Betsy named him Bumpus after his tendency to crash into immovable objects as he dashed around our house and yard.
Bumpus came over for a sniff.
Bumpus sat near the two, acting like a protector and getting free hand pats for his reward.
"May I babysit for Clair sometime after I move up to Keene?" she asked, then turned to Betsy and added, "And maybe take Bumpus for walks?"
Two hours later, after too much coffee and too much worrying, and only Bumpus to talk to I telephoned Howie.
Molly held Bumpus' leash as we strolled down the wide sidewalk.
Bumpus sensed a walk and joined the two.
Would you please take Bumpus for a walk before we go?
Bumpus jumped from his nap at the sound of the familiar word.
Bumpus woofed for attention so Molly paraded him, allowing me to catch Betsy up with what was happening.
I looked up to see Molly and Bumpus approaching.
Bumpus followed, slapping our legs with his tail.
She helped Betsy in the kitchen and hovered around Bumpus like a hen with chicks.
Bumpus was our savior.
While Molly looked troubled when she returned, Bumpus was just the opposite, hopping around like he'd just retrieved a ball and would win a reward.
Maybe the man owns a dog himself and Bumpus smelled the scent on him.
"Or perhaps Bumpus was protecting you," I added, concerned.
She seemed to understand and was off to walk Bumpus while I filled in Betsy on my conversation.
I'd planned to wait until Betsy and Molly returned from walking Bumpus but I decided if I had to drive back into downtown Keene, I might as well swing by Wheelock Park Campground as it was on the way, at least sort-of.
Suddenly I remember Betsy and Molly were out walking Bumpus when I left the house!
"Bumpus and I got to ride in the back cage of the police car," Molly said as they met me in the driveway.
Bumpus got loose when something made a noise in the woods.
He even offered to mind Bumpus for a few days after I requested a recommendation for a kennel.
Jackson had stopped by for Bumpus who reluctantly jumped into the back seat like an arrested felon.