Growing up in between
II Don Juan, the dog
The landlord used to keep a mutt. Perhaps “keeping” was not the right word. The mutt just appeared in front of the lobby of the building every morning. The landlord would give him a bowl of leftover for breakfast, and then the mutt would disappear until the next day morning.
One day, Alexei’s mother suggested to follow the mutt and see what he was doing after breakfast.
That morning they became the stalking detectives.
The mutt first stopped by a tiny park (probably of just 8 sq meters) in the urban centre of Hong Kong. Within the bushes, came several tiny puppies and another big female mutt.
“So he was meeting his family,” the mother said to Alexei.
The two detectives continued their stalking.
Upon every traffic light, the mutt would sit down and wait for the green light to cross. He also stopped by a number of different spots, at which at least one female dog was waiting.
Occasionally, he would stop by restaurants.
One of the restaurants was an Italian restaurant, just like which in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp”, though he didn’t bring one of his girlfriends for the fancy meal.
At the end of the day, the two detectives concluded that the mutt was the Don Juan of his kind.
However, a few months later, the mutt no longer came.
Was he dead? Had he found a new home? Or perhaps he was sick of the cheap leftovers?
Alexei could not tell.
Maybe the mutt, like every Hong Kong people, was also lost in the urban jungle.