One of my favorite books is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. A student gave it to me some 20 years ago in a Critical Thinking class. She (correctly) noted that The Phantom Tollbooth and Beyond Feelings, our textbook, said the same thing.
In the Phantom Tollbooth there’s a dog named “Tock.” He is a “watch” dog.
For a long time, I just thought this was a cute pun to attract kids. But today, 85 degrees F (29C) my dogs had to go for a walk at 2 pm. That is Bear’s customary hour for a walk. This summer I haven’t been able to “tock” (ha ha) her out of it and go in the evenings. Every other year of her life, but not this year. I don’t know why. Maybe the big change of No More Dusty has made her a little more rigid than usual.
So, out we went. Luckily there are a lot of grassy and shady places around the high school and we just went there, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, practicing sit and heel for .77 miles. Throughout this meditation (ha ha) I thought that maybe Norton Juster was saying more with Tock than just making a cute pun on “watch dog”. I also have to figure out another way to reset Bear’s clock.