Miss Sugar, Art Advocate, invited several artists to our ranch for a Plein Aire event, which is French for painting outside, a term I just learned and am sharing with those of you who, like me, were kicked out of French class in 7th grade. Anyway, the artists are painting ranch scenes and Sugar provided lunch and drinks. Beau provided a fun challenge: try to keep brushes away from him. Actually, out of mercy for the artists, we chained him up to protect them. The long chain almost reached the canopy over the tables where lunch was served, so he went there, and some kind folks gave him some scraps, so he was glad to be within reach of the buffet.
Later in the day, Michelle, who has been living in Nepal for more than a year, arrived at the ranch with her friend, Holly. They have been friends since high school. They both played on the basketball team. One would think that athletes would have quick reflexes, and maybe they do, but not so quick as to be a challenge for Beau. Michelle’s mother made breakfast for, presumably, Michelle, Holly, herself and me. As it turned out, she also made breakfast for Beau, but not for me. I heard Michelle request of Beau, “Get out of here.” Nevertheless, before he complied he reached up on the counter and grabbed a bite. Michelle reminded us that Beau is ill-mannered. She is an Ivy League graduate and knows rudeness when she sees rudeness. Apparently, it is rude to allow one’s dog to eat one’s breakfast off one’s kitchen counter. Who knew?
That is not all. The artists returned for Day Two. One of them, a woman who claims to be educated with a Masters in Fine Arts, stopped at McDonalds for a “to go” lunch. She foolishly opened the door of her vehicle without taking proper security measures. Beau grabbed the McDonalds bag. The “to go” lunch “went” — with him, briefly. When Sugar retrieved it from the retriever, only a few french fries could be salvaged.
I know what you are thinking. You are asking, “Why do they put up with such a thieving creature?”
I don’t rightly know. I guess he grows on ya. Plus, all these victims were warned in advance.