the smell of my desperation has become a stench

In his natural habitat

I’ve long thought that somewhere in Chuck’s lineage is a Basenji:

The Basenji is highly intelligent, but he has a stubborn streak a mile wide. The phrase “willing to please,” used to describe so many breeds, is unknown to him. A Basenji may know perfectly well all the commands you teach him, but whether he actually performs them will always be in question. He may think first and then obey, or he may decide there’s really no good reason to do as you ask. Instead, Basenjis use their intelligence to demand your attention and get you to provide whatever it is they need or want.

Ahem. Yeah.

While I was out walking the dogs in Duchesne Coco would run ahead, herd Chuck for a bit, and then run right back. Chuck? Chuck was busy hunting. He chased a rabbit, found and almost killed a lizard, and then got stuck in a bush trying to pin down some other wild animal. He was oblivious to everything else and he loved it. Look at him smiling. What a long overdue adventure for this old man.

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