaving the store I saw Mom had returned to the car and was waiting for me. I still thought the sign reading “Cairn Terrier %75 off” was funny and Mom might get a kick out of it. So as I pulled out of the parking space I told her I wanted her to see something. I drove over and parked in front of the pet store. I told Mom to follow me and waited to see how long it would take her to notice the sign. Just as we stepped over the curb in front of the store she started laughing and exclaimed we didn’t need another dog, but why is it so cheap? The kid in the store saw us coming  before we entered the store. He had the little puppy out of his display case and was handing him to Mom before she had a chance to protest.

 We carried the little guy into cubicle and sat down with him. Mom stated how “Dad would have a fit if we brought home another dog” and  “Clancy would be so upset”. In matter a minutes though Mom’s comments were no longer “if” statements” and became “when” statements like  Your Father is going to have a Fit” and “Oh Clancy will be so upset”. I was shocked, the only reason I brought Mom into the store was to tease her and I certainly didn’t want another dog to take care of. But Mom does like having two dogs around and teases Clancy all the time that she was going to “get another dog to put her in her place”. 

It nearly floored me when Mom suddenly said “He’s going to be your Birthday and Christmas present” I didn’t know what to say and before I could think of anything the kid from the store was closing in for the sale. I figured; ok Mom likes the little guy and after all he is the finest dog around after Clancy the Wonder Dog the Greatest Dog on Earth. 

What better sidekick for the Greatest Dog on Earth then Theodore Frank the Finest Dog Around? 

Mom still had to pick up a few things from Belks and it was just about time to pick up Clancy the Wonder Dog the Greatest Dog on Earth from the groomer. We closed the deal with the pet store left Theodore Frank the Finest Dog Around to be cleaned up and prepared for his new home while we finished Mom’s shopping. 

When we stopped to pick up Clancy from the groomer’s and she jumped into the car, she immediately discovered her new sidekick. Without hesitation she started smothering him with love. Only when I tried to separate the two did Clancy voice any complaint. With a snap at my hand and her most vicious growl she let me know she had a new baby brother and she didn’t want anything or anyone trying to come between her and her sibling. I don’t think Clancy has ever stated her opinion on matter more forcibly in her entire life. 

That’s story of how Clancy The Wonder Dog The Greatest Dog On Earth came to unite with her sidekick Theodore Frank The Finest Dog Around. They’ve grown very fond of each other. Ted quickly learned the ropes of his new home. He may never be the greatest dog on earth but he will always be Theodore Frank The Finest Dog Around and he knows it. 

After we got home and I examined his papers more closely I discovered Ted came from a breeder in Iberia, MO. Just 30 miles from our 2nd home in Sunrise Beach, MO. The kid at the pet store obviously doesn’t know his State abbreviations to well. Mistaking “MO” as the abbreviation for Montana, how’d he ever get out of High School?

 

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