Old Yeller, New Yeller
All Americans of a certain age, as well as others around the world, cried when watching the Disney movie, Old Yeller. For those of you above that certain age, you will recall that after Old Yeller’s sad, sad, sad demise, a neighbor girl brought over a yellow puppy, apparently sired by Old Yeller, but her well-intended gift was initially rebuffed by the boy mourning the loss of his Old Yeller, who was, as the movie theme song stated, “Best doggone dog in the West.”
I know the feeling. When our Old Yeller, named Max, died, I was not ready to try to replace him. It somehow seemed disloyal. Nevertheless, out of concern for Sadie, as described in https://cowboylawyer.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/to-the-rescue/
we adopted another yellow dog from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter for lonely Sadie to have company. His name is Beau.
Unlike Old Yeller and Max, Beau is not yet worthy of the esteemed title of Best Doggone Dog in the West. He is not even the best doggone dog living at our house. When he is in a room alone, it is doubtful that he would be called the best doggone dog. There might be good reasons that he was available for adoption. I doubt that his prior owners were simply tired of winning trophies at obedience trials. I doubt that obedience was in the vocabulary of them or him.
Miss Sugar, soft-hearted animal lover, is, nevertheless, not permissive when it comes to peeing in the house, stealing her breakfast off the counter, or chewing boots and slippers. She won’t let me get away with such behavior and neither will she tolerate such behavior from Beau.
I keep telling her that Beau will come in handy when we go hunting wild pigs. He has had his rabies shot, so it should turn out okay.
Sugar will also be glad to have him if she ever falls into an abandoned well. Oh, that was Lassie. Nevermind. I will have to just stick with the pig argument about what New Yeller might be good for.
That and keeping Sadie company. She is no longer depressed. She does not have time. She has to babysit every minute, night and day.