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Happy Tail: Daryl voted!
Voting day was an experience Peg, et al dogs had an adventure finding the right polling place. (Adair Clerk Polling Places, 4 Nov, 2014 Election) Everywhere, from Breeding Fire Station to Wheet Hall to shopping places to the vets', Darryl fulfilled diplomatic duties.
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By Peg Schaeffer
Tuesday morning one of the first things I did was vote.
For me going anywhere is always a challenge. First I have to get out of the house without all of the dogs racing out to the truck. Then I have to get out of the gate without a bum rush of dogs. When I bought the truck I made the rule that no dogs would ride in it – well only Kelsey and Thumbelina.
Then I added Diablo since he’s only little. And then I added Darryl, my Beagle. So on a good day there are only four dogs in the truck. But then some dogs get out of the gate and jump into the truck before I can. So on Tuesday I had the four usual dogs, Tillie, Molly, and Bear. Not bad for no dogs allowed in the truck.
We went to wrong poll first
I read that the Sparksville residents would vote at the Breeding Volunteer Fire Department. When I got there Darryl managed to get out of the truck. He trotted around the parking lot, nose to the ground looking for good smells. Darryl’s pretty good about sticking around so I went inside. When the next person came in Darryl was leading the way. He said “hi” to the voters and the workers making sure he didn’t miss anyone. Then he went into the kitchen to check out the food situation. He has the ability to make himself at home anywhere.
My name wasn’t on the voting list and it turns out I was supposed to vote at the Church of the Nazarene. The right side of Sparksville Road votes at the Fire Department and the left side votes at the Church.
We headed to Columbia, to Wheet Hall polling place
So Darryl and I got back into the truck and headed into Columbia. Darryl told the other dogs about the cool place with all the friendly people rubbing it in that they had to stay in the truck. Went to the church and voted and then headed home. I stopped at a convenience store for a soda and a coffee for Keith. Again Darryl beat me out of the door and went to the entrance. A man was on his way in and Darryl raced by him with me chasing after. The man held the door open for me commenting “that’s a handsome Beagle” as Darryl went to visit with the a soft drink distributor. I kept trying to grab him but he always managed to stay just a hair ahead of me. Then when he tires of the game he just sits down and waits for me to grab him.
Darryl came to us in June of 2012. Someone had found him and brought him to us. I love Beagles and in my opinion there’s nothing cuter than a Beagle puppy. So when this cutie was handed to me I decided immediately that he’d be a keeper. Darryl just seemed to be the name that fit.
Yard sales are his favorite
I don’t know how many times I’ve threatened to leave him home. Probably every time I take him for a ride. Yard Sales are his favorite. He’ll leap out before I can grab him and race ahead of me. The other dogs give me the look. “How come Darryl gets to jump out?”
I’ve chased him around the Holliday Place shoppingcenter parking lot more than once. He loves to go to the garden shop and by the time I catch up there’s always an employee with him under their arm. The dogs all like to visit the farm supply store and they’re all well behaved except Darryl. He always manages to disappear. He can always be found in the back room checking out the dog food.
Darryl is not always on best behavior at Veterinarians
When we go to the veterinary service Kelsey, Thumbelina, Diablo, and Darryl are allowed to go inside to say hi to Emily. Darryl always darts by and runs to the back room. The first thing you hear is the garbage can being knocked over. After he’s explored the office he pushes the door open and goes outside. There’s a little dog, Bear, who often greets us when we go. So if Bear is there Darryl goes exploring with him. When he tires of playing with Bear he comes back to the door to be let in.
People who come to the rescue are always greeted by Darryl. But he has an ulterior motive. The minute they open the car door he’s in checking for leftovers and crumbs. He’s very thorough and doesn’t miss a thing. They always get a kick out of the charming Beagle. I could have adopted him out a hundred times but there isn’t enough money in the world for my little trouble maker. He keeps me on my toes.
This story was posted on 2014-11-09 05:14:45
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