THE CHALLENGE. A man (Captain Savage). A woman (Rose). A quest. To earn enough karmic points by Christmas to be reincarnated as Something Nice. But what should Gooch be reincarnated as? After all, she’s pretty much already at the top of the tree….
This week, all the points go not to me, but to Gucci – pictured above.
Stuffed into a shopping bag (so the staff wouldn’t notice), Gucci visited elderly Mr L in his old-age hostel, and sat on my lap listening to his war stories with rapt attention and impeccable good manners. On the way out, we passed about a dozen old people sitting about looking bored in chairs, waiting. Waiting is something you do a lot of in old people’s hostels, I get the impression. They looked bored, not to say comatose.
But that all changed when Gucci trotted out. Everybody wanted a cuddle and a hold. The Gooch was a bit nonplussed, but took it all in her stride – a born lapdog, professional to the core. Eyes brightened, arms reached out, people smiled and remembered their own pets long left behind.
I expect the fleas enjoyed the change, too.