Have you heard about the two new residents of the White House that even have Republicans cooing and blushing with adoration? Yep. I’m talking about the two new First Dogs, Champ and Major, not the President and First Lady. Here is a conversation they had the other day when Champ was orienting Major into political life.
Major: Wow! These digs beat Delaware by a landslide.
Champ: Be careful of the voting language, Bub. Pop gets sensitive about that. Have you heard we’ve rocked the stock market with our new lines in books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, notebooks, vinyl stickers, and even a Twitter page?
Major: Yay! The Republicans will love us.
Champ: And did you know that Donald Trump was the first president in 100 years not to have a pet in the White House?
Major: No way! That’s why he was so surly. Even a goldfish could have helped him.
Champ: (thoughtfully) He was into gold, they say. But presidents love dogs and dogs provide wise counsel just by listening. And dogs never leak any secrets. I’ve heard that Barney, that pesky little terrier of President Bush’s time, used to run around the office while important discussions reverberated about Iraq and no one paid any attention to him. But he heard everything. And nothing leaked. Although Barney did take a nip out of the finger of a reporter once. Probably thought the guy was going to write something he shouldn’t.
Major: Good thing no one took Barney to a pet psychic. They’re pretty good at divulging what’s on a dog’s mind. Imagine the CIA looking into a dog psychic. I kid you not. Animal Planet had this story on pet psychics which I watched with Pop once. Very scary stuff.
Champ: Which reminds me. Take it from me, your older brother. Be nice to everyone. Pop is all about finding common ground. Look, I came from a breeder and you came from a shelter and we get along! Pop hopes to help both sides of the aisle in both the Senate and the House to get along. It’s the only way to get things done for the good of all. Be friendly to Republicans as well as Democrats. No matter what you may have heard. But, do not take any treats from anyone visiting our Pop in the Oval Office. They may want to curry favor that way, but think of what the Russians are accusing Putin of these days. Poisoning one of his own citizens! Just sayin! Be careful of certain foreign visitors. Some might think your collar is wired. So, if they go to pet you be nice but gently pull away if they start fingering your collar! North Koreans, Russians, they’re big on that Cold War stuff. I mean, we can’t take chances fella. Let’s say that some Senator has a hissy fit over something Pop has done and he storms into the office. Keep your nose on the floor but your eyes wide open. Attack only if Pop is attacked. We German Shepherds are like the Navy Seals, instinctively tough, but gentle of heart!
Major: Mom said that because the Obamas had two dogs and they had so much mail from kids, Michelle Obama had to hire a secretary for them. Wow! I have gone from homeless on Delaware streets to a shelter and now to this? Great lesson, ain’t it? Now I’ll be welcoming dignitaries, getting healthy meals, dictating to our secretary, playing with grandchildren, and cozying up in front of the fireplace. What a life!
Champ: But, as Pop always says, remember where you came from.
Reflection by Major
Major moves to the fireplace, curls up placing head on carpet. He prays:
Lo! God of love, I know You love all of us furry, feathered, finned, and hard hide creatures and it hurts you to see so many of us neglected, rejected, hungry, homeless. And this includes humans, too. So many are neglected in the same ways. Wow! We have a lot of work to do helping others. But our Pop is up to it. Will you help him? I promise to be a good assistant with Champ, always there when he needs us. We’ll do it for the good of the nation as well as for Pop. I’ve noticed he likes to pray so I’m taking a chance with this homemade prayer. Hope you like it and will answer it. I mean every word. Bye now. No one’s around. Time for a snooze!
I’m inviting everyone, my Anonymous Angels, all who read this blog to join in prayer for our new President and the Congress in hopes of healing and making greater peace for the common good.