Buddy can you spare a dime?

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Our 2-year-old golden retriever Murphy inhales everything.

On our 30-minute morning walks, he’ll drag fallen branches up the block. I’ve wrestled bottle caps, napkins and plastic bags from his clenched teeth.  This morning we had a standoff over a dried flower.

On the way home, as we traversed the ice-encrusted dirt road toward the end of our walk, I knew Murphy was up to no good again. (It’s become instinct.) But when I looked down, clinched between his teeth was a not-so-crisp, but undamaged, dollar bill.

I removed it from his mouth, thanked him and slipped it in my pocket before heading home.


About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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2 Responses to Buddy can you spare a dime?

  1. Go Murph!!

    (Why did I assume this was a comment on the Huffpo sale where the founder made $$$$$$ off of tons of free labor. Sound familiar?)

  2. jerrylanson says:

    I’m sure Arianna will be sending everyone checks from her hundred mil any day now. But I must protest loudly! Walking the Murph is hard work, believe me. It’s past time for him to pay me back.

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