Oh Shaun, I just love that…..
Perhaps I should begin at the beginning. About a week ago I was driving up the hill and noticed a new hiker. Pulling into the garage, I went for the mail and who walks by but that very same person who asked me if I wasn’t concerned to see a strange man walking the hill. “No” says I and we began to chat. Turns out this fellow is from Texas and has two Huskies. Well, he immediately qualifies for the Parker household and I invite him in to meet Charles, telling him Charles left Texas for Harvard where he learned to say ‘ridiculous’ instead of b@#*!*#@t. Turns out ‘Shaun’ is a pilot who flies private corporate jets out of Houston and also flew some fancy special plane made by General Dynamics where Charles worked selling submarines to the Navy. Whew…that’s a mouthful! Anyway, they had a lot in common and I had dog walking in mind. Since Shaun was in such a walking mood, I asked him if he’d want to take Kita out for a stroll. Perhaps to the park? ”Sure” answers Shaun as I wonder if he has any idea what he’s getting into. “Shaun, I’m leaving now to go to my mom’s so just bring Kita back ‘whenever’….bye bye.” And off I go.
Now I should tell you that originally Shaun and his co-pilot were to have stayed at the airport Marriot but it was full so they were at the Burbank Holiday Inn in ‘beautiful downtown Burbank’. I tell you that so you have some idea of how far he walked to get to the house…….after first going up and down a couple of other hills. Keep in mind that the park is not only down the hill but over several blocks. That all adds up to Olympian walking!
Shaun phoned the next morning before takeoff back to Houston and told me they had a great walk EXCEPT Kita just sat in the street the last 500 yards, refusing to go any further and so Shaun CARRIED all of her 63 lbs. the rest of the way!
It should be noted that Shaun’s been back in town and game to not only walk but RUN with Kita on this hill!