One of my favorite scenes was when the dogs have cornered a squirrel on the top of a swing set, and are trying to swing in order to reach the "bushy tailed threat". At one point, Stick Dog advises the dogs to close their eyes while they are swinging, like children do. In a brilliant series on one line paragraphs, Stick Dog is complicit in helping the squirrel escape. Other clever scenes included the boat rescue ("we'll just PRACTICE you throwing the rope to me..."), and the dogs defining "airport" and "blockade". Karen is, of course, my favorite character after Stick Dog. Her allegiance to her own truth is so steadfast and yet so overwhelmingly wrong!
Stick Dog is the panacea we need for 2020. He is a philosopher. When Karen can't sleep because Mutt's stomach is rumbling, Stick Dog tells her that while Mutt can't help it, she can control how she reacts to it. (Or, as Thomas Monson said "We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.")He is also a comedian. So many of the dogs antics gave caused me to chuckle deeply, which is definitely the medicine we need for this challenging year.
While I was sad that Lucy was on vacation with her human and so her relationship with Stick Dog not build, it only made me look forward to book twelve with greater longing. While Stick Dog and his friends have survived admirably in the wild, I just want to give them all healthy food, warm and comfortable beds, and access to health care. It goes without saying that Stick Dog's care and management of his friends has earned tummy rubs for the rest of his life.