Important Rule Of Thumb

An important rule of thumb when mowing grass while five dogs are in the yard:
If it has four legs and a tail
and isn’t green, don’t mow it!

This blog has suffered a dry spell due to my unusually unrelenting work load the last couple of weeks There has been no corresponding dry spell outdoors, however.

Which means that our ever-lusher grass cover has shown me no mercy, no matter how convincingly I have tried to explain my need to juggle pressing deadlines indoors instead of spending time guiding a machine across uneven terrain while revealing to random onlookers how far I have fallen since the days many decades ago when I was a moderately trim young hottie on the make in gay bars.

Anyway, I hope to resume posting updates here with more regularity soon. In the meantime, meet our tenant Elizabeth (above, seen not mowing) who with her husband Jake has generously contributed four dogs to our backyard canine collection. Pearl is the white beauty beside Elizabeth in the snapshot. The smaller, blacker dog at center stage is Dukie, followed by Harpua and our own semi-dalmatian Lulu. And I can’t swear to it, but I believe that’s fifth dog Leroy’s tail peeking out from behind my work gloves.

There are also two cats in Elizabeth and Jake’s apartment upstairs (Fee and Harry), but they remain discretely indoors out of deference to Lulu’s hunting heritage, which is expressed in the form of horrifying fates visited upon the possums and woodchucks who have unwisely ventured into her backyard territory.

(Incidentally, if you look beyond the green wire fencing in the background you will see what our yard would look like if left unmowed for, say, three weeks during the Massachusetts rainy season.)

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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0 Responses to Important Rule Of Thumb

  1. mthomases says:

    You still look adorable.