Our Penny is a strange dog.
There are times when I wish she could talk, though doubtless then I would wish that she would shut the fuck up. She has this strange habit of developing a fascination for a particular spot and then spends hours just staring at it. I would love to know what that's about.
Last year when we were on holidays, she picked a spot in the grass beside the lane. The lane is long and grassy so why she picked this particular spot is beyond me. Any spare time she had, she would lie staring at this same spot, presumably waiting for something to happen.
I called that spot Penny's Hole.
After we got home, one day she vanished. I found her in the front garden lying on the grass staring at a spot in the hedge. She had found Penny's Hole V2.0. In the days since, whenever she disappears she is nearly always in the front garden staring at her hole.
Naturally I wondered what would happen when we returned to the same holiday spot this year.
There she was – exactly the same spot – staring at her hole again.
Maybe she saw a mouse or a grasshopper or something a year ago? Maybe she has a vivid imagination?
If I ask anyone why my dog insists on staring at her hole all day, I just get funny looks.
Whatever the reason though, she has a fucking great memory.