I had hoped that having left China, we would have also left behind goofy conversations about our dog. What was I thinking? Of course we’ll have goofy conversations about our little foreign pup. We’ll just have them in English now!
Case in point – here’s the conversation I had this morning with a sweet little old lady while her dog jumped around like a maniac at her feet:
Woman: Oh look, you have two! What kind are they?
Me: Well, this one is a cocker spaniel, and this one is from China. We don’t know what she is. They didn’t even know over there.
Woman: China China?
Me: Yep. China. The country.
Woman (looking directly at Scout): I bet you have a story to tell about how you got here!
Me: Yes, a long, complicated and expensive tale. But she was only $9 to begin with so . . .
Woman (still speaking to Scout): DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
Me, laughing: Yes, she does.
Woman: Did she come on an airplane?
Me: Uh . . . yep. She did.
Woman: Well, she’s beautiful! Have a blessed day!
Me: You too!
Ah yes. We have a weird dog. She goes well with our weird lives.
Here she is, our weird dog.