The Little Dog That Could...Not
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My informant for this piece is Gable Munn. He’s a freshman at Utah State University studying biotechnology. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Georgia. Besides his 2 year mission period he has lived in Utah his entire life. Before we started our interview he expressed how important family was to him. Gable is a resident’s assistant in the dorm I live in, and that is how we met. He told me stories about his grandpa, family, and his mission.
This story was my friend reaching to find a story to help me finish the requirements for my class project;he wasn’t even sure this counted as folklore when he told it. This is his earliest memory, and one I have heard him tell on numerous occasions. This is his dog, and it has grown, and is still with him. This story revolves around his Shih Tzu when she was younger. She was the runt of the litter, and his family loved the puppy from the moment they laid their eyes on her. She has brought the Munn family a lot of fond memories, and remains with them to this day.
One of my earliest memories is from the first time I ever remember getting a dog. We went up to Pleasant Grove, because I’m from Springville, and got this little shih tzu puppy. She was the runt of the litter, and she was only like this big (cups his hand) she could fit in the palm of your hand, so adorable. And I know we have a picture of her that big somewhere, and it’s really cute, but I don’t know where it is now. But, we brought her home, and I was really excited because there was a new puppy, and I get to play with her. And I remember there was one day she was in the kitchen, and I walked in to eat breakfast, and she was getting a drink out of her water dish, you know; and she was so front heavy because she was so small whenever she got a drink she would tip and fall into her water bowl. (both laughing at the thought) She’s still alive now, she’s 17 years old now, that was 2002.
He told this story quite jovially; he has a lot of fond memories with this dog, I could see it in his eyes before he told me. He was laughing the whole story like he couldn’t wait to tell the punch line of a joke. It was told in a very casual setting, where it was just the two of us; he seemed very comfortable sharing this story, as he’s recited it before. He only paused to laugh once the memory of his shih tzu falling into her water dish resurfaced as he told it.
Intro to Folklore
Prof. Lynne McNeill
Semester and year
G7: Marriage and Family
Turner, Jake, "The Little Dog That Could...Not" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 554.
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