Sometimes when a dog is just lying around sleeping and minding her own business, her dreams come true. That happened to Olive the pug the other day. In the midst of her morning siesta, someone said, “Who wants to go for a ride?” Because the word “ride” always gets a dog’s attention, Olive is at the alert and ready to go in no time.
For that 15 seconds or so before a dog gets settled into the back seat of the car and falls back asleep, her imagination goes wild. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that she fell asleep in the back seat and woke up in Florida. She doesn’t allow herself to remember that last week, she fell asleep in the back of the car and wound up at the groomer. A dog is more optimistic than that.
This time, we're heading out on the back roads of Connecticut to one of our favorite places that, on nice days, will allow dogs to have lunch with their humans…The Vanilla Bean in Pomfret.
After lunch, the male human decides that a little ice cream for dessert would be just the ticket on a beautiful spring day such as it was. And the wanderings began. It seems that most of the usual places for ice cream in Connecticut aren’t open yet…people being far less optimistic than dogs. So we cross over to Rhode Island in search of the illusive dish of ice cream.
More disappointment ensues, so we head for home. “Wait! Maybe Rondeau’s Dairy Bar is open,” says the man. Off we go to Palmer, Massachusetts, where in the end a dog gets to lick the bowl.
Can a day get much better than that?