As you can imagine, there’s a story behind this picture.
It started with curiosity. Have you ever wondered how many times you’ve done a certain thing—like climb the stairs in your house? I have. Were you ever curious about how many times you’ve breathed. Or how many times you’ve said, “Carl, don’t gulp down your food.” I consider this to be natural human curiosity—nothing odd or distorted or sick about it. I’m certain you agree.
For the most part the answers to these perfectly normal questions cannot be determined. But there is one exception. The age-old question I refer to is, “I wonder how far I walked today?”
My caring wife understands my natural desire for knowledge and she gave me a pedometer for Christmas. How cool! Now I can know for sure. I put the devise to instant use.
Late one night, while Carl and I watched a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show, my Corgi admitted that he also had the same curiosity. He ended his confession with an emotional, heart-strings-tugging plea, “Can I borrow your pawdometer?”
Gazing at his trembling lip and at the tears forming at the corners of his eyes, I replied, “No.”
His lip stiffened and the questionable tears ceased.
I suspected he had been acting. “Only because it was made for humans and it won’t work on you.”
“How could a paw-do-meter not be made for dogs? We have paws you know.”
“It’s a ‘pedometer.’ It attaches to your belt. It’s bulky, comparatively speaking. It’s calibrated for two legs. Now, if you can overcome those obstacles, you’re welcome to borrow my new toy.” I thought I had settled the matter—but the photo proved me wrong.
Lesson to be learned: Never underestimate Carl’s desire to be like his favorite human—me.