Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

White Wilderness Sled Dogs has had 100’s of dogs over the years. Shibe, named for the baseball stadium Shibe Park (later Connie Mack stadium) in Philadelphia is the first one to be granted the status of “house dog.” She is not yet a family pet as she is restricted to the downstairs, but she is an inside dog and very affectionate. I brought my camera but forgot the cable that connects it to my computer so words will have to do. Shibe is black with white paws, two white spots over her eyes and a mostly white lower muzzle. She has brown eyes.

Shibe had surgery in the fall and for such dogs, the downstairs is the recovery room for usually a week at most. For some reason, Shibe is still inside. She’s kind of like the greeter when people come into the office. She’s so well behaved and friendly that for customers who may be afraid of dogs, she’s a perfect first impression. Shibe still pulls a sled every now and then but one of the “reasons” she is inside is that she didn’t get her winter coat.

I imagine that Republicans would say that Shibe earned her special status and deserves it and should probably have her taxes cut too. I imagine some of us might look at her privileged status and wonder why her and why not one of the other 99 that are still outside. There aren’t really 99 dogs outside, but it was an irresistible point to make given this story.

Shibe is a special dog but it could be that being inside and being the only inside dog brought out the charming side to her personality. Given how intelligent these animals are, I choose to think that Shibe figured out her game plan while she was recovering from surgery and worked her plan to the max. She is after all the only inside dog ever at this place.

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