I'm always bragging about Brutus & Carmen and their accomplishments. I try not to do it TOO often on the blog, because as impressive as a bulldog in a performance venue is, if you aren't into that sort of thing it can get old in a hurry. So today, it's time to brag about our tribal elder, Mason.
If you haven't followed us for long, you probably don't know much about Mason. He's our 12.5 year-old chocolate lab, who has patiently tolerated the comings-and-goings of 3 different dogs in his life. He not much of a blogger, more of a go-with-the-flow, low-maintenance kinda guy. He's shown up in maybe 10% of our posts, but definitely has his own fan base!!
Other than being unquestionably loyal, one of Mason's biggest attributes are his toiletry habits. Long gone are the days when he had to go 12+ hours while Paul was a "single dad" away at work, but still Mason's bladder has a legendary capacity to "hold it". More impressively, somewhere along the line Mason learned to "go poo-poo" on command. Seriously. Don't know how we did it, but if you tell the ol' guy to go, he'll try his darnedest to oblige (and he is a prolific pooper, so it's not usually too difficult).
Last fall when we traveled up to New England during our maiden Earlventure, Mason got into the habit of leaving his "trademark" in each state we drove through. Believe it or not, he was able to keep that streak going through our trip out West this past summer, as well as our most recent trek down south.
That being said, Mason has now pooped in a total of (drumroll, please...) 26 states!! Not sure if anyone is keeping track of that kind of statistic, but his total is surely noteworthy.
A strange brag? Yes, I'd say so. But hey, a guy is good at what a guy is good at, ya know??
|Watch and learn, my young Paduans....|
When he's not traveling around the country in Big Earl, Mason enjoys copious napping and shedding as pastimes. Paul is always saying that Mason is "the BEST dog EVER", and he may be right. Anyone who could help raise two fiercely energetic Frenchies has to be remarkable, after all!