Norman the schnoodle is being impossible

Kristin Gehring's big week

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Our dog is driving us crazy. Norman the schnoodle has been bugging us for weeks to take him on the Animal Care League's Walk for the Animals on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Maple Park (Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road). We told him that was fine, and we'd love to spend the day outside with him; but the registration fee is $25, which we don't happen to have at the moment. We pointed out that he was free to go door to door and raise the $100 in pledges that would mean his registration fee would be waived. He said how could we live in Oak Park and not have a lousy 25 dollars? Stupid dog.

So now we have to spend our Saturday walking up and down the block with Norman, who will get distracted by a squirrel every 10 feet and then attempt to chase it up a tree and bite it, a feat he has accomplished only in his dreams.

What we had hoped to do on Saturday was to go to the Plant Exchange at Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Our garden has once again failed to live up to our expectations; we want to start over. We will drop off our boring old plants between 10 a.m. and noon. Then we will go back at 12:30 p.m. and get new ones. Hope springs eternal.

And speaking of groundless optimism, when we get back home, Norman will no doubt be waiting at the door for us, pledge clipboard in hand...er, mouth.

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