Merriweather Salazar

The Daily Post


“Helleu? Sargent residence…”

“Helleu! Is John in, please?”

“No, I’m afraid not. He’s off painting portraits of people sketching with their wives, again.”

“Indeed! I thought he’d stopped that nonsense after what’d happened last time.”

“Oh, would that it were!” Mrs. Sargent sighed. “He just can’t seem to help himself—and now he’s taken to bringing Merriweather Salazar along on these…outings!”

“Merriweather Salazar? Who on earth is Merriweather Salazar, Madame?”

“His trusted companion; man’s best friend, as they say.”

“I beg your pardon?” The voice on the other end of the line inquired. “I’m afraid I don’t understand…”

“Oh, do forgive me! Merriweather Salazar is Mr. Sargent’s dog: a Chihuahua-Saint Bernard mix.”

“My word! The voice gasped. How could such a thing have…happened?”

“I assume in the usual way, Sir.” Mrs. Sargent explained. “Although I’m no expert in dog breeding, it certainly does give one paws, doesn’t it, then?”


Susan Marie Shuman/SusanWritesPrecise
“Paul Helleu Sketching with his Wife” by John Singer Sargent

Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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