We had dinner in a lovely chateau in France, causing some delay in my response to another great story, Allan.

To honor both you and Merle, I offer a classic song with a little twist. We hear Das Drumphus begging to find him a fitting dog.

How much is that doggie in the window?

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

The one with the Scottish genome?

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

I order you to bring it home

I must take a trip to Mar-a-Lago

To clobber a bogey or two

If you find a dog to hunt my balls down

I tell you that doggie will do

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

The one with dandelion hue

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

My deal includes one doggy loo

Macron and that horrible Merkel

Are hunting me down in my dreams

I need a mad dog to protect me

Because nobody loves me it seems

I don’t want a bunny or a kitty

I don’t want a twit or a lark

I don’t want a bunch of stupid puppies

My dog just has jaws like a shark

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

The one with the Scottish genome?

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)

I order you to bring it home

(In loving memory of Patty Page and Doris Day)

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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