Charlie’s Corner is the domain of Charlie, the furry four-legged lady’s man of Market Common. Each month, he’ll share information to help all new, visiting, and existing doggie community members get the most out of life alongside their human companions. Here, we’ll feature his reflections on what it’s like to be a dashing downtown doggie, as he reminds all of us how to play well together. This February, Charlie gets into the spirt of love more than usual, and makes plans for Valentine’s Day with his new love interest.
Oh boy! It’s the season of Loooooooove— better known as Valentine’s Day. And this year, rather than being paired up with a rather unlikely partner after being shot in my nether regions by cupid (my loyal fans, you know what I’m talking about— for everyone else, read the archives: www.coastalinsider.com), I have a girlfriend to share this special day with.
Her name is Winnie. And she is not a squirrel or a figment of my imagination— she is a dog, just like me. Of the maltipoo, or Bichon variety, I believe— but what’s in a classification anyway?
She’s perfect. I could just go on and on about how great she is. We first met at one of the local festivals here in the Market Common some months back. I really liked her style. I mean, she’s a maltipoo/Bichon, and everyone knows how adorable they are. But what drew me to her was her unique style—she has this certain je ne sais quoi if you know what I mean. (psst. secret aside: I need to brush up on my French because I think it is a more romantic language than English, so I am practicing now so as to impress la mi amore later this month. I think that was maybe a bit of Italian, but I’m not sure. I hope she won’t know either, and will just be impressed. I’ll just smile a lot and be my charming self. That usually does the trick.)
Anyhow, we kept bumping into one another since we’re both Market Common doggies, and run with the same circles. Every time I see her, she’s wearing a different hat. She has them custom-made down in Surfside. Now that’s classy. I was so impressed, I got one of my own. Maybe she knew how much I admired her, because now she comes to visit me often to show me her new outfit for the day. She is my one and only. This ladies man is retiring, to be a one-Winnie-doggie for life. We have so much in common in addition to both loving her outfits. We both like living that uptown, downtown Market Common life. She comes to the office to visit me pretty frequently, and I think she’s impressed by my journalism skills.
Every time she walks in the room, I just know it’s her. And I feel my little doggie heart go pitter patter. I’m trying to decide where to take her on our Valentine’s Day date. Perhaps my cherished tree in the dog park. Maybe I should keep it more urban though— perhaps underneath my special bench in the Market Common? I will probably bring her my favorite doggie biscuit, as I know she has a soft spot for treats. She’s just that sweet. Maybe she would enjoy a viewing of Lady and the Tramp and playing with my collection of prized chew toys. Now that’s an idea!
Stay tuned and I’ll tell you all about it next month.