Apparently, Chief frequently calls Margaret in the early morning hours, on his antiquated flip top phone (refer to previous Chief blog) to discuss all sorts of topics, from humans to politics. On one call, an astounded Chief asked Margaret what she thought about a well-known Democratic presidential candidate being reprimanded for schnuffling the top of someone’s head. Margaret was the perfect human for him to ask, and they have discussed this topic in depth (thus the inception of this blog). Chief added that humans, in general, are confounding. He complained “his humans” call him a “horse”, when he is in fact, a mule. He snorts with indignation at the sign on our fence:
HORSES ON PROPERTY, KEEP GATES SHUT
Signage that should say “equines”, not “horses”, is a sticking point for him. These issues, and more, he and Margaret discuss in detail.
As for their political discourses, one needs to know that Margaret is a staunchly conservative Republican. I am surprised that Chief has influenced her to (emotionally) cross the partisan aisle in favor of a schnuffling Democrat. Margaret will always vote representing her party, but Chief’s influential play upon her is powerful, and she respects his views.
Margaret keeps her confidences and rarely spills details of her conversations with Chief. But the discussions about our errant signage and schnuffling she shared with me, because she feels as strongly about these subjects as Chief does. The signage is pedantic stuff. However, the act of schnuffling has been tossed between them in multiple conversations. Schnuffling could lead to nipping, which is definitely not acceptable. But they both agree that demonizing schnuffling could cost us more than we could ever gain, and it puts out the message that we humans are unable to handle a relatively benign situation. Chief maintains the subject who does not want to be schnuffled, must clearly let him know, and he would immediately cease. He asserts his shamed Democrat friend would follow the same protocol. Chief declares he and his friend are both affectionate, uncomplicated chaps, and if we can’t handle the likes of them, we could get into treacherous waters with bonafide asses that are potentially dangerous and cleverly manipulative.