Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Paul M. Barrett & Beau

Who is in the photo at right?

This is Beau the Handsome Dachshund and me, Paul M. Barrett, coffee drinkers and literary sophisticates. We recently completed the nonfiction book, Glock: The Rise of America's Gun (Crown), which is officially out this month. I reported and wrote the book, a narrative history of the iconic handgun; Beau slept on my lap while I wrote it.

What's the occasion for the coffee break?

Nothing special, actually. Saturday afternoon, and we're just relaxing at home. Beau enjoys a nice cup o' joe, and I'm an addict. The truth is Beau likes plain milk more than coffee, but he's flexible.

What's the house favorite?

New Orleans style, with chicory. Just a little milk. No sugar.

Any snacks?

Beau is having some dental treats that help with his plaque. It's too close to dinner for me (chicken, mashed potatoes, and Brussel sprouts on the way!)

How did Beau join the family?

We adopted him from Dachshund Rescue of North America, which found him wandering the streets of Greenwich Village, of all places, without a collar. He is very bohemian, obviously. Beau is about five at this point (we think).

How did the canine get his name?

The rescue people told us that was his name. He acquired it from one of the people who fostered him. Originally it was spelled "Bo," but we changed it to "Beau." He answers to both.

Any aliases?

Beau-ski and Handsome Boy.

Where is his favorite place to walk?

The streets of Brooklyn. He's more of a policeman than a pedestrian, though. No other dogs allowed on our block. And no big dogs allowed anywhere. The lab next door is going to get his one of these days!

Favorite toy?

Nyla bone, for sure. That plastic is delicious!

What is Beau's best quality?

Devotion. He loves well, possibly to well. Dachshunds are known for attaching fiercely to their pack-mates. Beau is no exception.

What's Beau's best skill?

Singing. He has a lovely singing voice and is always ready to have a family choir session. Actual words not necessary, just good old fashioned high-pitched howling. We discovered his talent when he spontaneously began singing to some opera on television. He also likes classical violin. Mahler is a favorite.

If your dog could change one thing about you, what would it be?

We would never leave the apartment. Maybe never leave bed.

If your dog could speak in the movie about your life, who would do the voice?

Beau is a sensitive, funny lover of the arts. David Hyde Pierce would be perfect. He is one of our favorite actors in any role.

Visit Paul Barrett's official website for Glock: The Rise of America's Gun.

--Marshal Zeringue

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