Above is our new pup's first email, which he produced by walking delicately across the keyboard in my lap. At 15 weeks, he already shows promise as a writer. Who knew? Notice how he began his story with a comma. Startling and brilliant. He has a unique voice.
And we have a name! My friend Ellen gave me a short list of names from the delightful Fleischer cartoon story of Gulliver's Travels. As background, 12 years ago, Hubby named our little girl Lilliput after the Kingdom of Lilliput, since she is Lilliputian in size. Two pounds. InGulliver's Travel, there is also a neighboring kingdom to Lilliput called Blefescu, ruled by King Bombo. The daughter of King Little of Lilliput is to marry the son of King Bombo of Blefescu. King Little says the wedding song should be Lilliput's anthem, "Faithful", while King Bombo says it should be Belfescu's anthem, "Forever". War is declared. Such is the way of many wars. Since our Lilliput is now at war (giving the pup the evil eye), the new pup rightfully needs to be equipped with the name King Bombo. It is bombastically appropriate for a pup that tops out at 1 pound 6 ounces and may be as small as Lilliput when full grown. And it is a name with two Bs, like that of my dearly departed Bubba. When Lilliput raises her lips to snarl, King Bombo just stares appreciatively, as if he thinks she is about to sing her anthem.
In addition to having writing skills, Bombo is talented at producing Hollywood snow. While I was writing an email and oblivious to what he was doing, he shredded tissue all over the bed. Wags all around. Good boy! He also has special needs. He has a cleft palate. We hold our breath when he eats and snorts and coughs. We eat our knuckles when liquid squirts out of his nose. Lilliput is in a spotlight of sun, sulking. I will soon put her in a snuggly and carry her around and tell her she is beautiful and the sweetest thing in the world when she is not snarling and hissing like an evil character from Fellini's Satryicon. Bombo is still in housetraining mode and he will be back in his 10-panel pen, equipped with his toys, a cuddly bed, and his wee-wee pad, plus a lixit bottle of water and food. He is actually quite content in his kingdom. Only occasionally does he give yappy edicts to let him out to piddle on the carpet.
Our hearts overflow with Nature's Miracle. We are a happy family.
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