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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Heads up! Clifton's in the car

It's starting to feel like the dog days of summer up here in Massachusetts, so what better time than now to share some dog stories?

Most people dread their traffic-infested commute to work. I don't. I've got Clifton, my dog and Alpha mascot, in the passenger seat most days giving me endless amounts of amusement. And if it's a beautiful morning, the windows are down and Clifton's ears are flapping in the wind.

But being the nosy dog he is, he can't see everything that's going on if he's only looking out the passenger-side window. So he does the next best thing. He bumps his head on the sunroof until I open it.

When I slide it back, Clifton pops his head right through it with a big, open grin. Now he has a 360 degree view of everything. All he needs next is pair of goggles and a cape to be identical to Snoopy's Red Barron impression in the Peanuts comic strip.

It's a hilarious sight to see, and it gives other drivers a good chuckle when they look up and find a fuzzy brown head sticking out of the roof of my car. Are your commutes to work as much fun as mine? Tell me about them or share a dog story of your own in a comment.


Anonymous said...

It's funny, but could be you have trouble with high-way patrol.
Be careful !

Bridget said...

I chuckle every time I see a dog in a car on my way to work. You probably make people's morning, Richard! I might be stuck in the worst traffic (which is almost every morning coming from the South Shore into Boston), but if I happen to glance next to me and see a dog staring at me with a big goofy grin and a giant tongue, how can I not smile?

Pete Lyons said...

When I was a boy back in 60s we had a Chevy Impala convertible and a awesome Shepherd mix named Baron. One day Baron and I were in the back seat as my dad was driving on a country road in NH when Baron spotted a bunch of cows and started to bark at them. This wasn't uncommon but what he did next was. He hopped out of the seat onto the back trunk of the moving car and was barking and car-surfing as we motored down the road. I yelled for my dad and he braked and Baron went flying off the car. Luckily Baron was a tough dog and other than a little limp for a day or two he was no worse for wear.

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