Spot used to be an ordinary dog in every respect. Eat, run around the garden with its tongue out and flapping, play, lie in the shade. Then one day Spot realised he has a taste for 20th century American literature. He taught himself to read then goodbye to rubber bones and fetching sticks and hello to Hemingway, Kerouac, Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Vonnegut and Faulkner, just to mention a few of his favourites. He preferred to read in the morning, with sometimes an extra few pages added right after lunch (having lunch at lunchtime – another human-like sophistication he developed) and spend the afternoon musing over the best passages of the morning’s read. The family, the neighbours and the entire town were very impressed, although some could not comprehend how Spot’s all-time favourite can be The Catcher in the Rye – odd for a dog. It’s important to note that no other canine followed his example, none took up reading in the neighbourhood. With time though, Spot read less and less, and his preference shifted to drama over novels. At one point the local library had no more books to offer to Spot and that was when he took up extreme sports. Having tried wakeboarding, wingsuit flying, freerunning (quite an obvious choice) and ice canoeing, he settled on bungee jumping. He travels extensively to far-away bridges, famous tall buildings and he jumps off the odd crane too. Spot appears to be a real talent and is now introducing a new sub-discipline: cordless jumping.
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