Meet Coco Chanel, a lovely Whippet who entertained us while we dined recently. With Poppy tucked under our table, we ordered and then began to notice the poses assumed by this graceful canine. (The location of this unnamed cafe in an unnamed town must be kept secret to avoid interference by the dog haters. But, if you see us in person, ask and we'll share.)
Front paws tucked beneath her, Coco sat still as a statue and meditated while we sipped our wine. Then she rose, stared ahead, lifted one paw, and held that pose for a long count. That paw came down and she transitioned into a full stretch with paws out in front. This was also held for at least a minute in good yoga fashion.
While Coco seemed unaware of the people around her, we suspect she realized Penny had begun taking photos of her poses with the phone pointed her way. That's when she assumed her avoid-the-paparazzi pose with her back to us and her tail curled.
On the way out, we couldn't resist stopping by Coco's table to praise her grace, both as a yogi and a cafe dog. We learned her name and that when she's not moving from slow-pose to slow-pose she, like other Whippets, can take off and run at a speed of 35 miles an hour.
We also think her name is fabulous. As her namesake Coco Chanel said, "Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance."
Coco, you are an elegant yogi. Thanks for adding your delicious self to our day.
Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: ©2015 Penny Cherubino