I was thrilled this morning to see that Shop Dog (that's what we call him)--the inspiration for my story of the same name--had wandered out of the mechanic shop where he usually hangs out. He was on the street corner, and I was able to whip out my iPhone and capture a photo of my little muse. "Hi, Shop Dog!" What a cutie!
He lives at the auto repair shop pictured below, which is on the way to my kids' school. On any given day, if you peek into the dark cavern that is the shop's entryway, you are likely to see this charming little dog sitting serenely among the tough-looking mechanics, tires, tool boxes, and cars--like a mini mascot.
I don't know what his real story is...but, clearly, he's worthy of one! So I decided it was my job to write it. "Hey, little guy...hope I did you proud!"