Just another day in the life


My Time With Arthur's Other Self.‏


Arthur had this huge Labrador Retriever that he called Self. This was no
ordinary dog, this was a hound from hell, at least seven feet tall standing on
his hind legs, which seemed to be his favorite posture.

From the moment we met, he gave me nothing but grief. He put those massive
paws on my shoulder and proceeded to head-butt me to the brink of
unconsciousness and I'm sure I saw a smile on his face when he did it.

One night in particular, I was at my house which was just down the hill
from where Arthur lived in Laurel Canyon. At about three am, I hear a loud
persistent banging at my door. I'm sure it's the cops, so I grab my stash and
flush it to Long beach. Later I find out It's self who is standing on his hind
legs, pounding at my door, again I know that dog did it on purpose.

To add insult to the considerable injury that dog caused me. One day while
giving Arthur a lift home in my beautiful Jaguar xk150 drop head coupe, a
ride that I truly loved. A show car with a finish of fifty coats of hand
rubbed black lacquer. We see Self running loose, so Arthur asked me to stop and
pick him up, against my better judgement, I did as he asked and let the dog
into my car.

To get to Arthur's house, you had to drive up a winding dirt road. So here
we are on a narrow road with this rambunctious animal trying to gain his
footing, when sure enough coming the other way was a Lincoln Continental. The
dog's foot hit the the gas pedal and crunch goes the sheet metal on my car,
it rippled from the front quarter panel all the way to the trunk.

I felt like crying, my beautiful hand rubbed lacquer was now lying in
sheets on the ground. We get out to surveil the damage, the Lincoln had nary a
scratch. I looked back and there was Self, lifting his hind leg on my tire and
grinning from ear to ear.

Just another day in the life!

Johnny Echols