April 13, 2008
I did not get the chance to finish this post below, but I would like to make a statement about what a good friend I have in Fr. John Moneypenny.
As visitors to this blog know, Dante has been staying with me while Fr. John was in Italy and has become a regular fixture at my house, whether for playdates with my own dog, Josie, or even before we got Josie and I would go by and pick up Dante for trips to the dog park (a great stress reliever for me). Although we are a small parish in physical size of the church, we presently have nearly 4,000 registered families at St. Joseph and that has kept its pastor very, very busy - and unable to make a trip to the dog park himself, so the chance to take Dante for an outing was a win-win-win situation (a win for Fr. John, a win for me, and a win for Dante).
On Easter Sunday, Fr. John dropped off Dante at my house as he would be staying with us while Fr. John went to Italy. As Fr. John told me, it was sitting in our backyard and watching the two dogs play that he began to think that maybe Dante would be happier in our home. And after coming back from Italy, and some long thoughts, and seeing pictures of Dante with Josie at the dog park and beach, Fr. John graciously extended the invitation to me to keep Dante.
Of course, how could I say no, especially since I have grown accustomed to my daily walks with Puppy Girl and Teddy Bear Boy as I nauseatingly call the two pups. But I would like to make some points:
1. Dante will still carry the surname "Moneypenny" because (a) I am not in the practice of giving my dogs my surname and (b) the name Dante Moneypenny sounds quirky and fun.
2. Dante will still be the "official" parish dog for St. Joseph Church and yes, Ladies of the Parish Staff, I will bring him by for occasional visits. However, I think it would be nice if Josie became the "co-official" parish dog as she is named for our patron.
3. Anytime Fr. John wants to visit with Dante, the welcome mat is out. But then, having become a good friend of our family, the welcome mat is always out for Fr. John.
4. I do not think Fr. John knows how much I appreciate his offer and what it means to me to have this dog. I have always loved dogs and this guy has earned a special place in my heart. Thank you.