The plan was to get a charger for our digital camera. But inexplicably, I came home with an English bulldog.

These were not my plans but I am now housing a dog of indeterminate age that alarmingly resembles Blas. Jack has enormous eyes, a heavy belly that sweeps the floor, and a hip swinging swagger. The family resemblance is undeniable.

I don’t want a dog, especially after the 14 precious years I spent with Ajax. I can’t imagine doing this all over again. In fact, I believe someone somewhere must have a signed oath wherein I swore never to have a pet again.

Despite these proclamations, B and the children have managed to sneak all 40 lbs of Jack into our home.

My newly recharged camera will document his every misdeed.

October 12, 2009