Why would you name your dog, “J. Edgar?” asked the friend of the newly minted puppy who was held by a sweet senior lady, clearly in love with the little lhasa apso who’d stolen her heart. Only those born before a certain date would even recognize the name of the former head of the FBI, but a love for the old 1960s TV show of the same name produced the image of a leader of an important government agency.
“J. Edgar,” she answered, “is my director of security for this house.” And he took his name seriously. The happy dog managed to greet any visitor immediately upon arrival, and he stayed in the room to hear all conversations at all times, or simply to be available to play ball or to be served snacks and treats between meals.
Lhasa apsos have the great history of being considered the pets of royals in Tibet, and their attitude for being “special” appeared to be in their genes. If they’re not clipped and groomed, they can grow to look like “dust mops with eyeballs,” and even that is cute.
If there had to be an operative word for lhasas, it would be “attitude” and that’s a dedicated part of their DNA. J. Edgar was an inquisitive but not nosy puppy. Life was pretty much routine for J. Edgar, so a fortuitous happenstance brought a new puppy into his life, “his baby,” a chihuahua named Pepe.
J. Edgar was able to be here on this earth for 14 years and every day he was around was tremendous for everyone who saw him and loved him. He will always be remembered with love.