“He didn’t embarrass me or the corporation?” I asked.
“Not in the least,” she said.
You never know about a rookie at his first gig. He could have become nervous and bitten someone, committed an indiscretion during the parade or chased the 4:15 Greyhound from Birmingham.
“He was a perfect gentleman,” said Aunt Louise.
“He let all the children pet him, he sat on command and never whined or barked once.”
“Did the people seem to like him?” I asked.
“They loved him. He got to ride in a police car with the siren on, he appeared on two television stations and they gave me a key to the city with his name on it.”
This could be the start of an entire new career for Catfish.
Previously, by trade, he’s been a shoe chewer, door scratcher and a squirrel chaser.
He grew out of his shoe chewing and now has his own door through which he comes and goes as he pleases.
AJC columnist Lewis Grizzard.
No Future in Squirrel Chasing
He has remained ever vigilant on squirrel patrol, however. Every day of his life, he chases squirrels.
He’s never come close to catching one because they all run up trees, but doggedly, if you will, he continues his efforts.
But where might his new public career take him?
To other such festivals, of course. Also, to shopping center openings, used car sales-o-ramas, Moose Club barbecues, and perhaps even to a hog-calling contest or at least a rat killing.
After that, perhaps he could catch on with a beer company like those other dogs, or appear in a dog food commercial.
(On second thought, I hate dog food commercials. We all know the dogs are starved when they finally get a bowl of dog food put in front of them, and how does Ed McMahon know Alpo tastes all that good? Has he ever eaten any of it?)
Beating Down Doghouse Door
At the moment I’m also talking to Carson and Letterman. Earl Carson and Marvin Letterman, two guys who want Catfish to appear at the annual Red Bug Roundup in Itchlikehell, West Virginia.
I’m also negotiating with a man who wants Catfish to become the national spokesdog for Sooper Dooper Doggie Scooper. A product dog owners especially need, lest our sidewalks become unwalkable.
I do intend, however, to bring Catfish along slowly. Too much too soon is a dangerous thing. That’s why I told him he could keep the cigar he came home smoking last night.
“But that gold chain,” I said, “has got to go.”
A special woman: For a mother on her day
The good life: Me in my Guccis
On food: I ate breakfast — and lived
Southern ways: Chicago-like weather chills urge to gloat
My Mama’s pain over; I still hurt
Bisher: Grizzard ‘so young’ but not for us to say
Thank God, we now can preserve blessed Vidalias
The Varsity: Chili dog lover copes with that bark
Photos: Remembering Lewis Grizzard