Tub Time

22 Dec

Richard jumped into the tub just as the local classical radio station’s Winter Wonderland Sing-Along began. That’s perfect, I thought. It will help pass the ten minutes Richard has to stay in the tub to let the medicated shampoo work its magic.

The program opened with a professional musician running listeners through some vocal warm-ups. As I buzzed my lips and fa-la-la-ed my way up the scale, Richard cocked his head at my silliness. I broke into a round of Deck the Halls, along with the radio. Richard cocked his head the other way.

And I began to wonder, could Richard howl?

To a basset owner, there is no sound more beautiful than the baying of a hound. Of my five bassets, only Louie, my only male until Richard, could howl. I once amazed musical friends with a clip of him howling, in time, to the Hallelujah chorus. He was one-of-a-kind.

As the radio moved from Deck the Halls to Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming and O Holy Night. My French-Canadian mother, who was no singer, always called that last one, Minuit Chrétien. We’d run for cover when she sang it, but it might just be the perfect song to see if Richard could howl.

I sang along.

He looked at me.

I decided he needed more intervention and dropped the words.

I howled.

He looked at me in silence.

Then I heard a low rumble from his chest. Richard moaned, and before long we were howling together. In the bathroom. A Covid Christmas carol.

Wishing you all the happiest of HOWLIDAYS!

10 Responses to “Tub Time”

  1. Christine December 22, 2020 at 7:40 am #

    Your post brought such joy to me. Thank you for the cheery slice.
    My mom was a beautiful singer and her signature song was Oh Holy Night. She passed ten years ago and I can’t hear that title without weeping, until now! This story had me smiling, chuckling, and weeping!

    • Adrienne December 22, 2020 at 7:41 am #

      I am glad to hear it brought you some joy in this crazy year

  2. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) December 22, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    That brought a smile!

  3. Diane Cherry December 22, 2020 at 8:14 am #

    🥲🥰

    Sent from Diane’s iPhone

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  4. Maureen Y Ingram December 22, 2020 at 8:17 am #

    Love this! Happy Howlidays!!

  5. William Armstrong December 22, 2020 at 9:32 am #

    So happy for both of you. We all need some joy in this dreadful year. Merry Christmas,

  6. Lisa Corbett December 22, 2020 at 9:53 am #

    That is the best! Maybe he has not been encouraged to howl before. You’ll need to record this after he’s had more practice. 🙂 ALSO, my daughter (age 9) says she’ll be stealing Richard from you first chance she gets.

    • Adrienne December 22, 2020 at 9:54 am #

      Tell you daughter I am guarding him with my life!

  7. arjeha December 22, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    I couldn’t help but smile as I read this. Maybe Richard has a future in music. Merry Christmas to you and to Richard.

  8. jumpofffindwings December 23, 2020 at 5:20 am #

    I love this and the voice coaching you gave Richard. Now every holiday can be a HOWLiday. Have a terrific break, you and Richard taking long walks and enjoying some time for your crafty self.

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