Friday, September 19, 2008

Jasper Vs. the Cereal Box

Tonight Jasper discovered an empty cereal box that I was planning on throwing away when I leave to meet friends later tonight. I took a few pictures of him playing with it, and even got a few cute shots of him halfway inside the box, then turned back to what I was doing (researching places to visit in Ireland).

I heard Jasper continuing to growl at the box and wrestle with it, and I laughed to myself while I was looking up historic sites in Dublin. Then, inexplicably, I heard Jasper whimper. I turned around, and at first saw nothing but the cereal box, now standing upright with a strange bulge. I was a bit confused at first, until another whimper led me to discover where Jasper had gotten to.

Yes, the cereal box apparently won the wrestling match. I grabbed the camera:

The next few minutes were among the most amusing of my entire week, as I watched Jasper attempting to free himself from his box captor. First, he pushed his butt up in the air, but that didn't seem to help, so he managed to turn himself over and then looked to me for assistance.

Yes, I did finally stop taking pictures and help the dog get out of the cereal box. Yessir, that's my boy!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"