by Jerry Guarino
Have you noticed how many
doodle dogs there are? There are Labradoodles,
Schnoodles, Yorkiepoos, Cockapoos, Oodles and
even Poos (Im not kidding). A doodle dog is
a cross between a poodle and another dog breed.
This is the story of a lonely female labradoodle
named Boston, named after where she was born, but
now in the Pacific Northwest neighborhood of
Marley and Jeri (please read Vegan Dog and Stoned Cat).
People buy doodle dogs
because they dont give off allergic dander.
But no one could have imagined that Boston would
be allergic to dog dander. So, it was hard to
make friends. After Bostons owners moved,
they let her out for a while near the pond.
Vegan Dog was the first to
greet the newcomer. Hey, who are you?
he said with a smile.
Im Boston. My
owners just moved here. Whats your name?
They call me Vegan
Dog, because my owners are vegan. Its a
long story. Why dont you come closer so I
I cant. Im
allergic to dogs.
Vegan Dog jumped back a
little. Allergic? I thought doodle dogs
We are to humans, but
Im allergic to the dander of dogs.
Man, thats sad.
Boston was impressed with
Vegan Dog. You seem to be in good shape.
How do you do it?
My owners are vegan,
so I have to eat grains and vegetables. Its
Sorry. Next time I
get a juicy bone, Ill bring it out to you.
Vegan Dog was also
interested in Boston. Thats so kind.
Are you sure you cant come closer?
Boston walked over to Vegan Dog. It took a minute,
but then. Achoo. Sorry. Boston walked
about 10 feet away. This happens everywhere
Ive lived. I cant make friends.
Boston cried a little.
Ill be your
friend. Dont your owners know about this?
Havent they taken you to the vet?
I left notes by my
dog bowl, but no response.
Yeah, I know how that
Well, its nice
to know you care. Guess well have to be
friends at a distance.
Suddenly, duck landed next
to them. Hi dogs. Someone new in the hood?
This is Boston, duck.
She just moved here, but shes allergic to
Duck flapped her wings.
You dont say. What about cats?
Boston shook her head.
Yeah, cats too. But I seem to be all right
around birds. Would you be my friend?
Duck hesitated. Not
sure we hang around the same places. But when I
see you at the pond, Ill be friendly.
I think I may know
someone who can help. Vegan Dog raced over
to Stoned Cats house and barked outside an
open window. Stoned Cat sat on the sill.
Theres a dog
out here who is allergic to dander.
Stoned Cat was taken aback.
How is that possible?
Well, she just is.
Does your owner have anything for allergies?
This house is a drug
store. Wait here. Stoned Cat was only a
minute, carrying several boxes of anti-histamines.
Vegan Dog took the pills to Boston at the pond.
Try one of these.
How do I get them out
of the package?
Hmm. I didnt
think of that.
Duck volunteered. Here,
let me try. Duck wrestled the package with
his beak while flapping his wings. No luck.
A chipmunk nearby heard
them. Let me try. With tiny claws and
sharp teeth, the chipmunk was able to get a few
of the pills to fall out of their packaging.
Boston licked up two pills,
then drank some water from the pond. Thanks.
Whats your name?
Boston moved closer to
Vegan Dog. Hmm. No sneezing yet.
Thanks to Stoned Cats
drug supply and the help of some of his friends,
Boston and Vegan Dog got to be friends. In fact,
their friendship evolved into a romantic summer
by the pond.
Doodle by Jerry Guarino
Copyright August, 2019 All Rights Reserved