We adopted our dog, Bo, from the pound almost two years ago. We used our special method of picking the dog that wasn't yapping its head off when you walked into the pound. They told us his name was Bo which was fine with us. (On a side note, this is the first time I've actually written out his name. I always assumed it would be as Beau because he has a grey coat, tall regal ears and bushy eyebrows. He looked like he could be a confederate general. Unfortunately, his doofus personality reminds me more of Bo Duke from the "Dukes of Hazzard", and so "Bo" it is.) Bo has been a good dog and not caused any trouble up until this past August.
One day St. Pauli Girl got distracted while opening the front door. Stealthy Bo snuck out when she wasn't looking. Unfortunately, she didn't notice he was gone until about two hours later. She quickly posted an online ad knowing he probably couldn't get far without someone from the neighborhood taking him in. About an hour later, someone called with good news.
"Yeah, I'm calling about a lost schnauzer," said the female caller.
"Oh good, you found him?" St. Pauli Girl asked.
"Well, I found a schnauzer. This one doesn't have any tags so I don't know who he is or who he belongs to."
St. Pauli Girl slapped her forehead. "Yeah, we had just given him a bath and forgot to put his collar back on."
"Doesn't smell like he's had a bath recently..."
"Well he has one of those chips in his neck so he can be tracked."
"Yeah? How's that working out for you?"
"Look, where are you?" St. Pauli Girl asked in a rising voice.
"At the Dairy Queen on University."
"That's our neighborhood. That must be Bo."
"Bo! Bo!," the woman shouted in the background. "Well he doesn't come when he's called. Can you identify him? This one is grey."
"Aren't all schnauzers grey?"
"No, I had one that was brown once."
"Well is this dog brown?"
"No, like I said, he's grey."
"Then that must be Bo. I'll be right there."
St. Pauli Girl jumped into the car and headed to Dairy Queen. As she drove, she felt relieved Bo successfully managed to cross six lanes of traffic without getting hit by a car. Then she realized that was even stranger because Bo was basically afraid of his own shadow. She parked the car and saw an older woman with a couple of kids and Bo sitting at an outdoor table.
"Thank you so much," St. Pauli Girl said.
"He didn't come running to you. Are you sure he's yours?"
"He started wagging his tail when he saw me." St. Pauli Girl walked up to Bo and began petting him. Then she noticed a white substance on his whiskers. "What's that on his face?"
"You fed him ice cream?"
"He got into my granddaughter's. Or maybe she gave him some. I don't know, but you owe me three dollars for the ice cream."
"What? Who told you to buy him ice cream?"
"Well my granddaughter couldn't rightly eat it after he stuck his snout in it."
St. Pauli Girl sighed. "I don't have three dollars on me."
The woman just waved and shook her head. "Never mind. You just get right on down to Petsmart right now and get him a tag."
St. Pauli Girl loaded Bo up in the car and drove off.
"Well Bo, I hoped you've learned your lesson. You're not planning on more adventures are you?"
Bo just licked his lips and stared out the window at the Dairy Queen as they drove away.