Sunday, August 3, 2008

Day 18/365 I Live Next Door To Dolly Llama

Short sweet post today - then back to listing. This sweetie pie of a dog (boxer mix) is our new neighbor's dog. She was previously an indoor dog until they had their baby, who is now a year old. She tends to jump up (her worst habit), but otherwise is totally silent, and very observant and calm.

She lives in their backyard, in the perfect spot to look through my greenhouse window and watch me work. She also is interested in watching me weed my cucumbers, and loves to nap on the compost pile.

That calm, peaceful disposition is what contributed to my misunderstanding of their choice of names. They told us her name was Dalai. I immediately thought "Oh, like the Dalai Lama!"
And yes, she does have that all-knowing Zen, existential, quizzical look about her. I thought it was a wonderful name, and a perfect fit.

A couple days ago (about a month after learning her name), my DD corrected my perception (once again illustrating the huge gap between most of our neighbors and ourselves): Turns out the lovely pup was not named after His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She was named after DOLLY Parton.

Personally I just don't see the resemblance at all.

Now, all I can think of when I see her is Dolly Llama.


  1. I definitely see this dog more as a Dalai than a Dolly...but you know...they named her when she was young...maybe she liked playing with a guitar or something:)

  2. Dolly Parton! Thanks for the laugh!

  3. What a shame that she had to change her entire lifestyle, from inside and center of attention to outside and not the center of attention. Must have been hard on her. Makes me sad.

  4. What a face - her expression is priceless!

  5. It makes me sad too - the new neighbors are very nice -virtual saints compared to the old ones (they kicked their dogs). They go out and visit her, and gave her a very long yard-wide run plus she has an entire little shed/barn to call her own with an insulated igloo doghouse inside of it with 5 gallons of fresh water. She just seems lonely, so we go out and see her whenever we're out there. I think they didn't know how to handle the transition between dog to baby, and make it dog *and* baby. Plus they just moved two states, and so its a whole new place on top of everything else for Dolly (for them too, but, well, they're human and it was their idea). We give her a lot of ear-scratches and always say hi.