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‘My mind,’ he said, ‘rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.’
I have not told you, dear reader, about one of my hobbies. I have engaged in a lengthy apprenticeship with Man, who loves working on cars. Since he was a boy, he has worked on old cars, most notably a Jaguar XJ6L and the MGB you see before you.
I have felt very grown up and responsible, now that Man has allowed me to assist him in his technical labors. I oversee all his work, and sometimes provide moral support or distraction, which are important parts of the process.
I have learned a lot about how these metal beasts function, and would pit my knowledge against that of any other canine. I am invigorated by the scent of the oils and the heat of the welding. I love the mental exercise of problem-solving with Man to create the ultimate vehicle, which might even run faster than I can on my own mortal legs.
My only complaint is that the MGB is a little small for a dog of my–majesty. I can’t sit comfortably on the floor or the seat. As a passenger, I prefer the family SUV, though as a connoisseur and mechanic-in-training, I share Man’s passion for vintage cars. Best of all, I love the Man-dog time we spend together, which has deepened our relationship.
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I have had the good fortune to meet a new friend, Murphy. Sadly, Murphy lives many hours away, but his people are Woman’s cousin and her boyfriend, so I am certain that our paths will cross again.
Murphy and I had much in common, in particular our passion for ball chasing and catching, as well as for good, old-fashioned running.
Murphy is quite young, at nearly a year old. I was impressed by the way his paws seemed barely to touch the ground as he ran and pranced gracefully in play.
I quite enjoyed meeting Murphy, who seemed a sensible and skillful dog whose company I look forward to enjoying again. I think I’ll give up tennis, though. The pavement of the court was a bit rough on my pads.