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Nothin’ but a hound dog

Bulb planting organizer Paul Matwiow, left, with volunteers Kate Maxwell, Kathy Langley and Sally Ann Parsons in Callicoon, NY. Maxwell’s pup, Daisy, looks on as Dharma digs a hole off camera.


October 23, 2013

Okay, I give up. My never-ending effort to stand on my own two feet and crawl out of the shadow of my dog’s popularity has failed. I’m waving the white flag, admitting defeat and giving in. Some of you would argue that I created this monster, but the simple truth is that no one is to blame. It is what it is, and I’m now sanguine about the whole affair. I live with a celebrity and am hanging on for dear life. If she had opposable thumbs, I’d be out of a job and still, the popular consensus is that Dharma writes this column, while I just drive her around. So be it.

While making plans to attend country crooner Ryan Broshear’s show in Bethel, NY (www.dancingcatsaloon.com), I glanced at my twitter feed (@jonathanfoxIMHO) and cringed. Broshear was tweeting (@ryanbroshear) about his visit to Sullivan County and had this to say: “Looking forward to coming to Bethel, NY next Friday to perform @The Cat Saloon. Hope to catch up with Dharma the Wonder Dog!” Nice. Apparently, she responded, since what followed was a conversation between Broshear and the dog, which included (but was not limited to) chat about what she should wear, who would be in attendance and whether there would be dog chow waiting for her from the chef. Charming. After some chatter, they settled on her red cowgirl hat and off we went. I originally met Ryan while escorting the pooch to the Texaco Country Showdown last summer and was beyond impressed by his musical prowess and incredible charisma and said so at the time. Sifting through the archives of The River Reporter, I came across a quote which stated that Broshear (www.ryanbroshear.com) had such style that he “makes women swoon and grown men cry.” Nothin’ about animals at all, but clearly what he walked away with from our initial meeting was all about the dog. That’s great.