By Susan Conant
Lifeless and Doggone
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When Id seen them together at class, Id never been able to decide whether he was her husband or her son. The hapless one, I now saw, must be her son. The nonentity, I assumed, was the husband the pharmacist, Mr. Quigley. I suspect that Mimi sensed some tension and, lady that she was, decided to smooth the social waters by introducing everyone to everyone else. �Im Mimi Nichols, she said, extending her hand to the older man. �Austin Quigley, he said. �I already know her, Dad, Pete said ungraciously.
He was been ever since. I can tell. A. , which, in case you didnt know, is an advanced obedience title, Utility Dog, and Bucks idea of a compliment. Even so, ever since I moved to Cambridge and declined his offer to share the house in Maine with him and his wolf dogs hes been a little hurt. When he feels hurt, he can act petty. For instance, he never admits to reading Dogs Life, but I know he subscribes, and I know hes still sore at me because after every issue comes out, he finds a way to correct some tiny error in my column.
Of course, the shops in Harvard Square have dresses that dont coordinate with dog linens, but Rowdyd been with me every time Id been in the square lately. The shops dont allow dogs, and I didnt trust him alone there, even tied up. People steal dogs, and hed have gone with anyone. �Oh, still trying to decide, I said. It wasnt easy to decide how to tell Steve that Buck would have to come with us. Ive got four days left. And guess what? My fathers going to be here. Hes bringing Clyde. �I, uh, hadnt planned on going.