We had a bear-sized dog come live with us before we were married and were moving Roland and the boys into the house. He was an older dog who had come with his own name – but if he hadn’t, we would have named him Houdini as he was an escape artist.
The first year we lived in Kearns we had gone to a Cinco de Mayo [taste of Kearns] celebration. The boys (Randy specifically) had wanted to enter Houdini in a contest but didn’t know what category. They ended up entering him in the fluffiest – we were among the first to arrive and hadn’t had the opportunity to see the one we knew would take first place.
Best trick really would have been the best option, but I don’t think the boys had a ball with them (as I recall we had just walked to the High School where the celebration had taken place) otherwise Houdini would have put all the other animals (even more so, their owners) to shame. For the “tricks” that were performed were not all that impressive – and each animal had to be rewarded for his unimpressive talent – whereas Houdini could bounce a basketball off his nose and didn’t need a reward. Being able to play with the boys was reward enough.
Houdini could also catch a baseball in his mouth. It seemed so odd that this overweight tailless dog had so much talent. From what I have captured on video tape, Houdini always had perfect aim.
Houdini has been our favorite dog of all the dogs that we’ve had. We miss him tremendously.