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Friday, June 15, 2018

Old Dog … New Trick … Hmmmmm

The first Dog Ears dog, 1993-2007

We learned years ago in our household that an old dog is perfectly capable of learning a new trick. Our old dog, Nikki, was not the sharpest tool in the box. No matter. She was a stunning athlete, and she needed me. Then late in life, after many years with us, she accidentally pawed her water dish and flipped it over and was rewarded with having it immediately filled. Imagine our surprise when she took that lesson to heart and began to “flip her dish” whenever it was empty and she wanted to let us know it needed filling. "She flipped her dish! She figured something out!"

Another trick she learned even later was how to open a door. For years, even when a door was ajar, unless it was open wide enough to permit her passage, that dog would simply stand there, patiently, nose pointing in the direction she wanted to go, waiting for someone to push the door open for her. Then one day -- probably accidentally -- she pushed it herself. Hey, it worked! Success went to her head, and she pushed doors open many times in her remaining years. She even, to her dog dad’s dismay, learned to scratch at a door to request admittance. It was to my dismay that one oft-scratched door received a new coat of paint after my sweet girl was gone. 

Nikki and dog mom at Good Harbor, years ago
But this post isn’t really about dogs. It’s about me and my bookselling life. Twenty-five years in the trade, and I’ve never taken credit cards, but today I made my first credit card sale. Sigh! To say I was reluctant would be an understatement. To say I was apprehensive, again, would hardly cover the territory. But today I processed a sale with a credit card. 

So the old dog has learned a new trick. She has been dragged, at last, kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century. I’m not done with learning yet.

Me with Dog Ears dog 2, the beautiful Sarah


Deborah said...

My dear sister you'll never be done with learning new things!

Sarah Shoemaker said...

And what is it you are reading there in your comfy chair, Pamela? Is it . . . Could it be . . . Yes, once again you are reading MR. ROCHESTER!!?? Don't you know the story by heart now? But how happy it makes me to see someone reading it.

Carla Cunningham said...

Hi Pamela,
Just sat down to read your blogs for the past month or so.
It is my time to relax and listen to another voice who takes the time t o reflect, study and share thoughts.

We have sent our proposal to eight different publishing houses, and will send out more soon.

Wish we lived closer so we could have dialogue like Plato and his good friend, Theatetus ( think I spelled his name wrong) did!
We don't have to agree on everything, but we can learn from each other.

by the way: When do you go to bed to be able to be up at 4???

I love that early morning quiet time, but for some odd reason we seem to stay up too late!!!!!!!!!!!!

thanks for all you do and will do.